Who is Rory Fresco? well, does the song “Lowkey” ring any bells? I bet it does. Rory Fresco happened to be the fortunate teenager whose “Lowkey” song was selected by SoundCloud’s algorithm to be played directly after “Real Friends,” a song Kanye West released to SoundCloud on January 8. After that Rory’s life changed, labels came calling and he eventually decided to sign with Epic Records. Hailing from Kansas City, 808s and blues interviewed the 19 year old about his music, fans, inspirations and a possibly Kanye feat in his upcoming album.
So tell us about yourself Rory?
Im 19 yrs old, from Kansas City, MO and I’m gonna be the biggest pop artist in the world one day.
What made you start rapping?
I started rapping actually after I started producing. I was only rapping so I could showcase my production because I couldn’t get anybody else to rap on them.
How did it feel blowing up after lowkey?
It was surreal. I feel ‘Lowkey’ gave me a headstart. I still dont feel like I blew up yet.
How did you get signed to Epic Records and were there any other labels after you, if so why did you chose Epic Records over the others?
I got signed to Epic Records in April. Really just through knowing people. Almost every label was after me. I just picked Epic because why not?
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I like Michael Jackson, Kid Cudi, The Weeknd. I just admire the individuality. Like from the music to their aura and starpower. Its just super tight to me.
Apart from music what are your other interests?
-Clothes. I’m super into being the best dressed. And also designing. I just like looking cool and creating cool things.
You seem to be an anime fan, are you one? If so, what are your favourite anime’s?
I honestly never watched anime a day in my life lol besides The Boondocks if that even counts.
How do you feel about the rise of internet rappers such as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yatchy, Playboy Carti, Madeintyo and others?
They all cool. It’s a new era of artists. Everybody is they own person. It’s cool to see the progression.
Who is the GOAT rapper in your opinion?
Kanye West or Jay-Z. Both whom I grew up on. Anything thing else is blasphemy.
What’s your favourite album of all time?
Graduation by Kanye West. I got that CD when I was a kid, and it’s just always connected with me.
What are your favourite music genres apart from rap?
Pop and Rock. The 1975 one of my favorite bands.
What are your top 10 greatest albums?
No order: Graduation (Kanye), Man On The Moon (Cudi), MMLP (Eminem), Bad (MJ), The Blueprint (Jaz-Z), College Dropout (Kanye), The Carter 2( Wayne), Get Rich Or Die Tryin (50 Cent), Born Sinner (J. Cole), and Teen Spirit (RORY FRESCO)
Do you play any instruments? If so, what?
I play no instruments but I want to learn to play electric guitar.
What emotion would you use to describe your music?
Issa vibe. It’s happy but its got a fire in it as well.
What software do you use to produce your music?
FL Studio 10 for my beats. Pro tools for my vocals.
Who is your dream collaboration?
Sade or Jay-Z
What changes would you like to see happen to the music industry?
For the old heads to quit hating on the new generation.
Will you be going on tour any time soon and will London be on your list?
Yes, soon. And YES YES YES!
What do you think is your best track and why?
I like them all. They all like my babies. Hard to just pinpoint 1 as my fav.
Our favourite track from you is Movie Screens and recently we heard that Kanye West might be on it on your upcoming project, is that true?
Haha, who knows? Anything could happen at this point.
What do you say to those who believe you are an industry plant?
Well… It may be true lol again who knows? Anything is possible.
what advice would you give to people who like your music and want to follow your steps?
Pay attention really really closely. And just keep your eyes on my social media. Things are gonna get big soon.
When is your next project coming out and what can your fans expect from it?
It should be releasing in the next month or 2. Just expect an album quality project. It’s super tight and vibey and I think ppl will love it.
Will there be any big names on your next project? if so who are they?
Hmmm not sure tbh. Maybe. We working on new things everyday.
Anything you would like to add on Rory for your fans?
I love you all. Just stay tuned for whats to come. Bling Blaow.
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