MF Doom, Talib Kweli, CL Smooth, Mos Def and Common are all some of the greatest hip-hop lyricists, and one day Alberto Rocha hopes he can be included on that list.
Twenty-two-year-old Rocha is a full-time college student at City College, part-time worker and an aspiring hip-hop artist. Rocha is half of the hip-hop duo Primitive Instruments, which also consists of his cousin, 20-year-old Marco Gonzales. Together the two hip-hop emcees are known by their stage names, Retrospek and MG.
Rocha says they formed the group because of their love for hip-hop and the avenue of expression it has allowed for them.
“We always wanted to rap but I never thought I would hop on a microphone,” Rocha says. “But you have to start somewhere.”
Growing up, Rocha was not a big fan of hip-hop. Instead he listened to the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, which were all influences from his older sister.
Alex Rocha, who is Alberto’s younger brother, says, “I remember us kids were really into some of the older rock ‘n’ roll our older sister would show us.”
Around the time he entered middle school, some family members introduced him to hip-hop. The…» Read More