‘My shine’ is an extract from his upcoming album ‘eMoyo’, which follows his previous studio album ‘Lingo’.
Rockie has brought life back to the city during a crisis when local hip-hop artists are still struggling to give the audience tangible projects.
My shine is not a half-baked project like most local hip-hop songs currently trending on radio stations.
“I know they thought, but no, they can’t stop my shine” his lyrics speaks volumes, targeted to all the gatekeepers who sleep on him.
Rockie DoUb also addresses some emotional life experiences that most nowadays music lacks. He sends some warm shouts out to his childhood best friend and brother Believe who recently passed on a year ago.
We had an online interview with the artist as he openly spoke about his project and lifestyle. let’s hear out what he had to say,
Rockie DoUb Interview
- 01. What drew you to make the project in the first place? Was marketing a factor, or something else? I’ve always been a fan of Kwaito…and telling the ghetto story…now I decided to have a sound that I can say is unique to Rockie DoUb and it’s just what me and my producer JayTweny8 have been working on…a fusion of Kwaito,Piano and Hip Hop to tell the Bulawayo Story
- 02. Did this project grab you on first hearing, or did it need repeated listening before you started enjoying it? Why do you think that is? Was there deliberate attempt at accessibility? like I said, we cooked from scratch, I knew what to say on the first string, that’s how I’ve always worked with Jay, it just made sense.
- 03. Does the whole project fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms? Can you spot key influences? Have these been merely copied or has there been development, updating or reworking? What was most original about the music? The whole project fits into this very sound, you take Endleleni which made top 100 last year, Mangingene which has done well on radio and other unreleased songs, it fits the bill, it’s all influenced by these ghetto elements that will immediately tell you this is Rockie DoUb.
- 04. Were you affected emotionally by the music? Can you identify particular moments when this happened? Did these moments reflect or coincide with intensity in the lyrics? Everything about music is emotional, my 1st 6 bars are somewhat a prayer, a ghetto boy’s prayer, the hook is me pushing negativity away, and of course the 2nd verse I talk about my late friend…its a nice jam but emotional when you get deep in it.
- 05. Does the project stick in your mind because of the lyrics? Lyrically the song is balanced, it can be a shallow jam to someone, and be a motivational anthem to another person, from a lyrical stand point it’s a 9.
- 06. Is there a consistent lyrical style through the project, or a range? Is it immediately accessible, or does it require reflection? Do you sense that this is deliberate? Because it’s me, I’ll Always have an identity, the lyrics ( hustler music ) , the patterns…I wouldn’t say deliberate but it’s who and what Rockie is and you can tell throughout the project.
- 07. Were there any key ideas or images which were inventive or which worked particularly well? Or some that were less successful? Everything I put in worked well, I told my story, hopefully told your story…hopefully a story that lifts you up, less successful wouldn’t make it in the album.
- 08. Did any lyrics allude to other songs (previous songs made) , ideas or art-forms? Is there any religious themes that get appropriated or subverted? Nah. None
- 09. Does the project express the point of view of different persona and characters? Or does it seem more autobiographical? Or perhaps observations and reflections on historical or contemporary events and and situations? Like I’ve been saying, it’s a ghetto boy’s story, maybe when I get into my less vernacular elements it sounds like a different character but the lyrics are the same, but it’s everything a boy like me is and what he’s feeling!
- 10. What does the upcoming project’s title reveal, if anything, about the project’s impact and themes?The Title is eMoyo, it’s taken from my surname, basically says thank you to my family For making me, and also saying when people decide to thank me for giving them joy through this music they can just say eMoyo.
- 11. Do you detect any clear purpose in the way the project is structured? Is there a sense of progression or grouping? Or does it seem more like a string of stand-alone tracks? Things with no structure tend to fall apart or crumble, right?
- 12. Are there hints of a consistent, underlying worldview through the project? What does it say about the nature of reality, morality or humanity? Are there ways in which this engages with, endorses or even challenges, a Christian worldview? How should we respond? .Reality is in everything we live through, it’s real. I wouldn’t speak of people’s religious views though coz that has nothing to do with me.
Rockie DoUb Interview Part 02
- 01. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now? If I wasn’t a musician I wouldn’t have fulfilled my calling…I’d be miserable…probably a professional footballer
- 02. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why? I’d probably take Monate Fela, it’s my biggest to date.
- 03. Which musician would you like to collaborate with next ? probably take a Tamy Moyo collab.
- 04. If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be? That I am passionate.
- 05. If you could be a fruit, which one would you be and why? On a scale of 1-10, how good is your new single compared to your last one?A fruit..an Apple coz it makes alcohol, what kinda question is that😂…my new single a 11 man!..
- 06. If you could date a local musician (Or Celebrity), who would it be and why? Qeqeshiwe, coz she’s Qeqeshiwe.
- 07. Do you think you could get any better as a musician?And If so, how would you achieve that? I will get better as a musician, check my catalogue, how do I achieve that, I learn, I listen and I experience.
- 08. If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be? Listen, Learn…and thank you for your support, the best is yet to come!MaskUp #BeSafe.