[Interview] Sir Michael Rocks: Coming of Age
RubyHornet: Can you speak on linking with One Off Ent and how that’s helped this process going forward?
Sir Michael Rocks: Yeah man, they’re sort of acting as the label, you know what I’m saying. Putting the battery in the project, putting the muscle behind it. You can see the difference in this project and the past three I put out. The presence is stronger with this one, the presence is here more, because I have more of a team behind me, pushing this everywhere.
RubyHornet: Is that sort of new change one that you have assumed now that you’re working as a solo artist?
Sir Michael Rocks: I feel that I made some mistakes that I’ve learned from. Like Premier Poltics 1 & 1.5, Rocks Report, they didn’t really go anywhere. I mean, they moved around and made some noise within the popular crowd, but they didn’t go as far as they could have because I was just putting them out. I didn’t have any publicity or PR behind them, anything like that. I would just watch, like ‘what’s this one going to do?’
I would watch and watch, and I’d start picking up little things hear and there, bits and pieces of what I needed. I figured out that it wasn’t just about having good songs. You know what I’m saying? It’s about how it’s presented, the timing, placements, funding behind it. Everything. So I just figured that out, and I cooked up a situation where I could have the creative wheels to drive this car and no one would f*ck that up, or give me whack ideas. Where I can have the creative control and the muscle and the legwork behind it. 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. It’s not a good feeling when I got someone else making the decisions. Like if it pops, I feel guilty like ‘damn that wasn’t even me, I didn’t do it.’ And if it fails it’s like ‘damn, I should have f*ckin did it myself.” I’d rather take my destiny in my own hands, and pair that up with some smart strategies.
RubyHornet: After the Lap of Lux street album, you have any plans of going on tour?
Sir Michael Rocks: Yeah a couple tour offers for the fall. Me and TPC, we’ll probably be going back out on tour with Mac in the fall, a college tour. I got a couple others I can’t really speak on yet, they’re still kind of in the works. But I have a good amount of tours lined up now. Should be dope man, I’m ready to hit the road now. It’s funny because I was just up with Smoke DZA, Juicy J and them at Smokers Club and everyone wanted to bring me on tour. They’re like ‘man, you gotta come out on tour, can you go out in november blah blah…” Ever since I’ve dropped this new shit. But it’s cool to see things are working, man. When sh*t like that happens I don’t ever take it personally because when you see that something is poppin’, then of course it will grab your attention. Now that it’s poppin’ with the new stuff, it’s getting people excited and I’ve been waiting to go on tour, on the solo side. We’re gonna turn it up, bring hell of bitches out, and just get it poppin’.
RubyHornet: One last thing. I remember a couple years back you told me at Leaders there was maybe a song with Raekwon in the works? is that still around?
Sir Michael Rocks: Yeah. Shout out to Rae, man. I think when we get back out to LA to work with each other, we can get it on the next project. But I’ve been saving it for the right project, because that’s one of those you want to use at the right time.