Queens’ own Bobby J From Rockaway cooked up a new banger with producer Statik Selektah on the keys-heavy “Walter White,” a lyrically rich single paying homage to one of TV’s best anti-heroes.
Beyond the clever wordplay and cultural references, what’s most impressive about Bobby’s raps on here is how he pulls in the listener and walks atop Statik’s keys and drums with such a low-key confidence. His bars are sharp throughout his verses, but it’s the way in which he spits them and ramps up his delivery that makes “Walter White” feel so raw.
The track is a follow-up to his August single “Hometown,” which was produced by living rap legend, Kwame. Kwame is also now the head of Make Noise, a boutique record label that, among other projects, is releasing Bobby’s music. The two have been working closely in the studio for years now, so be on the lookout for more from them in the coming months.
“Walter White” is available now through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Make Noise. Be on the lookout for the visuals dropping soon!
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Bobby J From Rockaway was born and raised in New York during the 90s. His mother was a huge classic rock fan, listening to bands like the Eagles, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Steely Dan. His father, being from Detroit, was big into Motown, funk and soul, but was also a fan of the more eclectic/new wave music of that time like the Talking Heads, Devo and Genesis, and his older brother Eric was an MTV junkie, listening to everything from grunge to hip hop.
After being introduced to Biggie’s debut album “Ready to Die”, Bobby was instantly hooked and began writing rhymes in his parents’ basement. This was right around the time the mp3 took off – the era of Napster and LimeWire, where you could instantly download music with the click of a button, and Bobby took full advantage, consuming all of the hip hop he could get his hands on.
What started with emulation of artists like Jay-Z, Big Pun, Big L and Eminem quickly developed into his own unique style, drawing in elements from the other genres he grew up listening to through his parents and brother.
While in high school, he was introduced to rapper/producer Kwame, who he credits for teaching him the art of songwriting. Kwame immediately saw Bobby’s potential and the two began working together, developing the sound that you hear today.
For new music, check out “Breakfast Bars”, Bobby’s weekly video series on Instagram (@BobbyJFromRockaway).