Westchester’s natives, AJ Rockafeller and Monopaly, of Logic Ent., are definitely artists to look out for this Spring. Influenced by the greats in hip hop such as Tupac, Notorious BIG, Snoop Dog and Nas, the duo blends clever punch lines with genuine lyrics to create refreshing music for audiences to connect with and enjoy. With the upcoming release of their debut EP “For What It’s Worth”, dropping April 30, they are prepared to make their mark on the music world.
Growing up in the 90’s, often referred to as the Golden Era of Hip Hop, both AJ Rockafeller and Monopaly felt they were surrounded by music and its culture. They each began writing during their early adolescent years and eventually it cultivated into more than just a hobby.
”I wanted to stand out and be different, and to monopolize the industry,” said Monopaly.
During his high school years, Monopaly created the entertainment group PunchLine Ent. and along with his peers, would battle other local rap groups. He released his first single “All I Do” in 2006.
After the untimely death of his father, AJ Rockafeller channeled his confusion and frustrations into his writing. He realized a career in music would be his only satisfaction in life and sought for an outlet in which he could express himself. In 2007, he teamed up with Monopaly and they eventually formed their Logic Ent. label.
“We are real people and we rap about real things,” said AJ Rockafeller. The group prides itself on being authentic and natural. They enjoy having creative control and ownership of their music and brand.
”This is the most humbling experience in my life,” said AJ Rockafeller.
The release of their first single “Respiration 2K12” from the upcoming EP, was so well received by audiences, it drove the duo to work harder. They released the second and third singles “High Off Life” and “Gotta Let U Go” which tell their life experiences and how they overcome any adverse obstacle.
”I believe this mixtape will excel my career and be everything and more,” said Monopaly.
After years of learning the industry and gaining experience, the group is prepared to share their music with audiences and hopefully one day include their name amongst the greats in Hip Hop.
Check out Monopaly and AJ Rockafeller’s latest video “Gotta Let U Go” here. And be on the lookout for their EP “For What It’s Worth” dropping April 30.