Q&A With Balize by Evan B. Culture
EBC: So you’ve started the New Year off strong with 2 dope videos for, “The Wake Up” and “R.N.K.” featuring Joe Blow, what can we look out for next from LRoc?
Lroc: We just recently dropped the MYL Volume 2 Project. And right after that we dropped the Feels Like video. You can expect after those two things, you can expect Long Live LROC, it’s a small EP. Then God’s Plan which is going to be the LP, the major album.
EBC: Any plans of a full-length album in the future? And if so, what can we expect from that?
Lroc: Plan is going to be much like MVIII. Its ride music. Long Live LROC is something we created for the end of summer, still kind of turnin’ up. But the God’s Plan is going to be some lyrical deep thought type of shit. Something you can ride to...
EBC: Now one of my favorite joints from you was, “Ignite A War” which has a very strong message. Given the state of our political climate can we expect any more track from you with this type of social commentary?
Lroc: I try to touch social issues as much as I can, to touch both sides. I do a lot of trap shit but I also do a lot of shit that I feel personally touches me and my community. Ignite A War is one of those songs. I have a song out with Stuey Newton called Black History Month. Me and B.E.Z are about to drop another project. It has a song called Pollution which is pretty dope too. It touches on those same type of views as Ignite A War.
EBC: You’re an incredibly dope lyricist and have a great ear for production. When did you first start to realize your talents as an emcee?
Lroc: I have always done like poetry type shit, like writing but I never gone to spoken word or actually performed it but I don't even know how I really….it was just the few people that I met or knew growing up that was into music
Once you find something that you're good at it's hard to let it go. Once you find out what you’re good at, you can't let that go no more. You got to pursue it, and once I found out that I was good at rapping’, which was like 4 years ago. I’ve been pursuing it ever since. And I feel like I’ve been getting’ better and I hope to be the best one day.
EBC: Now you’re from Tacoma, Washington which may not be on the national radar as far as music goes, but those that know the area know that there is a lot of talent that came from in and around this city. Who are some of the older artists from Tacoma inspired you to do what you do?
Lroc: To keep it a hundred before I started rappin I didn't even know like I wasn't in tune with no local niggas like that. As far as I knew mutha fukin Sir Mix A Lot was the only one rappin comin out of Washington period. Then I started gettin’ into it and I started generating my own personal favorites. Older cats like Cally Reed, Bruce Leroy niggas like that really be puttin on for the city and are really fuckin dope. Leezy niggas like that. I look up to them. And like watching’ them because they been doing, they’re still doing’ it but I’m real close to dem niggas but I ain't been doin it as long as them. That’s really what be pushin me, like “man I really got a chance man….”. I been doin this a lot less time than these niggas but I am gettin’ up there with them. People talk about me with them niggas and that’s dope!
EBC: People who know your music know you rep Gritty Gang, but you’ve also been working with MYL Music Group for a while. What is it like having those talented in-house producers at your fingertips?
Lroc: First of all these in-house producers, we are going to call them out by name! D Rock, Aaron J, Drew P them 3 mutha fukas like I dont even know how to explain it. D Rock, 16 years old, I met him when he was 14. So like he been making these beats since he was 14. It’s like he knew me before I met him. He knew what to expect, it's crazy shit. With D Rock, he made the beats and it fit my tone exactly.
Drew P on the other hand is different. His beats, I tend to not like at first. It's crazy, I got to really pick through them. Either I like em and he’s like they arent done yet and I’m like no I like that one where its at. Or he loves it and I really don't like it but we come to an agreement. But something about Drew P’s beats. He pulls this other type of rhyme scheme out of me.
In-house producers are such a convenience. That’s one thing artist coming up, you can't rap unless you got the beats. That's the thing you can go online and steal beats but that's like a real rap crime out here. You can't go stealin no beats offline. Then it gets expensive buying the beats…$120 for a beat here and a beat there. And half the time that's just leasing the beats. And it be like 10 other people that have the beat too. It's just dope to really be able to sit down and arrange the beats or create one together.
And Aaron J on top of that. He is just a genius, a musical genius. God blessed that man with talent unlike any other. To be able to rap, sing, write music, produce it, create beats, arrange it, mix it. Its dope. Its dope having that type of person around.
EBC: Besides the ones you’ve already worked with who would be your ideal producer collaboration in Washington State?
Lroc: Our studio was right next to a dude. His name is Vitamin D. He produced the theme track to Power. He was my right next door neighbor for like two years. We always talked. He is one of the biggest producers from Seattle. I always wanted a beat from him. I don't want to ask him for it though. I won't ask him for it. I want him to come to me, like him want to work with me. When the greats want to work with you, that’s how you know you’re doin it.
EBC: Are there any other artists right now locally that you’re working with heavy or that we should be on the lookout for?
Lroc: All the MYL Camp. Sippi, he’s a different breed. That music comes out so hard. Its real street nigga rap. Sippi, he’s a dope nigga. B.E.Z is filthy. I really fuck with Aaron J. I’m a rapper, what I do is rap all day long. I’m a heavy R&B nigga when I listen to music. So it’s dope to have somebody on R&B on your camp that you can listen to.
I listen to everybody on my camp. EVERYBODY! Dris, everybody. Everybody is live. I just love it. I never been a part of something like this. I mean I even was a part of Gritty Gang but there was some people I knew was cool but not filthy haha. It’s so good to be able to listen to everybody in your camp. It’s filthy!
EBC: What artists are you consistently keeping in your rotation right now?
Lroc: I keep myself in rotation. I listen to a bunch of beats. My rotation is instrumentals, Fab. I’m a dope boy so I be poppin shit like Yo Gotti. I listen to a lot of shit but mainly R&B though so I been listenin to a lot of HER and SZA. I be really poppin their shit, I get high and just play it like OKAY!
EBC: Anything else you want to tell the people checking this out right now?
Lroc: CHECK OUT EVERYTHING. Check out everything I put out. @CallmeLROC, follow me @LongLiveLROC as well. Something for the fans and people. Street Diaries is going to be on Digital Dope Boyz real soon...EXCLUSIVELY! Look out for that one!