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PrettiBoiRoq Releases New Twink Anthem: “Wanna Be Me”

 
Gay Hip Hop Artist PrettiBoiRoq Releases “Wanna Be Me,” 
First Single From His Highly Anticipated“Haus of Ken”EP
 
Gay Rapper PrettiBoiRoq will release the music video for “Wanna Be Me,” the first single off his upcoming “Haus of Ken” EP, on October 12.    Recorded in Los Angeles, California and produced by ASIDE, the song is about self empowerment and confidence. PrettiBoiRoq wrote it in response to comments he received after the music video for his previous single, “You Don’t Own Me,” went viral on the internet.   “I was told I had no talent and I was body shamed for not looking like the model in the video,” he reveals. “After being told to kill myself, I considered not doing music anymore but a friend helped me realize the simple reason for the hate was, ‘They wanna be me.’  Right there, the song was born!”  Along with the single, PrettiBoiRoq is releasing the music video for “Wanna Be Me,” directed by Elena Nazaroff and Hansu Kim.   PrettiBoiRoq’s “Wanna Be Me” will release to all digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal on October 12.
 

“In the end, the song is about loving yourself, and saying fu*k off to anyone who says otherwise,” PrettiBoiRoq explains from his Los Angeles home.  Though glittery fab now, he admits he wasn’t always so.  “I was the fat, poor, trailer park kid for most of my early childhood,” he says.
 
PrettiBoiRoq grew up in a tiny town in North Carolina called Pamlico County.  After his mother became an addict, his parents divorced and he was raised by his religious dad and step mother.  “I was picked on a lot for the clothes that I wore and for being gay,” he continues.  “I moved out of the house and lived on my own as soon as I turned 18 but I was desperate to leave my hometown behind.”  
 
He began traveling back and forth to Los Angeles to work on films.  Eventually, he found a room in Anaheim, packed all he could fit into his car, drove across the country and started living his new Hollywood life.
 
“My LA dreams weren’t on modeling or acting, it was always on the music,” he explains.   “I got hooked on hip hop, the lyricism, the lifestyle from 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s ‘California Love.’ I think hip hop resonates with people who face adversity and with everything I had struggled through with my mom and weight and living in poverty, the aggressive nature of the music allowed me to express myself at a time I felt muted.” 
 
He released his first single, “PrettiBoi Anthym” in December 2015.  His first EP  PrettiBoiRoq was released in June 2016, along with his second single, “New  Sh!t.” “You Don’t Own Me,” PrettiBoiRoq’s most successful single to date, was released in April 2017.  The music video, featuring porn star Arad Winwin, received over 30,000 views on Youtube.
 
“That first EP was pop hop oriented and on Haus of Ken, I’m making an effort to evolve my sound and really hone in on my hip hop roots,” he says.  “‘Wanna Be Me,’ for instance, has a slightly darker, Trap sound to it. Trap is taking over hip hop right now.  It’s a contagious sound and I get to flex a more traditional hip hop beat to it.”
 
He promises Haus of Ken will include more introspective works than what he has released in the past.  “I think the LGBTQ community could use more than typical club bangers.  We need songs with more substance that represent all facets of our stories.  I’ve been writing about issues in my personal life, including how I’ve overcome past relationships and the struggles I dealt with growing up.”
 
“My hope is that I can inspire someone the way so many artists inspired me. Just as the little boy from the trailer park did, moving to LA to chase his dreams, so can that little girl listening.  She doesn’t have to live by the male standards that currently dominate our culture. Regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or identity, we can all be exactly the person we wanna be.”
 
 
 
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