Hi Rodrael, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Great! Right, where I need to be.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deserve That”?
“Deserve That” is about women, both family and friends who I know who have been in both physically and mentally abusive relationships. I am telling those women that they don’t “deserve that.” In the first verse, I address a young woman who is being mistreated by her boyfriend. Whereas, in the second verse I address the guy who is treating her wrong, and how the women who raised him taught him better values than to mistreat women.
Musically, “Deserve That” is a nostalgic 90s R&B record. Specifically, there is a sample used from Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby.” Additionally, I tribute Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y” in the pre-hook.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, there were women around me in my friend circle who were being physically abused by their boyfriends.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, I plan to release it August 2017, on my YouTube channel “Rodrael_Music.”
The single comes off your new album Show Em – what’s the story behind the title?
Show Em is a project dedicated to marginalized communities and people who are historically underrepresented. It’s for the people who are called “the underdog.” My personal story is that people never thought I would go to college, or had the abilities or talent to pursue a music career. Moreover, despite what everyone else thought or said, I worked really hard in order to invest, and get closer to achieving my dreams by constantly performing, recording, and learning the business. My goal is to “Show Em” that I will be successful, despite disbelievers.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording and writing process took really long. I wrote and recorded the project during the two years I was in school receiving a Master’s Degree in Music Business. I started the project fall 2014, so it took three years to release the EP.
Artistically, I didn’t write anything down. I freestyled all the lines and melodies.
What aspect of our social and political climate would you be diving into? Why did you choose to explore these particular themes?
Racism, and specifically the killings and violence against Black folks in America. As many black people have been killed due to racial profiling and police brutality, I wanted to create a song that reflected political urgency and reflected the black lives matter movement through music. In the 60s and 70s, recording artists created music that reflected the social and political climate of their world. Thus, I wanted to create, sing, and write a song about a social topic that I wanted to draw attention to.
Any plans to hit the road?
Once I see where my supporters are, I will hit the road and do more shows. Perhaps, I’ll even make a trip to the DR!
What else is happening next in Rodrael’s world?
Working on music and visuals for my next EP called “IN-POSSIBLE.” The EP will be expected to drop January 2018. Other than that, go to my IG @rodrael_music where you will see weekly updates about my career.