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SON OF ROSE - ON DECK
Born William Ellis Atchison II, to a father with heavily drinking problems, and to a mother who cared too much. As a kid, little William was known by his counter parts as Rose's son.
What was it like growing up in the streets of Oklahoma City?
I grew up the quiet kid, so I really didn't pay much attention to the streets. Growing up in my neighborhood was a different story. I grew up in a neighborhood known as Murder One, blood gang territory. I was respected because everyone knew my mom Rose, but I was excepted because I was down to do what everybody else was doing. For the most part, growing up in the streets of Oklahoma City was not fun at all because I moved from family to family until my mom was stable enough to care for me herself.
Anything that still sticks in your head to this day.
I was four years old when my dad passed. Just before he passed, him and my mom had an argument and he never returned. The police called and said that they arrested him because of public intoxication, all because a beer bottle was lying next to him when they found him passed out on the side walk. Seventeen hours later they realized that he wasn't drunk, but instead he was dying. By the time they got him to the hospital he was brain dead. I remember standing their with my mom when she pulled the plug on his life.
When did you first become interested in music?
When I was growing up as a kid, my siblings were all spread out because of the broken home issues, and I felt like no one was there to listen to me or even talk to me. I would spend every penny I had to get the hottest new joint out just to occupy my mind. Music helped me to stay focus on what ever I was doing at the time, and it made me forget about the bad things that had happened in my life.
Who has influenced your sound and style?
Jay Z, Clipse, Common, Mos Def, The Lox.
Are you happy with the current state of hip hop?
I'm not happy with it, but when guys like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and J Cole enter the game it gives me more hope. It's starting to seem like when an artist comes out with a catchy rhyme scheme, everyone uses it to try to stay relevant. Everyone wants to be like the other guy. It's really not much diversity in the world of hip hop anymore.
How did performing at SXSW happen?
At the time, I wasn't really as serious about my music, but a guy from Okc was promoting a show that he was hosting at SXSW. He noticed my grind and asked if I wanted on. An out of town performance, I thought to myself "Hell Yea." I met alot of great people and ever since then I've been taking it to the next level every time I drop something new.
As an independent artist, what struggles do you constantly see as an artist getting their proper time to shine?
Exposure! I listen to all of the local music from my area and alot of those guys get treated like royalty. I was raised to give and it shall be given, so I never knock the next man. But I believe that I'm seriously making industry ready music and those guys sound like they recorded in a closet. I'm confident that my paper is ten times longer then theirs so I know that it's not about the money. ITS FAVORITISM! The guys with the keys to open doors don't really grant opportunities unless your clicked up, and of course I'm a loner. I don't need anyone to help me get there, but I'm sure that they will have their hand out when I make it.
Where do you want to be in ten years in terms of music?
In 10 years I want to have my label RoseGold Music Group fully established with at least 2 to 3 albums on the shelf. So that hopefully by then I can lend a helping hand to the younger generation of music.
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