Rocky Rivera Interview

From Page 16 to Writing 16’s; The SF State Birth of Rocky Rivera

Rocky Rivera is a woman that along her career has held many amazing
hats and alias’. “Miss Krish is the journalist. EyeASage is a member
of the Rhapsodistas which has since disbanded.. Rocky Rivera is the
woman sitting right here today. Oh and Dr. Rocky? She only comes out
when you need her.. The mad scientist” Rocky Rivera explains.

Currently Rocky Rivera is a successful, underground, independent
rapper with a great following of what she likes to call her “Rocky
Soldiers”. When Rocky Rivera visited Special Sundays Radio Show with
Miss Special on KSFS, it was like a walk down memory lane. Most of her
path to success started there at San Francisco State University.

“I always knew that I wanted to do something in hip-hop, and I found
that when I was at SF State. This is coming back to where I started as
a journalist..” Her extensive journalism career took her as far as MTV
and Rolling Stone when she was a part of, and won MTV’s hit show, “I
Wanna Work For Rolling Stone”.
“When the Rolling Stone thing came around, I was already a journalist.
I was already doing Ruckus Magazine and interviews with The San
Francisco Bay Guardian. That just shows you that if you’re on the ball
and you really want to do something, the universe conspires with you.”

Erin Duncan, of blog has been following Rocky since those
“I Wanna Work For MTV” days. “It’s really cool that she’s from the bay
area because I used to grow up watching her (on the show). I like how
she was a journalist and now she’s a female emcee.”

Many of her articles were geared around the bay area hip-hop artists
that she was raised on, so it came as no surprise when she became a
bay area hip-hop artist as well. “I knew that there was more, there
was more to my contribution. In the end I had to become a participant
because I still felt like those answers that I wanted to know weren’t
being answered and I had to be that answer.”

Her group The Rhapsodistas began at the same place as Special Sundays
Radio Show; SF State and were constant performers on campus. The group
spawned after the women met as advisors at League Of Filipino
Students, and taking Asian- American Studies Courses. Rocky had
decided that she wanted to rap and told the other ladies who
traditionally did spoken word that they should all rap together. “It
was really amazing the response to get that people would see not just
one Pinay emcee, that’s mad militant and really on point, but there
was four of us. So we were in complete solidarity and people really
loved it. To this day they want to see us back together, but it was
really a moment in time.”

In addition Rocky Rivera took hone of her main name at SF State as
well. She came across the name Rocky Rivera while having to read a
book in an Asian-American Literature class. This book was “The
Gangster Of Love” which is also the title of her upcoming album that
she is currently working on. “I want this to be my most musical album
ever so I’m taking my time with it. Not in a sense where it’s going to
take my five years to put out.” Rocky hopes to raise the bar for
herself with this project, as well as, give the people something new.
“I really want to dig in to the talent of the bay and give the people
something they have never seen before. A softer side of Rocky, if
there is one.” Perfectionism being a constant characteristic in
hip-hop music, especially of classic albums, it makes fans even more
excited for the project and willing to wait for it. Especially when
they have so much great Rocky Rivera music already to listen to such
as “Married To The Hustle”, “Rocky Rivera”, and her latest free
mixture “Pop Killer” available now at

Rocky visited SF State’s “Hip Hop Class”, AFRS 256 this semester
and SF State student, as well as teachers assistant to the class,
Kyle Casserly had this to say about her: “I’ve known about Rocky
Rivera for a minute and it was dope to finally meet her this past
semester. Rocky is a brilliant mind and it definitely is reflective in
her music and poetry. I’m hella looking forward to “Gangster Of
Love” and I encourage everyone to cop it”.

Fellow female emcee and constant collaborator Hopie regards Rocky
Rivera as “intense and unapologetic. I’ve always admired her ability
to be diplomatic while remaining blunt simultaneously. Gives new
meaning to the phrase ‘service with a smile’.”

“At the end of the day it all comes to one thing, what are you about,
what is your music about. I just want to make sure there’s a little
girl out there that listens to my music and hears my music and says
‘no I don’t have to be somebody else’s fantasy to do what I do. I just
have to be me.’ That’s really what my music is about. It’s me finally
taking control of my message and wrestling it away from whatever
publication, whatever institution, whatever authority and finally
making it my own. That’s what Rocky Rivera stands for to me.”