Rockie Fresh

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Rockie Fresh
RockieFreshJan2014.jpg
Rockie Fresh performing in January 2014
Background information
Birth name Donald Pullen
Born (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991 (age 23)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Maybach Music Group, Atlantic Records
Associated acts Casey Veggies, Rick Ross, Lunice, Good Charlotte, Hit-Boy
Website www.rockiefresh.com

Donald Pullen (born April 16, 1991), better known by the stage name Rockie Fresh, is an American rapper born in Chicago, Illinois signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records. He is known for his alternatively influenced style of hip-hop, and his associations with recording artists Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy,[1] and Joel & Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In 2009, Rockie began recording his debut mixtape Rockie's Modern Life in a small recording studio Chicago, IL. During the recording process, he met Andrew Koenig and Andrew Gertler, who became his managers under APG Music Group.[3] They released Rockie's Modern Life in December 2009, and followed it up with another mixtape, The Otherside in December 2010.[4]

The success of the projects earned Rockie widespread acclaim from hip-hop blogs and publications, and performances across the country including one at Bamboozle Festival, where he met Josh Madden, who would later introduce Rockie to his brothers Joel & Benji Madden of Good Charlotte. Rockie's music also grabbed the attention of Fall Out Boy lead-singer Patrick Stump, whom Rockie has cited as a major influence and has since toured with.

Since the release of The Otherside Rockie has been named one of Metromix's "25 Hottest Artists Under 25"[5] and his music has been featured on The CW's nationally syndicated television show Nikita.[6] He was also featured on Good Charlotte's project The Madden Brothers: Before The Fame according to Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.[7]

In 2012, Rockie released his mixtape Driving 88, which led to his signing with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group on July 12 via Atlantic Records.[8] After his signing, he released his fifth mixtape and debut Maybach Music Group project 'Electric Highway'. It features guest appreances from Lunice, Rick Ross, Nipsey Hussle, Curren$y and others. Production is handled by The Gift, Boi-1da, The Maven Boys and others. He has also since appeared on Rick Ross "The Black Bar Mitzvah" mixtape, amongst other Maybach Music Group collaborations and remixes.

On April 29, 2013, Rockie Fresh released a seven-track project in celebration of his birthday, amply titled 'The Birthday Tape'. Featuring vocal appreances from his MMG members Rick Ross and Gunplay. Shortly thereafter, he announced an endorsement deal with shoe & apparel brand PUMA. Compilation album Self Made Vol. 3 from MMG got released on September 16, 2013. Rockie Fresh made appreances on 4 tracks on the album and on two more tracks on the Best Buy deluxe edition.[9] On 16 December 2013, Rockie Fresh and Casey Veggies collabration mixtape "Fresh Veggies" got released. It is presented by PUMA and released under Maybach Music Group and Peas N' Carrots International. The mixtape features vocal appreances from Overdoz, Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J, Kirko Bangz and Hit-Boy. "Fresh Veggies" was produced by Lunice, Jahlil Beats and Hit-Boy, among others.[10] Fresh was nominated for the 2014 XXL freshman class, but didn't make the final cut.[11]

Discography[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[12]
US R&B
[13]
US Rap
[14]
Self Made Vol. 3[15]
(with Maybach Music Group)
4 1 1 US: 74,000
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Rockie's Modern Life[16]
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Otherside[17]
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Otherside Redux[18]
  • Released: July 27, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Driving 88[19]
  • Released: January 23, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Electric Highway[20]
The Birthday Tape[21]
  • Released: April 29, 2013
  • Label: Maybach Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
Fresh Veggies[22]
(with Casey Veggies)
  • Released: December 16, 2013
  • Label: Maybach Music Group, Peas N' Carrots International
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Spotlight"[23] 2011 N/A
"God Is Great"[24] 2013 Self Made Vol. 3

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"They Notice" 2011 Brandun DeShay All Day DeShay: AM
"Take Me Back to Teenage Crime" Banji, Joel Madden Before, Volume 1
"The Right Track (So Cold)"
"Miserable At Best" Cardo, Gerald Walker On Your Side
"Shit I Know" 2012 Tayyib Ali Keystone State Of Mind 2
"King Me" Noelz Vedere, Vic Mensa The Popular Kid
"Fresh Air" Probcause, Diggs Duke The Recipe Vol.1
"Insane" YP Sleep Walking
"Can't Hide It" Sir Michael Rocks Lap Of Lux
"Mercy" Rick Ross The Black Bar Mitzvah
"Presidental" (Remix) Rick Ross, Pharrell
"Clique" Rick Ross, Gunplay The Black Bar Mitzvah and Cops & Robbers
"Smoke Something" 2013 YP Wide Awake
"Back Down" The Midi Mafia Get Connected Brand X
"Energy" Casey Veggies N/A
"M.I.A." (Remix)[25] Omarion, Rick Ross, French Montana
"Gee Whiz" J'Lynn UnderClassmen
"Hail To The King" Winners Circle Winners Circle
"Somewhere In America"(Remix) Hit-Boy N/A
"Fuck Em all" Giftz, King Louie Position of Power
"Time Is Money" Vic Mensa Innanetape
"Keep It 100" Sasha Go Hard Nutty World
"My Story (Chicago Remix)" R. Kelly, Katie Got Bandz N/A
"Been On (Remix)" 2014 G-Eazy, Tory Lanez
"Fresh" Fat Trel Gleesh
"Too Real For This" Dizzy Wright State of Mind
"Makin Moves" RZA Only One Place To Get It
"Finals 2" Rick Ross, Wale, Gunplay, Fat Trel, Tracy T, French Montana N/A
"We Run It" The Hood Internet Out Of The Ordinary

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Living"
(featuring Naledge & Phil Ade)
2011 Davy Greenberg
"A.C. Green"
"Sofa King Cole [Redux]" Justin Oh
"Ducking N Dodgin"
(with Casey Veggies)
N/A
"No Fear" Davy Greenberg
"How We Do"
(featuring King Louie)
2012 Elijah Alvarado
"Into The Future" Nem Perez
"You A Lie (Remix)"
(featuring Rick Ross)
Spiff TV & Dre Films
"Nobody" 2013 N/A
"The Warnings" Ryan Snyder & Spiff TV
"Life Long"
(featuring Rick Ross & Nipsey Hussle)
Dre Films
"God Is Great" N/A
"Panera Bread"
(featuring Rick Ross & Lunice)
Dre Films
"Celebrating Life"
(with Casey Veggies)
David Camerana
"What Ya Used To"
(featuring Hit-Boy)
2014 Dre Films

As featured artist[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"King Me"
(Noelz Vedere featuring Rockie Fresh and Vic Mensa)
2012 DeepEnd Imagery
"Insane"
(YP featuring Rockie Fresh)
GL Joe
"Smoke Something"
(YP featuring Rockie Fresh)
2013 Will Gates
"Gee Whiz"
(J'Lynn featuring Rockie Fresh)
J'Lynn
"Black Grammys"
(Wale featuring Meek Mill, Rockie Fresh and J.Cole)
2014 N/A
"Been On (Remix)"
(G-Eazy featuring Tory Lanez and Rockie Fresh)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VIBE.com". VIBE Article. 
  2. ^ "RollingStone.com". Rolling Stone Article - "Good Charlotte Releasing Mixtape, Then Taking a Break". 
  3. ^ "HitQuarters.com". Q&A on Rockie Fresh with Andrew Gertler, manager at APG Music Group. 
  4. ^ "NBC Chicago". NBC Feature - Six Minutes With Rockie Fresh. 
  5. ^ "Metromix.com". "25 Hottest Artists Under 25" Article. 
  6. ^ "CWtv.com". "Nikita" Music - Season 1 - Episode 119. 
  7. ^ "Billboard.com". Good Charlotte Article - Rockie Fresh mention. 
  8. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  9. ^ 09/11/2013 20:18:52 (2013-09-17). "Self Made Vol. 3: Rick Ross, Rockie Fresh, Wale Hit Hard". MTV.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  10. ^ Diep, Eric (2013-10-30). "Rockie Fresh And Casey Veggies Releasing Collaborative Project - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  11. ^ "Rockie Fresh - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  12. ^ Billboard 200 peaks:
  13. ^ R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:
  14. ^ Rap Albums:
  15. ^ "Maybach Music Group – Self Made Vol 3 (Album Cover)". Xclusives Zone. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  16. ^ "Rockie Fresh - Rockie's Modern Life Hosted by DJ RTC // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  17. ^ "Rockie Fresh - Otherside Hosted by DJ ill Will, DJ Rockstar // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  18. ^ "Rockie Fresh - The Otherside: Redux // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  19. ^ "Rockie Fresh - Driving 88 Hosted by DJ Ill Will // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  20. ^ "Rockie Fresh - Electric Highway Hosted by Dj Ill Will // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  21. ^ "Rockie Fresh - The Birthday Tape Hosted by MMG // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  22. ^ "Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh - Fresh Veggies // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  23. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spotlight/id486127362?i=486127363&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - God Is Great - Single by Rockie Fresh". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-07-16. 
  25. ^ "Omarion f. Rick Ross, French Montana & Rockie Fresh - M.I.A. Remix". HipHop DX. March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.