MP3: RETRO – “Resist”

22-Year Old Atlanta Rapper Drops First Single from Forthcoming The Six Mixtape, Premiere via Earmilk


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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

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 

The Song:

Today, Earmilk premieres “Resist,” the first single from Detroit-born, Atlanta-residing rapper RETRO‘s forthcoming mixtape, The Six. The 22-year old, who’s been writing songs since he was 9, wants to bring a new sound and attitude to today’s music industry. “‘Resist’ is about being a rebel to the industry,” says RETRO. “I’ve been through a lot these past 2 years and I see how people in this game can be snakes.” 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 into his own style.

“Resist” crashes onto your ears like a film score for an epic movie. Angelic choruses, booming bass drums, and a heavy string section fill out this monumental track, while RETRO’s tenacious rapping rounds out the texture. “Do it big like the muthafuckin’ lips on Hova,” he raps comically, later showcasing a knack for exceptional wordplay, spitting, “rocket astronomist, your chick anonymous, I cannot swallow this pride/I’m growin’ some wings, I’m talkin’ weird things, I’m having some talks with God.”

The Six is named after RETRO being the youngest of six children. While it was a struggle to stand out as the infant of the family, it provided the fuel that he needed to grow as an artist. In preparation for the mixtape, RETRO has been busy touring with Rich Homie Quan and Riff Raff, discovering things about himself as a performer. “I’ve learned that performing is my favorite part about the music,” he explains. “I’ve seen crowds of thousands and thousands of people but I don’t get nervous. I was born for this.”

Listen to “Resist”:

Check out the Earmilk premiere:

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The Background:

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. His forthcoming mixtape, The Six, is due later this summer.


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