A sneak peek of Rockie's new album

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Rockie has been hard at work molding and shaping the concepts for his album, Rockie's Road, at Side 3 Studios, where he's recorded more than eighteen tracks. We stopped by while he was choosing songs and perfecting the mix for a personal listening session.

After settling comfortably behind the boards, Rockie ran through a few of his favorites, breaking down the elements of each track from the concept to why he chose which features. When we came to a song called "Still," he said, "Okay, this is probably the most controversial song that I have. Basically I'm saying that just because Obama's in office doesn't mean that a hoe is not still a hoe."

While he certainly takes his aim at behaviors of promiscuity, "Still" is much more than that. It is, at the core, an account from the perspective of an artist whose generation has been shaped by huge changes in society -- and he tackles the subject with a heavy dose of satire. At one point, he pointedly raps, "I used to Cark Kent a bitch but now I don't save no hoes."

Rockies Road doesn't yet have a release date yet, but a video for the first single, "Cover Girl," featuring Adam Duncan on vocals, was just shot and is slated to drop soon. Rockie also showed off snippets of the obligatory smoker's anthem, "Blow My High" that showcases the MC's singing chops and has all the elements of any modern day homage to the green.

Midnite, a producer who now lives in Atlanta, handled most of the production, and his sound is so diverse, no two beats sound the same. A track that has single potential written all over it is, "Cold Rockin" where Rockie employs a flow that is incredibly convincing as he pulls out his best lines to get the attention of a fly young lady.

From the initial listen, we should expect some silly moments that come across as almost refreshing in these the most grumpy days of hip-hop, and beyond the club bangers and panty dropping tracks ("Make Up Sex," in particular) there is thought provoking story-telling behind the rapping and not just a clever presentation.

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