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Rosco’s faith-based content, lack of profanity separate music from other rap

Rosco No E, the artist who performed the Stroh Center Rap in 2011, is releasing his first album today.

Rosco’s album, “Christ Soldier” follows two mixtapes.

“I think a lot of artists talk about like guns and killing,” said University senior Michael Blair, also known as Rosco No E. “I like to make positive music. My life situations, my relationship with Christ. … That separates me from a lot of other artists.”

He doesn’t consider himself a Christian rapper, though.

“I don’t try to force it on anybody,” he said. “If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t.”

Rosco also separates himself from other rappers by not using profanity in his songs.

“A lot of artists cannot make music without cursing or using profanities,” he said. “All my music is clean-cut music. It can be played over the radio. Younger kids can hear it.”

Rosco’s music is “relatable, real and honest, because he’s talking about his struggles and his relationships with family and friends,” his girlfriend Dynasty Ballard said.

Rosco also raps about fun things like the support he has received for the Stroh Center Rap, which has more than 207,000 views on YouTube as of Oct. 23.

The Stroh Center Rap was a song and video created for the opening of the Stroh Center in 2011. It thanked the major donors who made the building possible.

“We wanted to do something different and fun to celebrate opening and the donors who made it possible,” said University spokesman David Kielmeyer.

Madhouse Creative in Toledo made the video. Madhouse and University marketing and communications chose Rosco over other potential performers due to his personality, which showed in the clip he submitted for consideration.

“It seemed to be a good fit,” Kielmeyer said.

At that time, Rosco wasn’t taking his music as seriously as he is now.

Ballard saw his music more as a hobby then.

But after the Stroh Center Rap, “he saw that he has an entertainment style potential,” Ballard said.

Rosco has been working on the album for the past year and a half.

“I was going to call this a mixtape, too, but I felt like the growth I have in this new tape is album material,” Rosco said, though he prefers not to make the distinction at all. “This is just music.”

He also prefers not to label himself with existing genres.

“I just have my own genre: positive music,” Rosco said.

That positivity will continue in Rosco’s future music, Ballard said.

Rosco’s album will be available for free downloading on starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday. After that, he’ll host a listening party from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Union theater.

Before he graduates in December, he’ll have a concert/open mic night to end the musical journey he’s had during his time at the University.

“I want this concert to pretty much showcase all the songs I’ve done over my years here,” Rosco said. “I want everybody to see my growth and be able to reminisce about the good times when I made [the Stroh Center Rap].”

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