It’s been three years since Emilio Rojas dropped a solo project (2015’s L.I.F.E.), but the Rochester, NY emcee is officially back in action with the release of his new album, Life Got In The Way–executive produced by !llmind.
“I haven’t put out a project in a long time… too long,” Emilio says. “A lot of things were going on in my personal and professional life that made me feel like I should wait. I wanted to set everything up right. I wanted to remove the toxic energy from my circle and surround myself with positive people… BUT I was working the whole time. I was working on myself… working on improving my relationships with everyone close to me, building new relationships with like minded and motivated people… and repairing the relationships that might have been strained by the way I dealt with things.”
“That’s why this project is called ‘Life Got in the Way,'” he continues. “It’s about identifying issues within yourself that you are dealing with – whether you caused them yourself or they were a result of unexpected circumstance, or toxicity beyond your control. It’s about recognizing these things and learning how to process them – and most importantly – it’s about GROWTH. This is my father on the back. My father was a deadbeat. He was abusive… He left my mother and my sisters and me when I was young… but that doesn’t mean he didn’t impact our lives. He was a role model – he taught us about the world by showing us darkness… he set an example for what someone should NEVER aspire to be. This project is about telling that story (in part) and about growing up in environments where we are expected to fail – but somehow managed to find a way and survive.”
Locked in at 11 songs–including “Crown of Thorns,” “Tainted” and “The Cost” with Gene Noble, Life Got In The Way comes equipped with features from Jarren Benton, Hi-Rez, and Hi Tone. Check it out below and be sure to add the album on your preferred streaming platform.