Article by: Kevin Marshall
Photos by: Thomas Mayer
The 21-year-old rap sensation and Chicago native Rockie Fresh returned home in true championship form. Donald Pullen, a.k.a. Rockie Fresh, returned Saturday with a packed house of fans screaming his name and waiting for him to grace the stage at the Metro.
For the last two months Rockie has been the driving force behind his Electric Highway tour as they head across the country. The Electric Highway Tour rolled into town with a who's who of the Chicago hip-hop scene with artists ranging from Universal Republic's YP,Lawless Inc's King L, Young Money/Cash Money 13-year-old Lil Mouse to Million $ Mano and the Treated Crew. Even OTF's own Lil Durk came through performing in two special guest appearances.
Rockie Fresh and company gave the crowd at Metro everything they came for and more. Universal Republic YP opened the show with an amazing performance. YP performed songs like "Clap" and "Get With Us" ft. Lil Durk who came out for his first of two guest appearances.
Maryland native and DMV member Phil Ade was next in line to bring his fast-paced, hard hitting sound to the stage. Phil Ade shocked the crowd by bringing out new Young Money/Cash Money signee thirteen year old Lil Mouse to perform his blazing controversy-filled single "Mess Around.” The DMV alumni capped his performance by launching himself head first into the crowd.
Next to perform was Treated Crew (Million $ Mano, Hollywood Holt, Mic Terror and many others). The Treated Crew hit the stage fashionably aware and rocking their infamous black "Treated" snapbacks. Treated Crew performance was as fly as their snapbacks.
For his homecoming performance Rockie truly took us on a ride down an electric highway. Rockie kicked things of performing songs from his latest mixtape Driving 88. Just to slow things down so he can pay homage to other Chicago artist like GLC and Kanye. He also took time out his show share the spotlight with another up-and-coming rapper from Chicago Lawless Inc's King L. Continuing to prove he is more humble than most Rockie Fresh stopped his show completely to thank his mother who was there watching her son perform live for the first time. Then it was right back to business rocking the crowd and finishing things up with his single "You A Lie." After all was done Rockie continued to show how truly humble and grateful he is about his situation by staying on stage after his set and autographing everything from baseball caps to sneakers.