Rockwila (born Rashaad Wright) is an American Hip-Hop artist from Kansas City, Mo. In 2004, Rockwila started his career as a “hype man” for another local artist. He built a reputation for being entertaining, funny and clever due to his high energy (and often improvised) performances at downtown KC venues such as the Riot Room and the Record Bar. After being featured on numerous mixtapes and albums, his intelligent lyrics and cunning rhyme scheme gained him recognition in the local scene. “I learned how to rhyme from Eminem and Jay-Z,” Rockwila said. “I consider myself to be the voice for the Average Joe.” When he says average, he does not mean in the world of hip hop music, because Rockwila is not your typical rap artist. His lyrics touch on the differences that make him stand out, such as being raised in the middle class, struggling with popularity and working as an IT technician. His admiration for live instrumentation inspired him to work on his debut EP in 2012, titled L7, a dedication about his “geeky” ways and being referred to as a “square” growing up.
L7 is a lyrical collection of original Hip-Hop songs with a slight rock influence through the live instrument sounds in the composition. The singles from L7 (featured on CD Baby and Spotify) were released in October 2012 with the full EP set to release July 7 2013. In September 2012, one of the singles titled “Rockstar” won Hate It or Love It, a segment on the All Out Show on Sirius satellite radio’s Shade45, which features radio personalities Rude Jude and Lord Sear.
In the interest of being the self-proclaimed voice for the Average Joe, L7 also features “One in a Million”, an edgy anthem that pays homage to being unique and “Geek Squad”, a song depicting a revolution for geeks and nerds alike.