Park Hill native Trev Rich (formerly known as Rockie, around the Denver rap scene) has been building a considerable amount of buzz since recently becoming affiliated with Joe Budden. Rich performed a string of shows alongside Budden in California and New York this fall in promotion of the Slaughterhouse star’s solo release, “A Loose Quarter.” Trev Rich introduced himself to Joe Budden’s fans with “Dreams,” the introduction to the mixtape.
Trev Rich has announced the release of “Heights,” a project of his own original material, due out on Jan. 3. The first track “24” has been making its rounds on the internet with help, of course, from Joe Budden’s MME camp.
Under the “Rockie” moniker, Trev Rich has released several projects in Colorado that helped build the national momentum he now enjoys. The Censored two-part series, in addition to the Gold Dreams project gave Rich a surge ahead of other independent artists in the scene, placing him in direct collaboration with Joe Budden.
As for the name change, Rich says he simply wanted to stand out from his other “Rockie” counterparts like A$AP Rocky, and Rockie Fresh by using his real name to avoid comparisons.
“Trev Rich is my actual name so I think it shows growth in who I am but also helps not to get confused with other artists that have the same, or a similar name.”
Hip hop blogger Ru Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb.