Roc & Yella
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Roc & Yella

Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Duo Hip Hop Indie




"Trap House Door Wide Open: South Carolina’s Roc & Yella"

Bone Thugs will always be relevant. Imitated yet forever inimitable. But part of their success stems from the fact that their biggest hits dealt with the universally imminent — before the crossroads comes the first of the month. “Wide Open”, the best song from South Carolina duo Roc & Yella, takes its cues from the trap narrative that often goes hand in hand with the latter.

Because rappers have no patience and no concern for continuity, the song dropped at the end of March. Nobody noticed. They did the same thing again for the music video, which was released three days before Thanksgiving. It now has over 12,000 views with what appears to be little to no assistance from the PR machine. Clearly, the importance of release dates remains subjective.

Produced by TrapALot Muzik, whose name sounds like it was pulled from a Brick Squad name generator, the beat is stock trap fare, complete with Zaytoven esque strings and sub-rattling low end. But some forms don’t need to be reinvented, just well done, slightly reworked. Thus, TrapALot succeeds.

Roc & Yella don’t add anything new to the trap house narrative, but they’re markedly polished rappers with enough élan to make all boasts about pot whipping proficiency believable. They also have a few lines that hint at their potential as writers (e.g. “It’s the first of the month, my trap blowing / roman candle”).

More than anything, “Wide Open” succeeds because of its undeniably potent hook. Backed by booming bass, they compress the simple tenets of their business model to just a few lines. It’s hard to argue with that kind of economy.

Apart from Young Jeezy, few notable rappers hail from South Carolina. So while Roc & Yella aren’t the first rappers from the Palmetto state, there’s the possibility that they have next up. There are also rumors that the ineffable DJ Burn One has provided his cosign. Whether or not that’s true, “Wide Open”, for lack of better words, goes. -


Roc & Yella

The South Carolina duo have a way with the ladies, and the clubs. Hip hop isn’t always about lyricism, its also about contributing to the culture, and these two do that. With a strong and supportive team behind them, if they keep it up, they’ll be heard in clubs and on radio stations across in the country in 2015. -

"The Watchlist: 30 Indy Artist To Watch In 2015"

Buzz Wars & The Watchlist Presents: 30 Indy Artists To Watch For In 2015

Below is a list of independent artists that we feel should be payed close attention to this year, along with their Twitter handle, location, most recent projects (within the span of a year), & some of their most popular records along with a personal favorite or two. The list is in no specific order. -

"Roc & Yella – “Wide Open”"

Money Gang America delivers the official video by ROC & YELLA titled “WIDE OPEN” produced by Trap-A-Lot-Musik. -

"Roc & Yella – “FleeQ”"

Roc & Yella is a rising group from South Carolina who is making their presence felt. They scored a pretty big single at the end of last year, talking to Hip Hop Vibe about it. Now, they have returned with “FleeQ,” their latest single. -


Still working on that hot first release.



Born June 2, 1991, Jamaal Justin Glover & born September 30, 1991, Brian Raines collectively known as Roc & Yella, has been working to be industry heavy hitters over the past few years. The Orangeburg, SC natives became inspired to do music by watching the raise of a local superstar who happened to be their older brother, Stephen “Dirty Redd” Raines. Watching his career bloosm, the two decided to team up with each other to start a group and began recording. Becoming faced with the harsh reality of the murder of their older brother left them determined to pursue music full time. Carrying on the legacy of his spirit and vision has now become the dominant reasoning behind Roc & Yella’s musical career.
Their project, “Ain’t No Loyalty” being Executively produced by Dj Burn One and narrated by Dj B-Lord is set for release Fall 2015. From doing shows with Kevin Gates, Rocko, Trick Daddy and on to even House of Blues venue, the duo is quickly becoming seasoned. With heavy weight dj’s like DJ Burn One, Dj Jelly, Dj Scream, Dj B Lord, Dj Dirty, and Dj Aaries already embracing their young urban appeal and energizing sound, Roc and Yella is definitely one of the next artist to make a transition from artistry to moguls with in the next few years.

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