He may only be 25, but he's no stranger to the hip-hop game. His work on the mixtape circuit earned him the attention of major artists, and he recently dropped an album,
, under Rick Ross's label Maybach Music Group. And along the way, he's acquired quite the sneaker collection (seriously, goals is the understatement of the century) and even got Ed Sheeran to be his personal barber while the two were working on a collab. Did we say goals yet? Anyway, before you hit follow on The Night I Went To… his 'gram, check out our interview with Rockie below...
Whose style are you a fan of?
Pharrell and Kanye inspired me a lot growing up. I have great appreciation for their style and music.
What do you think of men's style in music today — what makes it interesting? I think it's a free-for-all. You can do whatever you feel. I think people are becoming more accepting and it’s a good thing.
Have you always been into fashion? Always. My parents got me into fashion early. Sneakers were my first love.
Why is it important to stand out? Individuality is good for the soul — it also brings self-awareness and confidence.
What's the coolest thing you've worn recently?
Recently I really enjoy wearing the Yeezy 950 boots (pictured). I have hundreds of shoes but I can't stay out of those right now.
Tell us about your recent album. What are you most proud of about it?
was so fun to work on. I was able to get a lot of my feelings out. I'm proud I got to work with two of my favorite artists on it as well — Ed Sheeran and Chris Brown. The Night I Went To…
What can we expect from you in the coming year?
A lot of new music. Also, some cool events for kids in Chicago — stay tuned into
my socials for updates.
What have you learned from Rick Ross as a boss?
Stay working — hard work brings dreams to life.
What are your thoughts on jewelry?
I like jewelry, but I also like to keep it simple — I have a Rolex and a Jesus piece that I love.