StaySolidRocky Is Jumping From TikTok's Trending Pages to the Billboard Hot 100 [Q&A]
With an earworm reminiscent of Aqua's "Barbie Girl" and S3RL's far more short-lived "Pretty Rave Girl," a 19-year-old rapper out of Richmond, Virginia self-funded his Billboard debut, "Party Girl." Blending emotion and melody with a laidback flow, StaySolidRocky is climbing the Billboard Hot 100 with no end in sight, originally debuting at No. 84 and now finding himself at No. 26. So, who or what is to thank for StaySolidRocky's meteoric rise?
You need to look no further than the trending pages of TikTok for you answer, where over 2.4 million videos and counting have been made to StaySolidRocky's viral hit. Following in the footsteps of Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and more recently Powfu's "death bed," StaySolidRocky is looking to turn the viral success of "Party Girl" into a definitive breakthrough moment. And that dream seems to be turning into reality, as the newly-signed Columbia Records artist begins to chart his path forward.
We had the chance to catch up with StaySolidRocky via e-mail to talk the moment he knew he had a hit on his hands, TiKTok, and what's next.
Ones To Watch: First things first, when did you know you had a hit on your hands?
StaySolidRocky: I KNEW I HAD A HIT ON MY HANDS WHEN I SAW THE REACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA. EVERYBODY SHOWED LOVE AND WAS EXCITED BEFORE I DROPPED THE SONG.
If you weren't rapping, what would you be doing right now?
SHOOTING MUSIC VIDEOS LOL
What was your initial reaction when you first heard "Party Girl" landed on the Billboard Hot 100?
I WAS IMPRESSED BECAUSE I CAME IN AT A PRETTY HIGH SLOT. I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHERE IT GOES.
How did "Party Girl" originally come together?
IT STARTED OFF AS A FREESTYLE THEN I TURNED IT INTO AN ACTUAL SONG AND PUT SOME EMOTIONS IN IT.
"Party Girl" has been blowing up thanks to TikTok. Were you familiar at all with the platform before you started trending?
YEA. SHOUTOUT TIKTOK AND HONESTLY NAW. NOT REALLY. I'M LEARNING THOUGH.
How did you go about finding your sound? Any major inspirations, music or otherwise?
I RAP ALL DAY EVERYDAY. I DON'T PLAY VIDEO GAMES OR WATCH TV. I JUST RAP. AND YEA, LIL WAYNE MOST DEF.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
ITS OKAY TO BE SELFISH SOMETIMES.
Is there anyone you've been dying to hop in the studio with?
What's next for StaySolidRocky?
DEFINITELY WORKING ON A PARTY GIRL REMIX AND PUTTING TOGETHER A BODY OF WORK RIGHT NOW. WE GOT MUSIC VIDEOS OTW AND MORE! IM BUILDING MY NAME.
Who are your Ones to Watch?
Big4Keezy is about to change the music industry.