Video: Rocky Banks –“Dopeman”
Premiered by Highsnobiety, the Humorous and Rowdy Video is the Latest Off Rocky’s Recent Big Little Brother Album
“Houston’s Rocky Banks is an artist to look out for” – HipHopDX
Rhyming with frank honesty about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, Rocky Banks channels his demons into deeply personal and charismatic rap music. Mobbing with his crew near his new Mercedes, Rocky lets loose on “Dopeman,” his latest video. Paying tribute to Belly, the 1998 Hype Williams-directed film starring DMX and Nas, “Dopeman” is a humorous and charming look into Rocky’s life in Houston, as he counts cash and chomps on Cheetos. Premiered by Highsnobiety, “Dopeman” is the most recent visual from Big Little Brother, Rocky’s powerful new album. A smooth and versatile effort, Big Little Brother tells the story of Rocky’s life as a rising rapper and a recovering drug addict, complete with weaving internal rhymes, infectious vocal modulations, and insightful bars. Premiered by Mass Appeal and featuring appearances from Ripp Flamez, LVFromCle, Mufasa Enzor, Big Brandon Willis and Tiara Jewel, Big Little Brother is a powerful effort, packed with well-crafted story-songs about Rocky’s life before and after hitting rock bottom.
Explains Rocky Banks, “This record was written from the approach of a buyer and seller. Coming from my environment in Houston, drugs can help pay bills but we often neglect the fact its poisoning the community. Saying ‘I’m the Dopeman’ or the ‘DOPE…..man’ is me understanding that i cannot contribute to the regression of my community by selling them the wrong content in my product, my music, my dope. It was also heavily influenced by the 1988 N.W.A. record. As far as the video, Ive always been a fan of film so I always try to make references to a popular character or scene from some of my favorite movies in my visuals. If you’re a fan of Hip-Hop you’ll know exactly where I got the inspiration from for this visual haha. Shouts to the OGs!
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Rocky Banks was a promising student and young artist, impressing with his speech and spoken word and drawing the attention of local artists like Dice Soho. In high school, Rocky started to struggle with drug addiction, alienating him from his family and his school. Banks hit rock bottom when he nearly overdosed on methamphetamine–his near death experience helped Rocky kick drugs and embrace his new lease on life. Banks used his art to break out of his stupor, devoting his life to his music. He began to see the fruits of his labor in 2015, when he released his debut full-length In Other News I Don’t Do Drugs Anymore, which earned the rapper coverage in The FADER, HipHopDX, Revolt, and more. In early 2017, Banks released Trust In Banko, his second project, which pulled in over 60,000 hits on LiveMixtapes and established the young Houston rapper as an artist to watch. Earlier, Rocky shared the creative “Through The Phone” video via HipHopDX, released the EARMILK-premiered “Tony Hawk,” and debuted the addictive head-nodder “Purpose” via GoodMusicAllDay. With Big Little Brother, Rocky is poised for a monster 2018.
Watch “Dopeman”: https://youtu.be/Izv9J5LIrJg
Check out the Highsnobiety premiere: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/rocky-banks-dopeman-video/
Listen to Big Little Brother:
Big Little Brother: https://soundcloud.com/rocky-bank/sets/big-little-brother // https://open.spotify.com/album/7oFaEHR9ielL8pvOyYtWiZ // https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/big-little-brother/1328105663
“Tony Hawk”: https://youtu.be/km_qSfUaTtY
“Through The Phone”: https://youtu.be/CsrJS7OO6ag
“SKRT Off/New New”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuuaP3Cp-v4
In Other News, I Don’t Do Drugs Anymore: https://soundcloud.com/rocky-bank/sets/in-other-news-i-dont-do-drugs