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A Conversation with Hip Hop Artist RoQy TyRaiD

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RoQy TyRaiD is a rapper from Phoenix, Arizona who grew up in the hip hop culture out in Los Angles, California. His music reflects life as he portrays his experiences through his rhymes. Recently touring in London and Amsterdam, RoQy TyRaiD is hard at work promoting his singles like PLYNwcha and MC4REAL.

“I’m Just bringing that funk! Like that’s what playing is about” – RoQy TyRaiD

RoQy TyRaiD is a well-rounded hip hop entertainer who doesn’t play by the rules. “You’re expected to abide by these rules in order to reach this mythical idea of making it, says RoQy TyRaiD. Instead of seeking representation or signing to a label, RoQy works along the principles of reciprocity. “I’m not going to be somebody who takes on some agency or takes on some label on the shelf because they don’t understand my product,” RoQy TyRaiD told College News magazine. It is fair to say that RoQy TyRaid is a dope hip hop artist with an international presence that is sure to be a good add to your playlist.

College News: Tell me about hip hop artist RoQy TyRiaD.

RoQy TyRiaD: I live in Phoenix, Arizona but I’m from southern California. I’m here to advance my artistic pursuits and find myself deeper in the culture that inspired me and gave me a live soundtrack. I feel that artists, at the end of the day, are just glorified fans. I’m finding my way further in the culture that inspired me, and this is why I’m here

CN: Some would describe you as a socially conscious rapper. How would you describe your subject matter?

RT: I feel that art reflects life. It’s a mirror and if there is something so egregious or something that’s so easily discernible that I would pick up on it and you would find that within my art. This is the direction that I’m presenting. I do have things that are more politically shifted. I guess I’m a well-rounded artist I suppose, but you know, with the climate that we live in right now, it’s really hard not to mention these things. I almost feel compelled to do so.

CN: What is your most recent single? 

RT: It’s called PLYNwcha. I’m just bringing that funk! Like that’s what playing is about. It’s a mantra to the level of adversity that indie artists within our sub-genre have to deal with, especially in America. You’re expected to abide by these rules in order to reach this mythical idea of ‘making it’. You have to keep in mind that you’re being watched by entities and labels and all this type of stuff. I don’t feel like playing by those rules. I feel like doing what I feel has given me the momentum to this point and if it ruffles a couple of feathers, so be it. Can’t really stick by the status quo. I have to question it, and people don’t like being questioned.

CN:Tell me about your team. Who are they and what do they do? 

RT: I work with people who provide resources that I need. The people I work with I have reciprocated relationships with. Until I discover something that’s beneficial to me and that works with me. I’m not really going to give that up because I’ve tried that before and you know, you may or may not find little strides and things of that nature. But if everything is not there, it’s not going to work.

I’m not going to be somebody who takes on some agency or takes on some label on the shelf because they don’t understand my product. I was speaking to my man Jay live and he was just going back and forth and putting game about how this is a global industry, like you can’t refuse to step outside of the boundaries of the United States and find what works for you.  So, I’ve been doing that to find that perfect entity is going to work. But until then, I’m taking care of everything. Like you have to, we’re a startup business.

Listen to hip hop artist RoQy TyRaiD’s new single PLYwcha, here:

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