DOWNLOAD: Rockwell Knuckles – Play Catch
Just last year Rockwell Knuckles burst onto the scene with the release of Choose Your Own Adventure, a project that garnered the budding St. Louis emcee critical both acclaim and droves of fans. Since then, as those fans eagerly awaited a follow-up project Rockwell has been hard at work in the studio – not to mention performing on stages alongside Lupe Fiasco, Pac Div, BIG K.R.I.T.,J. Cole, GZA, Yelawolf, and more – and he’s emerged stocked and loaded with a plethora of forthcoming projects. First up will be Rockwell’s highly anticipated full-length album, sporting the bellicose title You’re Fucking Out, I’m Fucking In, an album he’ll be following soon after with Take Me To Your Leader, all to be released through Mech Industries LLC.
The latest single from YFOIFI, “Play Catch,” succeeds magnificently at what other rappers are often too incompetent, or just plain bad, at doing – calling out clones, endlessly chasing the looks and sounds they see around them and in the media. Produced by Ryan McNeely, the track boasts a thumping bass line, but beyond that lies a spacey anthem that sports flaring horns and chopped, hazy vocal samples. “The clones/ Who get scared to roam/ From home/ Cause home is all they’ve ever really known,” sings Rockwell on the song’s chorus, continuing, “They feel so alone/ Until they find more clones.” In writing lyrics for the track, Rockwell explains, “So many people spend their entire existence under false pretenses, and it can become sickening if you are aware of it. My message was to posers: ‘You’re living a lie.'”
Rockwell Knuckles is a rare artist with a dizzying display of poetry, insight, and hunger. He carries himself with the swagger of a hip hop superhero who’s willing to take on all comers… His 2010 independent release, Choose Your Own Adventure garnered much attention. His highly anticipated You’re Fucking Out, I’m Fucking In and Take Me To Your Leader project, and several new independent releases are on the immediate horizon. Knuckles is a seasoned performer who has shared the stage with artists including Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, Pac Div, BIG K.R.I.T., B.O.B., the GZA of Wu Tang Clan, Royce Da 5’9, and Yelawolf.