I’d like to introduce you to a talented young Independent Rapper from North Carolina, Edd Rosa or ‘Lil Edd as he is known by his family and his fans.
After a failed relationship in middle school resulted in a broken heart, Edd began expressing his feelings by writing lyrics. He wrote verse after verse.
His mother bought him a USB microphone for his computer and it enabled him to easily produce and record tracks. Back then one of his first songs “Black Hole,” received air play on his high school sound system.
Rosa wrote the song “Friends” during his senior year and filmed a video with the help of a local director, Justin Almanzar. The two met on Facebook. Within a month of being posted the video had 21,000 views.
Edd’s brother, takes the photos that the singer/songwriter uses to promote himself through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Edd has realized overwhelming success since graduating high school and there is no doubt he is headed in the direction of a successful career. No matter what his future holds he is determined to always stay true to his Christian faith.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina, by the name of Lincolnton.
Did you grow up in a musical family?
Yes, my Great Grandfather on my Puerto Rican side wrote and recorded records. I never got the chance the meet him, because he passed away, but heard many stories about him from my Grandma. My Grandpa, my mom’s Father was a great singer in the choir at Church as well. I’m very well influenced by family members from a musical background.
Describe that moment; the first time the thought came into your head that you had a shot at making a career of performing, of succeeding?
In 12th grade I got my first fan-base on this app called Keek. I started off giving advice, which later transitioned to music. It was around September, close to my birthday, I opened a P.O box. I figured since I was creating such a great buzz for myself, I would take advantage and make a video asking fans or anyone who supported me to send me fan mail, as a test to see if they really are true supporters. September 17th, my birthday is here and I received lots of letters, bracelets, and drawings of myself. It was a surreal moment for me! I’m a firm believer in God and knew that it was a sign that he wanted me to pursue a career in entertainment.
Did I read correctly that you turned down an independent contract? Are you represented by anyone now or still doing it on your own?
Learning so much about the music industry and the way record labels work, it’s a little iffy for me to be signed at the very moment. I feel that if I can create myself a colossal support group, bigger than what I have now, being independent will work best in my favor. But would consider a distribution deal!
Do you play a musical instrument?
I play the flute.
What was the last book you read?
I honestly don’t remember, but I should start reading more.
You had your heart broken as a young man, what did that do for your creativity?
Being able to vent your feelings through a microphone is the best feeling. People want to know who you are and what you’ve been through in your life when it comes to music. It’s helped me to tell my real situations which some could relate too. But I’m doing better. I’m in a committed relationship with my beautiful girlfriend Jessica, going on 8 months now.
If you could go on a big deal national tour, who is on that ticket with you new school and who would it be old school?
Great question! New school would be Drake, J Cole, K Dot, The Weeknd, Jhene Aiko, Travis Scott & The Migos (so many more I could name) Old School would be Biggie, 2 Pac, LL Cool J, Keith Sweat, Ice Cube, Wu Tang Clan, Nas, DMX
Who inspired you musically, growing up? Who inspired you to be the best man you could be?
Drake & J Cole inspired me. And my parents inspired me to be the best man I could be. Can’t wait until the day I can take care of them.
Does your family support your music?
Yes, both sides of my family show mad love. I love them.
“Everyone has a dark past to reflect on. Everyone has a bright future to look forward too.”
In your home town where do you go to get your favorite meal and what is on the menu?
Cookout always comes in clutch. I usually get a spicy chicken tray with seasoned fries & a chicken quesadilla with a large sweet tea! It’s the best.
What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Sprite for sure!
What is your TV guilty pleasure, something people would be surprised that you watch?
Honestly don’t watch TV as much, more on YouTube rather. I enjoy watching vlogs, pranks & interviews.
Where can we find out more about you? Listen to and purchase your music?
I have some upcoming music videos being distributed onto my official VEVO account (LilEddVEVO) shout out to my director Daniel Troyer! He’s great behind the lens, also behind the microphone. I’m working on my 1st album and 1st EP, two different projects, which don’t have release dates yet but will be posted on my Twitter (@TheRealLilEdd) soon. Shout out to my engineers Andrew Clapp & Juan Martinez, the reason my sound is top notch quality! Shout out to my producers, Akeem Haze, Tree Time, Deno Diamond, Rex Rodgers, and more for creating such amazing content! I have 1 single “What You Do” on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, etc for purchase. Soon, our upcoming projects will be distributed on all streaming sites & VEVO.
God has a plan this year & I’m patiently waiting for my moment. Thank you for your time.
Thank you Edd. We wish you the best of luck and great success. Stay kind!
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