The yellow hearts are back! 2017 is the year of the underdog. Rocky Banks is bringing a new wave to the city of Houston. His latest project, Trust in Banko, released February 7th, has a vast range of sounds. Emerging from the Houston hip-hop music scene, Bank0 is straying away from the sound the city is known for and creating one of his own.
In an interview with Houston Hip Hop Fix, Rocky Banks described his latest project as having a distinct sound. Although he’s commonly compared to Kendrick, he differs as stated on the album’s track, “Self Esteem Freestyle.” “Don’t compare me to Kendrick I got a different forensic.” Banko argues he cannot sound like someone in particular when his sound is a blend of numerous artists.
The album itself is a glimpse into who Rakeem Williams is. It highlights battles he has struggled with throughout his life, some of which continue to this day. He reminisces on how he began rapping as 16 year-old Tyrant from Missouri City as well as who he is now, a young black man who has liberated himself from the need for drugs and has taken control of his life. Rocky Banks is now well on his way of pursuing his dream as an artist in 2017, becoming a Showcasing Artist for this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.
Rocky’s desire to share and positively influence others is displayed not only through his willingness to change his own past but in his movement of the Yellow Hearts. He encourages young people to get away from toxic habits such as drugs as presented in his mixtape, “In Other News I Don’t Do Drugs Anymore.” He is not shameful about his experimentation with drugs but he acknowledges he has matured in hopes to encourage others to do the same.
Trust in Banko has a little for everyone. Don’t worry ladies, he’s even got you covered in “Chivalry.” From the introductory track to the very last, it had me hooked. The songs had my head constantly bobbin’. Needless to say the album kept me engaged with fire beats and lyrics.
The album’s production credits include Mufasa Enzor, featured on “Skrt Off/New New”, Nate Coop, Charity Evaughn and Jordan Lumley as well as Jak Brown, who has also engineered for 2Chainz, Kanye West, T-Pain, Ludacris and many more.
Trust in Banko is now available on Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, SoundCloud, Spotify and an autographed copy through his website TrustInBanko.com
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