Atlanta-via-Detroit Emcee RETRO Releases Sophomore Project via DJ Booth
ATL Rapper RETRO Drops New Mixtape, The Six, Premiered By DJ Booth
Critical Praise for RETRO:
“…RETRO slips in clever asides too, like a sly reference to Rick Ross getting dropped from Reebok after his molly-all-in-her-champagne debacle.” – The FADER
“RETRO is coming out the gates strong.” – The Smoking Section
“The edgy track combines some off the wall production with an unorthodox flow in carving out a total experience for new listeners seeking alternative hip hop freshness.” – Earmilk
“[We] can assure you that RETRO and the rest of the Rocket Team are gonna be the new faces of Hip-Hop.” – Fly Little Things
“RETRO and his crew definitely deliver.” – PotholesInMyBlog
In recent months, RETRO‘s been invading the internet with a series of singles and videos leading up to the release of The Six, which finally premiered today via DJ Booth. Significant buzz for the 15-track project was created by RETRO’s carefully leaked singles from the mixtape, including yesterday’s release, “One Day,” which premiered at HotNewHipHop. “One Day” followed the unveiling of his Tupac-inspired video “How U Want It,” which was filmed in Los Angeles and premiered at HipHopDX. Prior to that, RETRO released the jazzy single “1946,” which dropped via Potholes In My Blog, and the single “Resist,” which debuted at Earmilk. The Six features artists Acee, A.M., Cho Cho,Coda, G5, Jugg, Lor Taj, Lule and Ralphie Laur, and boasts production by Beyobe, Chill, DeeDot, Keyz, RMB Justize and Young Kros.
“I feel like I can present good music, something you can cruise to, make love to, play with your kids to, because I believe a whole album should hit every season, whether it’s summer or winter,” says RETRO. His aim is to make the masses feel something meaningful through his work, from the cover art to the sound itself. The Six will feature six different covers that can be opened up to form a poster for fans. He and his Rocket Team, a crew of 15-plus, came up with the idea of including uniquely coded tickets in each of the 5,000 copies that will be pressed, making the release an interactive experience. Listeners will be prompted to go to RETRO’s website, RETROthakid.com, to enter a code, and six winners will be rewarded with a special edition Rocket Team jersey. To receive your free hard-copy of The Six, simply follow Retro on Twitter (@RETROthakid) and tweet “retrothakid.com” with the hashtag, #TheSix.
Inspired by hometown heroes from Detroit’s J Dilla to ATL’s OutKast, and undeniable talents like Michael Jackson and Erykah Badu, RETRO implements a variety of musical influences and eccentricities into his own unique style, which enabled him to get on a multi-city tour with Rich Homie Quan and Riff Raff earlier this year. Expressing his love and gratitude for the opportunity, he confidently says “I’ve learned that performing is my favorite part about the music. I’ve seen crowds of thousands and thousands of people, but I don’t get nervous. I was born for this.”
Check out the DJ Booth premiere: http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/retro-the-six
Listen to The Six: https://soundcloud.com/retrothakid/sets/the-6/
After moving to Atlanta from Detroit with his family at age 12, RETRO found a whole new host of melodies to fall in love with, from the work of Jermaine Dupri to the then-recently released OutKast LP, SpeakerBoxx/The Love Below. He found inspiration in a whole new sound. “I love Atlanta hip-hop to a certain extent,” he says, pausing. “I’d be lying if I said Atlanta didn’t help me become who I am.” The ability to flip between a Midwestern flair and the flashiness of Atlanta’s rap scene makes RETRO’s lane unparalleled, but beyond the music he has countless other goals that he and his Rocket Team, a crew of 15-plus, plan on executing.
“How U Want It”: http://youtu.be/zO2sCayKO0U
Average College Kid: Reload: https://soundcloud.com/retrothakid/sets/average-college-kid-reload
Bio, pictures, and streams are available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/retro/