Open Space: Rob $tone

Rob $tone, of Lemon Grove, San Diego, has had one interesting year. Though he dropped a long-awaited album and steadily grew his fan base throughout the year, the rapper’s 2017 was also marked by a brutal incident in his home town involving XXXTentacon and his homie Ski Mask the Slump God—the same show that left XXX knocked out and one concertgoer hospitalized with a stab wound. Naturally, that was one of the first topics of discussion when Rob sat down for his “Open Space” interview.

“We were never supposed to go there,” Rob says. “Me and Ski Mask have talked since then. Seems to be cool, but I think we’re both just focused on our careers.”

That said, the “Rolling $tone” rapper was able to turn things around and drop his full-length debut, Don’t Wait For It, in October. “I titled my album Don’t Wait For It because… Don’t wait for success to come, you’ve got to go get that shit,” Rob told MASS APPEAL. “Don’t wait for the label to do shit. I’ve got to make shit happen.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Rob spoke on the advantages of being an independent artist, why allows for more creative control, and how proud he is of his small team’s success. “I can put [music] out whenever I want, and I can work with who I want to work with,” he says. “This is 100 percent Rob $tone, 1207 Worldwide Grovetown Records.” Watch Rob $tone’s “Open Space” above.

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