Rockemical (born Avery Baker) is an independent hip hop/rap recording artist from Amarillo, TX. Raised in Plainview TX, Midwest City Ok, Olympia WA, Seattle WA and Casa Grande-,AZ. In 2003, he released his first project, “Paid Dues The Official Album”, with the group Dualz under his own imprint, Improvise Ent. The album took off immediately selling over 10,000 units without any major backing or distribution.
In 2005, Rockemical made what he calls his “Arizona Debut” at the Ghetto Government Hotel Pool Party, performing in front of over 5,000 people and over 20,000 people in attendance. This opened up some major outlets for Rockemical and he followed up with a few mixtape releases, performing all over Arizona and Southern California. In 2007, Rockemical released his first solo album “Grand New”. Then, in 2009, he followed up with his critically acclaimed mixtape “Grande Grindin & Getting Money” with veteran Dj Fes One, out of Seattle, WA. The mixtape went on to sell over 7,000 units and is still selling to this day.
Currently, Rockemical is sitting out the release date of his new album “Tha Life”, which should drop mid-April. He has already released the first official single and video off the album “The Best Around”, with two more already in the pipeline. The second single/video “We Da Shit” featuring Arizona heavyweights Wes Craven and Tear Drop, followed by the third single/video “Tha Life”, which Rockemical will debut at the official release party of the new album.
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In the meantime we have received an advance copy of “Tha Life”, to find out what all the fuss is about. “Tha Life”, is a flawless album when compared to the hip hop around today. Rockemical draws on the solid old school roots. So from the opening intro and “Arizona Heat,” to the final outro of “They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us”, Rockemical and his crew have crafted a modern-day, 12-track, rock-hard rap symphony.
Rockemical’s rhymes are rough, cocky, and hard as hell, like he doesn’t give a damn. He knows that hardness is conveyed through the flow, the lyrics, and the attitude. The classic heavy bass and snare claps from back in the day are all present and accounted for too!
Lyrically, Rockemical holds his own in today’s rap standards (which ironically seem to have taken a step backwards). His smooth voice which can turn into a fiery growl draws the listener in, as his flow takes you through a seamless ride. He has one of those voices that you instinctively like. There are few indie rappers that can match his style and delivery. Checkout “It’s Okayyy” and “I Get It In” (probably one of the best tracks on the album), to catch an ear load of Rockemical’s rhythmical flow and rhyme. Just like with every word he spits; the smooth deliveries fit right into the rhythm and melody of every song.
This is one of those albums, which you can put on, and let play. There isn’t any nonsense on this album. No fake bravado, no mass manufactured beats downloaded from internet, and above all, no filler tracks. Just straight up old-school flavored Hip Hop with some solid crossover R&B beats to get you grooving.
Lyrical quality beats and production don’t get much better than “Tha Life”, and there is not a track that I feel, I have to skip over. Finding an album where every song is a quality track is becoming more and more elusive in the current hip hop market. So hold on tight to Rockemical’s new one when it drops!
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