Rocko Green Hoodie_Grey Hat_0

V Exclusive! Rocko Talks New Projects, Working With T.I. & Future’s Success [PG.2]

You’re also working on a book entitled Gift of Gab as well, what’s the idea behind that project?
 I consider myself to multi-faceted. I’ve never been content with just doing one thing. If there was something I thought about that I wanted to do, I always tried to do it just to say I did it. For the most part, I’ve been fortunate enough that everything I’ve tried, I’ve been successful at it. I started my label and within the first year, I had a major record deal. I started rapping; I got my home solo record deal off of me just having fun. So I’ve realized when I apply myself, I try things and do it. I’m not trying to be religious, but in the book, it says you take one step, and then you take two. I’ve always stepped out on faith with everything that I’ve done. I just told myself, I’m going to write book. So I did, and that’s how it happened. When I tell myself I’m going to do something, I do it. So the Gift of Gab will be the perfect title. It was gift. It was nothing that I did. It was something that was given to me. I hope that my people, my fans, and even people that don’t know me and never heard of me, get a whiff of what’s going on and take the initiative to check it out.

When can we expect the book to drop?
I don’t have it set in stone as a set date as of right now, but it’s coming soon. It’s coming very soon.

Aside from your book, you have two new music projects on the way. First, what can fans expect to hear from your upcoming mixtape Seeing is Believing?
Seeing is Believing is the warm-up. I’m dropping that first to warm-up the fans prior to the release of the album. My album, I’m scheduling that for August of this year, One of One. As far as the mixtape, I’m working with T.I., Jeezy, Future, Meek Millz, and Gucci for the most part. That’s pretty much who’s on Seeing is Believing.

Self Made was heavily influenced production-wise by Drumma Boy, who are you working with this time around for One of One?
As far as One of One, Drumma and I haven’t been locking in like we used to, but he’s definitely going to be on there. His brother Insane’s going to be on there, also Cool & Dre, and for the most part a lot of up and coming producers. There are a couple of people I took a liking to and wanted to make magic with.

Any collaborations in the works?
Who I know is going to be on the album as of right now is Future. I’ve done collaborations with people, but as I keep working on the album, the direction changes, the vibe changes, and I just want it to flow smoothly.

Speaking of Future, he’s been doing his thing right now as the breakout star on A1 Recordings. How does it feel to witness and be a part of Future’s success thus far?
It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve always believed in him. I saw, and I knew that it was possible. That’s why I took the initiative to sign him and invest my money in him. It’s hard to find somebody who you want to invest your hard earn money into. Future said me, “All you have to do believe in me and invest in me and I’m going to go hard!” I took his word for it, and not only did he bring his talent to the table, he went above and beyond that every day to achieve his goals. It’s not a situation where I have to tell him what to do, he wants it. I used to be in situations with artists where I wanted it more than they did. Future understands it and gets it. He’s going to be the megastar we talked about five or six years ago.

As a businessman, artist, and a father, how do you stay grounded?
To sum it up in one word, it’s work. When people see you on TV, out and about, kicking it, driving your car, they see that and say, “I want to do that.” But, what they don’t realize is it takes a lot of work. It’s all about balance. I’m not saying I’m perfect in any arena because I know I could be a better father, businessman, artist, but I just work harder and harder everything, doing the best I can in all of the different arenas. 

Click Here To Go Back

From the Web

More on Vibe

102-Year-Old Woman Evicted From Home To Make Room For Landlord’s Daughter

A 102-year-old woman living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Ladera Heights is being evicted from her home of three decades. Thelma Smith was notified on March 8 that she has to move out so that the landlord’s daughter can move into the single-family home, after she graduates from law school.

Smith was on a month-to-month lease and has been paying “very low rent,” her longtime neighbor told the L.A. Times. She has to be out of the home by June 30.

While Smith’s eviction is legal, as landlords have the right to evict tenants to help relatives under L.A.'s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival told the Times that the law is used to “target low-income paying tenants.”

Smith is a former director of the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity aimed at serving underprivileged youth. She has yet to find a new home, and rejected her neighbor’s offer to move in, but it looks like she’ll be getting housing assistance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor and former California Governor vowed to help Smith, whom he called a “dear friend for a long time.”

“Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless,” he tweeted Friday (May 24). Schwarzenegger went on to state that he will be reaching out to Smith. “Landlords, you’ll hear from me too,” he added.

Thelma has been a dear friend for a long time. Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too. https://t.co/IJQrclGQ6I

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 24, 2019

Landlord Arthur Hilton explained to CBS News that the home was never meant to be a rental property, even though Smith had been living there for 30 years. “This property was purchased by my parents not for rental but for the Hilton family,” he said.

Smith, a widow who never had children, planned to live in the home for the remainder of her life.

See more on her story in the video above.

Continue Reading
Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

Rey Ma Facing Additional Charges In Alleged Assault Against Brittney Taylor

Rey Ma has been hit with additional charges in an ongoing assault case in which she stands accused of attacking former Love & Hip Hop: New York cast member Brittney Taylor. The Bronx native appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday (May 24) where she was arraigned on four misdemeanor charges, according to TMZ.

Although Remy was initially charged with assault, and turned herself in to authorities earlier in the month, she now faces two counts of third-degree assault, one count of second-degree aggravated harassment, and one count of second-degree harassment. She was offered the option to plead guilty to the top charge and enter anger management in exchange for having the other charges dropped but reportedly rejected the deal.

A trial date has been set of July 12.

Taylor claims Remy punched her in the eyed during a run-in at the Pretty Lou Charity Concert at New York City’s Irving Plaza last month. Remy was among the event performers along with Fat Joe, Jim Jones and more. She denies attacking Taylor and claims to have video evidence proving her innocence. TMZ reports that prosecutors have since changed the time of when the supposed altercation took place to line up with the time that Remy would have been at the venue.

Upon leaving the courtroom Friday, Remy didn’t mince words when speaking about going to trial. “Who looks forward to going to trial? I have things to do in my life,” she said according to the New York Daily News. “I have a real job, I have a family, I have a husband, I have a daughter.”

Continue Reading
34 black female cadets from West Point's Class of 2019 pose at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Cadet Hallie H. Pound/U.S. Army via AP

Black Women Cadets Make History At West Point Graduation

A record number of black female cadets are set to graduate from West Point (The United States Military Academy). After completing four years of education and "testing their limits," 34 black women will be walking across the stage at the 2019 commencement ceremony for the first time in the school's 217-year history.

Earlier this month, the black female cadets came together for a pre-graduation group photo. Little did they know, the photos of them in traditional Old Corps uniforms with ceremonial sabers would make their rounds on social media.

“My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability an fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with,” shared one of the cadets, Tiffany Welch-Baker, in an interview with Because Of Them We Can.

Although West Point admitted its first black cadet until 1870, the academy didn’t graduate its first black cadet until the Reconstruction in 1877. In 1979, Vincent K. Brooks was made the first black captain of the Corps of Cadets. In 2017, Simone Askew became the first Black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets.

Senior cadet Stephanie Riley told The Associated Press in another interview: “I just showed myself and those who thought I couldn’t do it initially that yes, I can. And not just, ‘Yes, I can.’ I can show other little girls that yes, you can come to West Point. Yes, you can do something that maybe the rest of your peers aren’t actually doing. And yes, you can be different from the rest of the group.”

The class of 2019 includes a total of 223 women, another milestone since the first female cadets' graduation in 1980. The total number of graduation African-Americans doubled to 110, while the number of graduating Latinos became the largest, 88, in the academy's history. West Point also appointed Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams as its first black superintendent in July 2018.

Not only will West Point be graduating its 5,000th female cadet, but it will also have its highest number of female Hispanic graduates, 19. The commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 25, with Vice President Mike Pence delivering the commencement speech.

Congratulations to the black ladies of West Point's graduating Class of 2019!

Continue Reading

Top Stories