If experience is the best teacher, newcomer Manolo Rose is receiving a crash course on the ups, downs, dos and don’ts of the rap game.
For context, the Brooklyn-bred rapper’s name began to ring bells back in summer 2014, when he released an undeniably catchy record called “Dopeman.” The cut would be marginally successful in comparison to Rose’s follow up, but became the center of controversy involving fellow King’s County rapper Troy Ave.
According to previous accounts of the story, Troy heard the song at a cookout and wanted to acquire it for himself. Rose, though hesitant, spoke with him, but the two didn’t reach an amicable agreement. So you can understand how surprising it was for him to hear “Dopeman” on the radio, re-titled “All About The Money” and pegged Troy’s track. Making the best of the situation, despite admittedly having discord towards the XXL Freshman, Rose appeared in the visual (his chorus remained in tact.)
Moving past the situation, with a lesson in tow, Rose has garnered even more exposure with the hood classic film-inspired “Run Ricky Run” and “Gun-Fu.” Meanwhile, there’s increasing anticipation for a proper full-length project from the spitter.
Rose recently spoke with Hip-Hop Wired. Peep why he’s Certified Fresh on the following pages.
Who: Manolo Rose is a Brooklyn native who grew up in the famed Marcy Projects that produced legendary rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z. At 27-years-old, he’s managed to amass a growing following from the singles mentioned above.
Credentials: Rose is becoming an Internet favorite one release at a time, and has garnered a co-sign from French Montana, Action Bronson, and more. He works closely with production team, Fame School, whose sonic range allows the rapper to display his range in a variation of ways.
Fun Fact: Rose is a self-proclaimed “Lo Head”. A quick glance at his Instagram page is all the affirmation you need of this truth.