Emilio Rojas is a rapper and recording artist from Rochester, New York. His has released six independent mix tapes including co-productions with DJ Green Lantern, Famous Stars and Straps, and Billionaire Boys Club. His 2013 mixtape, No Shame... No Regrets, charted at #14 on the iTunes hip-hop chart despite being available as a free download.
Rojas is the son of a Venezuelan father and an American mother. When he was 10, his father left the family and he was raised by his mother. Before leaving, his father had been physically and mentally abusive to all the members of the household. Using music as an outlet for the negative energy these experiences sparked, the young rapper's music took on a raw and personal tone. The best examples of the influence of these events can be heard on his records "Sympathy for the Devil", "Seek You Out", and "Tomorrow Never Comes".
Rojas' upbringing also led him to tackle socio-political issues and issues of ethnic and racial identity in his music. "Right to stay" is a first person narrative about a corrupt immigration officer and the undocumented immigrant woman he exploits in exchange for a free pass on her citizenship status. Rojas told the NY Daily News "My father is Venezuelan, and I'm trying to reconnect with those roots. This is real stuff that happens. It's a human rights issue." On records such as "Spic" and "All Mixed Up", Rojas addresses the expectations of being Hispanic in the United States, in addition to his own cultural identity issues as a biracial individual, struggling to gain acceptance into both the Hispanic or white community.
Rojas is a New York artist and his strongest influences are also New York artists. Jay Z, Nas and Big Pun were the strongest early role models in his career. Eminem is also a strong influence on his delivery and flow, a connection made only stronger by his affiliation with former Shady Records artist DJ Green Lantern.
Rojas has not signed to a major label. He has worked closely and released projects with numerous streetwear brands including Travis Barker's Famous Stars and Straps and Pharell's Billionaire Boys Club. In 2012 and 2013, rumours circulated that Rojas was going to be signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group (MMG) imprint. Ross tweeted about the partnership, addressed the rumours with Sway on MTV News, as well as released a Vlog arm in arm with Rojas.
Music blogs and other local artists have been crucial supporters of Rojas' music since the very beginning of his career, namely The New Music Cartel - Nahright, onsmash, 2dopeboyz, eskay, Legend, Shake and Meka.
Rojas has been a regular performer on major hip-hop outlets, performing for BET Backroom Cyher in 2013, MTV Mixtape Daily 2013, and BET Hiphop Awards Cypher 2014, in addition to numerous appearances on MTV Rapfix and MTV Jamz. Rojas has also appeared on almost all major Sirius hip-hop radio shows, including Kay Slay, Sway in the Morning, Static Selektah, Tony Touch and more.
Rojas entered into a partnership with industry leader Violator Management in 2012. The agreement was reached just prior to Violator founder and hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty committed suicide in August 2012.
2011 Various European Dates,
2012 Wu Tang Australian Tour,
2012 Kid Ink Summer Tour,
2012 XV North East Tour,
2013 Dizzy Wright Golden Age Tour,
2014 Emilio Rojas and Hi Rez Fuck Your Opinion Tour,
2014 Joe Budden Some Love Lost Tour,
"I Got It (Pu**y and Cologne)" Single
Urban Top 100 Singles
"No Shame... No Regrets" Album
iTunes Hiphop Charts
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