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If you haven’t heard the buzz yet, let it be known that Chicago native Rockie Fresh isquickly becoming your next favorite rapper. Only 21-years-old and starting his music career just a few years ago, this young up-and-comer is already one of the hottest up-and-coming artists in hip-hop.

With a unique sound that has deep urban undertones and an alternative rocker mentality, Rockie continues to break barriers and defy conventions. Fresh’s debut mixtape “Rockie’s Modern Life” was released in December of 2009, quickly propelling him into Chicago stardom as fans and tastemakers across the city began echoing the name of a new hometown hero. Not sure what to expect, Rockie took to the stage for the very first time in his career at his own release show. To his surprise, he found himself in front of a sold out crowd of eagerly anticipating fans.

In 2011, Rockie continued to outdo himself with the release of his second mixtape, “The Otherside”. The project was deemed “one of the most impressive mixtapes to close out 2010” by The Smoking Section and one of the best mixtapes of the year by many, earning a spot on WIRED Magazine’s list of the best mixtapes of 2011.

Earlier this year, Rockie released his third project, “Driving 88” to widespread critical acclaim. XXL Magazine gave “Driving 88” an XL rating (4/5 stars), and Complex proclaimed that it “is sure to establish Rockie as a force to be reckoned with”. The project even caught the attention of rap sensations Rick Ross and Diddy, and landed Rockie a spot as Ross’ newest member of Maybach Music Group (Warner Bros. Records).

Now coming off of his first MMG mixtape release "Electric Highway", which was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first 24 hours, Rockie is poised to continue his takeover into 2013.