Rocky Rivera

Rocky Rivera

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Dynamic West Coast Hip Hop from a female MC that marries political consciousness with bass-heavy production.

Biography

Rocky Rivera is a Hip-Hop journalist by day, MC by night, who found international acclaim by winning a Contributing Editor position on MTV's docu-series "I'm From Rolling Stone" in 2007. After lacking inspiration in the literary world, she decided to finally pursue Hip-Hop as a participant, not only as an observer, and began to fill the void with thought-provoking music that you can dance to. (Think Lauryn Hill meets Public Enemy with West Coast beats) Her moniker and album theme is derived from a book entitled "The Gangster of Love" by Jessica Hagedorn, as Rocky examines love, war, and a young woman's journey along the way.

Lyrics

Heart

Written By: K. de Leon

Verse 1 - Gabriela Silang

Left him on a Tuesday, found him on a Sunday
Cried when I saw my handkerchief in his suitcase
Letter folded neatly in his pocket
With my perfume
Knew that he was lying when he told me he’d be back soon
I couldn’t sleep the night
He left me with a promise
That he’d always keep me close, when the struggle got the hardest
So I…wiped the tears, tied the handkerchief around me
Rallied up the troops so we could find the Spanish army
It was time to stop the cryin’
Time to start the fightin’
Love was the beginning but my people steady dyin’
…and so I promised him the same thing
Gabriela’ll blast in the name of the Philippines…”

Verse 2 - Angela Davis

“Studying overseas I heard about the blast
And I knew the little girls who were killed in Alabama
It was Carole, Addie Mae, Cynthia & Denise
And the Klan got away in cahoots with the police
Knew that it was coming when the Panthers started forming
So I…booked the first flight to the states in the morning
To show them my solidarity
Tightened up my afro
Books in my hand, revolution in my heart, so
I used my education to combat the injustice
It was more than Malcolm X and Martin Luther in the trenches
…sistah soldiers put ya rifles up
Angela Davis RIDE when the Klan try to light us up…”

Verse 3 - Dolores Huerta

“It WAS MODERN DAY slavery, livin’ in the Valley
Stockton, California pickin’ grapes with my family
And my people broke they backs just to make a couple bucks
While the whiteys in the town ridiculed us in they trucks
So I…picked up the megaphone
Shouted to my people, ‘El
Pueblo Unido, Jama Sera Vencido’
Told em to stick together, demand to be treated equal
Otherwise these fucking crackers will continue to abuse us
Threw me in the slammer, 20 times and some change
Yeah they broke a couple ribs but the spirit remains
Do it again in a heartbeat, para mi gente
Dolores’ what they call me…

Discography

Married to the Hustle - mixtape
Rocky Rivera - LP premiere
Radio single - MRSHMLO

Set List

Set List 20-30min

1. Rocky Rivera
2. Heart of the City
3. The Rundown
4. Go There
5. Acapella
6. Grimy
7. Married to the Hustle
8. MRSHMLO
9. Girl Like Me