Rob is a rapper who hails from Milwaukee who I just recently came across, which isn’t too outrageous considering he only has two songs on his soundcloud, the oldest being from two months ago. One thing that he does very well is that he utilizes his voice as almost an instrument, he ranges it from high to low & soft to aggressive in what seems like a bat of an eye. Take a few minutes out of your time to learn something about him below, then make sure you give him a follow here!
EM: To start off, give a brief introduction of yourself to our readers who may not be familiar with you.
RH: My name is Robert Hicks , but most people know me as Rob Hicks. I’m a recording artist out of Racine, WI . I pretty much have been exposed to music my entire life. I’m not really a social person, people always tell me how quiet I am in person, and then they expect the same with my music, but they get the opposite when they listen. That’s pretty much it , I don’t really have a life, I just focus on my craft.
EM: When did you first start creating music?
RH: I started writing music early, like I was 8 or 9. My homie and I would like buy a cd full of industry beats , a blank cassette tape, and I already had a boom box and shit , and that’s how we would record lmao. We didn’t give a shit about quality back then, but that’s how I got started . After that , I got into recording at home and in the studios later in life , perfecting my sound, bending my voice , all that good stuff . I honestly didn’t take a music career seriously until after high school, shits real as fuck now tho.
EM: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened before?
RH: I would describe my sound as ominous..I use a lot of different voices and cadences that I play with but I would describe it as ominous if I had to pick a word. When you listen to my music, you’ll feel like disaster is going to strike.
EM: Who are your top 5 biggest influences musically?
RH: My top 5 biggest musical influences would be Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Rick James, Big L and Outkast. They’ve helped me get through life and each have played a huge role in me becoming the artist that I am today.
EM: What are your top five favorite albums of all time?
RH: For albums, Big L – The Big picture. Notorious B.i.g – life after death. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter, Kanye West – MBDTF , and Outkast – ATLiens
EM: What are your top five favorite mixtapes of all time?
RH: For mixtapes, fuck that’s hard… Wiz khalifa Kush and Orange Juice. Lil Wayne Da drought 3, J.Cole Friday Night Lights , ASAP Rocky Long Live ASAP and Danny Brown XXX
EM: If you could collab with one person dead or alive who would it be?
RH: Rick James. He’s one of my favorite artist ever. Like I’d incorporate his vocals sort of how Kanye does with a lot of his collabs more specifically Bon Iver.
EM: Who are some of the local Chicago/Milwaukee rappers you’ve been rocking with/listening to?
RH: I listen to alot of artist from both cities. Saba, Mick Jenkins, G Herbo, Chance, Vic Mensa, Alex Wiley. The list goes on for Chicago. For Milwaukee, IshDARR, Von Alexander, Pizzle, BoodahDarr, Camb, Mike Regal, Reggie Bonds, Genesis Renji. The list doesn’t stop. Both cities have a plethora of talent.
EM: What is your favorite music video for all time?
RH: That’s a good question. I honestly never even thought about this before lol ill go back a bit though, and say Busta Rhymes Dangerous . .. Busta had the best music videos of any hip hop artist out in the 90’s . This was my favorite though.
EM: What are your thoughts on Donald Trump?
RH: Fuck Donald Trump g. The fact that this country elected this man as president is the bigger problem though honestly. We put a man who can severely damage this country in office. It’s fucked up, but it is what it is you know.
EM: The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?
RH: Lmao. International Players Anthem is the national anthem!
EM: What can our readers expect from you in 2017?
RH: ALOT of quality music, very artsy visuals and my debut EP. I have a lot of shit lined up man, I’m excited.
EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in five years?
RH: I see myself being a very established recording artist. I’ll probably be living in some ducked off state as well. I plan on being on everybody’s playlist by then, but I want to accomplish all of these things in 3 years instead of 5. Thank you for the interview man, it was great.