Sir Michael Rocks seems really comfortable as a soloist now, but that wasn’t always the case. Creating his first solo mixtape The Rocks Report out of label frustration and a need to record, it would spell the start of Rocks’ solo career and served as the launching pad for the artist that appears today.

Rocks admitted he was afraid to jump out on his own away from the successful Cool Kids umbrella, but felt a need to establish himself on his own two. Around 2010, Chuck Inglish began to work with notable rappers such as Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, Chip Tha Ripper, Dom Kennedy and a host of others. Rocks felt like it was time for him to take a similar path in spreading his wings.

“It became evident to me, especially around the second mixtape Premier Politics, that this solo thing was moving,” shared Rocks. “Chuck was getting his beats to high profile artists and I began meeting new people and producers. Around that time too, Chuck moved to Los Angeles and I was still living in Chicago. It made it more difficult to make music together because we had always lived together and worked together. I felt this was my chance to get myself heard and he [Chuck] was doing what he was supposed to be doing. It just made sense.”

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