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Bub Rock or King Bub Rock whichever you prefer is an up & coming artist from Long Island, NY. He been rapping for a few years but recently elevated his craft to the next level late 2018 & this year. He raps to motivate people out the struggle even after hard times. He recently dropped a project called D.R.E.A.M.S ( Do Right Even After Minor Setbacks ) He has worked with many artists over the years such as Rome Streetz, Eddie Kaine, Ralphiie Reese, Sleep Sinatra to name a few. We had to opportunity to add him to the “Behind the 🎤” series. Take this time to get to know who Rock is and get familiar with his music. As usual if you click the pics it will direct you to his music.
( TM ) What motivates you to make music in this new industry that’s harder for rappers like yourself to get the recognition you deserve?
( Bub Rock ) I’m motivated by reality, I’m motivated regardless but I don’t really acknowledge that kinda stuff as far as getting recognition amongst a particular crowd. I feel like I make music for everybody the people who it’s for will always support it but I don’t have a box I feel like I demonstrated that through my releases.
( TM ) What type of rap do you prefer bars or an artist talking about the struggle like yourself?
( Bub Rock ) I’m from the cloth of emcees that make good music. I think the curriculum of what an artist is has been changed so many times over time but I just stick to what I know. Music is universal language as well as therapeutic to me so I don’t necessarily expect my shit to be for everybody.
( TM ) Who are 3 artists you liked growing up that you would compare to yourself as far as painting a picture of the struggle?
( Bub Rock ) I was real bar heavy in my beginning stages until I gained the confidence to be more outspoken & transparent with my personal life. I would say Styles P, Joe Budden & Scarface added to me being comfortable enough to say certain things on wax.
( TM ) How did you come up with the meaning for your new project D.R.E.A.M.S?
( Bub Rock ) I actually had the acronym for years ( 2013 to be exact ) I just didn’t have the music that made what I wanted to display to the people clear. Timing is everything & this was the batch that had it. The project came out perfect in my eyes. I couldn’t ask for a better time to release this music under that title.
( TM ) Do you prefer Bub Rock or Bubba Rock?
( Bub Rock ) With me I don’t take that no way that’s actually my real nickname amongst family & close friends. It doesn’t bother me Bub Rock is short for Bubba Rock at the end of the day lol.
( TM ) Did dropping “ No Love Lost” on Valentine’s Day build your female audience up some?
( Bub Rock ) It did bring more female supporters but I already had females that loved what I do. Even before this realm of music heard me or heard of me. That’s just something I practice outside of rap as far as company I keep. That’s rare in this realm of music anyway I don’t hear a lot of rappers do songs directed towards women.
( TM ) You work with a lot of different producers do you plan on doing any one off projects anytime soon again?
( Bub Rock ) I do that might be later on down the line. I have a lot of new music on the way though for sure. I’m very in tune with my producers ( ALL OF THEM ) we all speak on a regular basis & they speak to each other so that’s dope. The music is never the hard part.
( TM ) What’s your thoughts on the current state of New York Rap?
( Bub Rock ) I always get asked that & honestly, I don’t care for it to address it or feel any way about it. I will say that it’s bigger than New York rap in my eyes. There are dope artists everywhere & everybody gets what they get from whatever they like or don’t like. This is art I can’t really tell you how to feel about my shit & you can’t tell me how much my shit should cost or what it is supposed to mean lol.
( TM ) “Sumtimes” is a real song any of us can relate with. Do you use your music as a way to release stress from things you’ve been through?
( Bub Rock ) Thanks & yea like I said before its therapeutic to me. Some things I probably won’t have a verbal conversation about will be addressed on a record at times. I enjoy making music even though it’s not just something for me to say what’s been bothering or what do I do/don’t like etc. I love to be creative I know what I bring to the table it’s deeper than “Struggle Rap” everybody deals with struggle. I know what music did for me & hopefully I catch the ears of like minded individuals through my story.
( TM ) What would you say to anyone who recently went through a setback that needs to hear some positive advice to help create change?
( Bub Rock ) I would say stop watching other people’s plates & comparing it to yours. Stay focused & stay consistent that’s the only difference between me & anybody else aside from skill, region, beat selection, co-signs etc. I just kept going.