Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sit down with the magnetic and extremely committed Rose Hart of Fresh Fuzion. We met in Hoboken, at The Factory – studio headquarters of the art collective – where she was prepping to record with producer, and Fresh Fuzion co-founder, Jay Criss. Hart joined Fresh Fuzion after Wali Lundy approached her at an open mic in SoHo for a potential collaboration. Subsequent features led Rose to asking for, and receiving, an official spot on the team.
Hailing from a part of East London “you wouldn’t necessarily visit,” Rose has been singing her whole life. She began lessons at the age of nine and also grew up dancing. With the encouragement of a teacher who heard her rapping backstage she began pursuing hip-hop and used her vocal background to shape her current sound.
The passing of a beloved relative three years ago reminded Rose that life is short, and she decided to move to New York and follow her calling.
Since relocating the States in 2010, Hart has collaborated with J. Cole, and her single To The Floor – has been featured on several MTV, and VH1 programs.
Fresh off one of the livest group hip-hop performances I’ve ever seen, at the Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival, I spoke with Hart about her journey as an artist, thoughts on being a female emcee, feelings behind group collaborations, and what advice she has for aspiring recording artists.
Ruth Nineke: Who are some of your artistic influences?
Rose Hart: J Dilla, Bonnie Raitt, Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Roots. Every one at Fresh Fuzion and many artists I’ve met through Brooklyn Wildlife!
RN: Most and least favorite part of being an artist?
RH: Every downfall to being an artist has the flip side of being a source for motivation and every attempt I make to answer this question, I feel guilt towards my craft because, after all the bullshit, I love it.
RN: What keeps Rose Hart going?
RH: Coffee and donuts. And the knowledge that regardless of the outcome, I have to be able to look back and say I gave it my all.
RN: What are you working on now? What can the world expect in coming months?
RH: More music. More videos. D.Prince is about to release his album, CFRN which he worked on with another great producer I’ve collaborated with, DJ 5 Alive. I feature on a couple of the tracks and I can’t wait for that project to drop. Honestly, I beam with pride thinking about the artists I have surrounded myself with. They’re all amazing and I’m just glad to be along for the ride.