Give us a proper introduction on yourself
I go by the name Tony Ro$e. Tony being my first name and Ro$e representing the city I’m from Portland, OR.
Why did you decide to get into music initially?
Music always came natural for me. I started off just redoing songs I thought were fire and makin them mine. Over time people heard them and the reaction I got was all I needed. It started with mainly a following at school and eventually turned into the city tappin in.
What are your earliest memories with music and hip hop?
My earliest memories are my pops riding around listening to DJ Quik’s first shit, goin to hella concerts, memorizing lyrics with my sister and cousins but freestylin wit my big bro is when I discovered a talent and love for it.
Which rappers were you listening to at an early age?
It’s always been diverse. From Pac to Biggie, E 40 to Mase, Brotha Lynch to Big L. Dogg Pound, Twista, Mac Dre I could go all day.
Do you remember the first rap you wrote?
I do lol. It was actually hard. It was to Heavy D’s “Big Daddy”. God bless the dead.
Let’s get into your music. What have you released so far?
I’ve released several singles and made some guest appearances. Most notably Eso.Xo.Supreme’s “NASA” and Prxscott’s “Cho$e Me”. My latest single dropped about a month ago and it’s been goin crazy. It’s entitled “Tax Free” and produced by KanielTheOne.
Do you have a favorite or one that you feel best represents you as an artist?
I would probably say “Tax Free” it was kinda my introduction to anyone unfamiliar with my shit.
Do you feel you’ve grown as an artist?
I’ve definitely grown as an artist. In the beginning I relied heavily on punchlines. I was kinda addicted to the reactions. Now I’m more into blending content and getting a clear message across.
Is there anyone you heavily fuck with?
Fasholy! It’s a lot of dope artists out right now. I fucks wit Rexx Life Raj, Boogie, PNB Rock, Roddy Rich, Tory Lanez, Lil Baby of course and Mozzy to name a few. I still listen to hella Nipsey too tho for sure.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
I just make it a point to mix bars with the content. As far as beats it’s a mood thing. I definitely gravitate towards sample heavy joints tho.
Do you like any other genres?
Hell yeah, I’m a big fan of music in general. From soul to country. You can catch me listening to just about anything depending on the vibes.