Rosegoldempathy: "Right now, my biggest goal really is to wake people up."
We were fortunate enough to interview artist, Rosegoldempathy.
When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
Well, my entire life I've been captivated by the power and luxury of poetry. When I was younger, I wrote poems on thousands of loose leaf papers, slowly accumulating enough to publish my debut book several years later in 2017. Then, one day I remember I found out about this artist named Noname. I loved her work instantly because it is so poetic and thought provoking. This discovery led me to Youtube, looking up type beats trying to see how some of my work would sound on a beat. I started uploading to SoundCloud in 2017 also, but my work was very low quality and too wordy to be a vibe. So I spent the last three years just tightening up my writing skills and learning how to get my message across in the simplest yet most profound way. Recently (<2 months ago), I bought an in home studio starter kit and have been just finding my niche in the rap game. So, I would say that as it relates to music, my passion for creating it has just now started. But my heart will always be with Rhythm and Poetry.
Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
This changes a lot, because artists change and sometimes their views are no longer aligned with mine and that's perfectly okay. So, lately I've really been digging Noname and AJ The One. Both artists are strong women LEADERS that I feel I can relate to on a personal level. Especially AJ The One. Her music is super empowering and it still has that knockin' bass n rhythm to it. Of course with Noname, I'm just more and more amazed by her ability to push the envelope on issues that really matter such as the Prison Industrial Complex, police brutality, and captialism. Both amazing Black women!
What would you like to achieve as an artist?
Right now, my biggest goal really is to "wake people up." And what I mean by this is that I really want to expose people to various perspectives on issues they don't even think twice about. Namely, how we interact with each other as it relates to our levels of empathy during distressing conversations for example. I am a firm believer that everything we have faith in or trust or just abide by can be called into doubt.
What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
Well, I'm really still a rookie in all of this. But I think the most memorable moment was my first time in a studio not in my room! It was dope to see how the engineer could turn what I created into something that I could have never even foreseen or imagined. Big shout out all the dope, hardworking, underappreciated engineers out there!
Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
I've only worked with three artists so far. All of them are on the rise just like I am. They're all super dope: Envy Leone, SHIVA (All24k), and Rzosko! We just recently laid a hot track down together and I was loving the energy.
Tell us a little more about your recent project?
So, I just dropped a mixtape on SoundCloud called "777." And it's basically a musical exposition, detailing my thoughts and beliefs about capitalism, colorism, homosexuality, religion, feminism, hood politics, black mental health, police brutality, etc. I really tried to capture my overall mission with my music while simultaneously giving the youth something to slap on the way to work.
What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
This is just the beginning. If nothing else, you can expect to see ROSEGOLDEMPATHY. everywhere soon enough. I'm just here to elevate us. Vallejo, CA is the HYPHY-EST place on Earth.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
I also have a podcast series on all streaming platforms! It's called "Roses With Empathy" and it is just another outlet I use to "wake people up." The first episode of Season 2 is out now and it's all about MENTAL SLAVERY.