[Interview] Sir Michael Rocks: Coming of Age
For Sir Michael Rocks, the recent national attention of the Chicago scene is something he is definitely excited about. It is also something he’s already tasted, and laid a lot of groundwork for, with his success as a member of the Cool Kids dating back to 2007. Now in 2012, Sir Mike finds little hesitation in assuming the role of a “young-OG” to a lot of Chicago’s up and coming emcees. It’s a bit different than when he was coming up.
“I used to wish there was somebody who would come help me out and school me to some game. But as I got a little older, I was like ‘damn, I guess I’m supposed to be teaching that to others. I guess I already knew it,” he said at his recent Lap of Lux release party, where along with his Toothpickclique crew members Shorty K & Tris J, Mike also brought in Caleb James, Alex Wiley & Kembe X to rock the show with him. “ I want to see them win, I want to see this state of mind continue. I’m going to keep pushing it forward,” said Rocks, who in many ways, is just coming to grips with the ups and downs of being a successful solo artist himself.
As we approach the August 2nd release of Lap of Lux, Rocks knows he has a greater presence both here in Chicago and nationwide. After assessing the successes and failures of his past 3 solo releases, he is truly coming into form as a thriving solo artist. Armed with a better grip on his vision, and where exactly he sees his movement going, Sir Michael Rocks is ready to hit the road on his first ever solo tour, hopefully this fall. When speaking on coming to terms with life of a solo artist, he said, “I can’t give up that steering wheel, I got to be in control. I got to be the leader of what I’m doing.”
Read on to learn more about Rocks and his fruitful future, the one he has been grinding for since his career began.