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    New York Rapper Emilio Rojas Explains 'Zero F**ks Given' Mixtape

    "There’s been Latino rappers before, there’s been white rappers before, but there’s never been someone who’s spoken uniquely about the biracial situation," Rojas tells Fuse

    This week New York City rapper Emilio Rojas sits down with Esteban Serrano and talks about ZFG, his latest mixtape.

    "ZFG which stands for 'Zero—expletive—F**ks—end of expletive—Given," Rojas started. "Me and DJ Camilo, we’re dropping a tape. Dope records that have been quiet for a minute. We’ve just been stacking a bunch of music and accents… we’re just going to start flooding. I’ve been quiet for a long time now. I see a lot of these f**kboys winning and I don’t like the f**kboys. New York got the wrong people on top."

    He's half-kidding, but it comes from a place of concern. "I feel like I’m unique. There’s really nobody in my lane. I’m half-Hispanic, half-white. There’s no one really doing that and it represents a huge, huge part of the population. There’s been Latino rappers before, there’s been white rappers before, but there’s never been someone who’s spoken uniquely about the biracial situation. I feel like that’s something that makes me special. That’s something I’ve already talked about in my music but I want to push it to the forefront."

    That's only part of what makes Emilio Rojas who he is. ZFG is something of a manifesto. "The reality is I never really gave a damn about anything. I love my family and I love my friends, I love the people that are supportive, but as far as everything else is concerned, there’s not really a reason to care. A lot of times, as an artist, you deal with so much criticism, so much rejection everyday. On a daily basis. As an artist you deal with more of that in a week than most people deal with in two years," he continued. 

    "I would stress out about, 'Yo, why does so-and-so not support me but they support this sh*t,' and then I’m like, 'Why do I care?' This person came up listening to Maroon 5 and sh*t—they didn’t live the same life that I lived and now they’re a tastemaker in my genre. Yo, f**k you! The tape is really a shot at the hip hop media that does nothing but undermine hip hop culture."

    Check out three tracks off ZFG, including a track with Joe Budden, in the latest episode of The Mixdown above.

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