1. Why did you make the decision to take up a stage name?
I originally just went by my last name, Rossi. I was always on the fence about that and felt it was way too plain and just weird to me. My close friend actually came up with the spelling of Rah-C one day and I was so set on changing it and keeping it to that.
2. At what moment in your career did you decide to fully commit to your music?
Sometime around spring of Junior year it hit me that this is what I want to really do with my life. Before that it was a clear passion but I didn’t have half the drive. I did a senior project called WISE that allowed me to really focus on my music and that alone escalated it a new level.
3. Who do you consider to be your biggest hip-hop influences, especially on your new mixtape?
I am heavily influenced by other artists. Many say I have resemblance to the storytelling ability in classic Slim Shady tracks. I also am very heavily influenced by Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Mac Miller.
4. What inspired some of the new material you have released?
A lot of my new material has been a lot deeper into my head than usual. A lot of the current work has been very deep and dealing with the new level of change coming into a new environment. Confusion and aggravation seem to be very common elements of my more recent work.
5. What do you consider to be the best Hip-Hop album of 2015?
This is a wild hard question… only because there’s about 5 albums I thought were amazing this past year. Joey Bada$$’ B4 DA $$ was terrific, but I think Summertime ’06 by Vince Staples was the most well-rounded and personal album of the year.
6. What album are you most excited for in the future?
I’m extremely excited for a new Earl Sweatshirt Album, whenever that ever decides to happen. He just recently dropped a new joint but from his live performances I can tell he’s got something awesome coming.
7. How is the rap scene different in suburban Connecticut, than it was back home in New York.
The taste in rap music is much different here than a lot of my people back home. Neither area is too familiar with traditional hip-hop roots, but New Haven on the other hand thrives in that department so I’m trying to make connections in the New Haven area. A lot of the rap music in the school is very specific and moves away from the type of rap I enjoy.
8. What was the favorite show you ever played?
I haven’t played enough shows to have a huge selection, but my last performance at The Space in Hamden CT was awesome because of how personal the venue was. It was also a personal best because of the energy and intensity I brought to the table.
9. If you could collab with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?
That’s almost impossible. If I had two I could name you 3 artists and even THAT would be crazy still. I’d have to go with Nas, 97 Slim Shady, and Mobb Deep. That would be a dream but there’s so many other artists I could name.
10. What are some of the primary themes you like to write about?
I often speak about many components of society. I speak heavily about tragedy and loss as well, and many times bring up race and the fact we are still surrounded in a racist world unfortunately.
11. How great was it to get up in front of Quinnipiac and prove to them your the best freestyle rapper on campus?
As exciting as it was, there’s so much more to be accomplished. I hope the people who were there gained an appreciation of what I bring to the table, but that was only a very very small step in the right direction. I want to be a common household name in every dorm of this University. That was only a small stepping stone of what I know I will accomplish in time.