Band of the Week

C-Ro Del-Fresco

C-Ro Del-Fresco

Meet the Band: C-Ro (vocals, production)

Sweet 16: When he was only 16, rapper C-Ro Del-Fresco joined the hip-hop group Three Kings with high hopes that the group would amount to something, but it never made it into the recording studio. "We couldn't get anything done," he says, "so I started recording on my own and I set up my own studio in my home."

Mixtape Master: To date, C-Ro has released five mix tapes and one studio album, Limitless, which came out last year. He says he prefers the mix tape format. "The studio album format is a little constrictive," he says. "You have follow things to make sure you have a single. You can't experiment with different stuff. With mix tapes, you do what you want. I'm a fan of sampling. I produce most of my own stuff, so it's hard when I have to come up with 40 to 50 new concepts."

The Future: After the concert and release of the mixtape, C-Ro Del-Fresco plans to go on a college tour with his DJ. He's currently in the process of booking his own tour, something he's used to doing. "I do everything myself," he says. "I record, mix and master myself. I have a manufacturing plant at home where I press up all the CDs. It's a little pricey but it's worth it."

Why You Should Hear Him: His new mixtape D.O.P.E. Vol. 2 features a bit of everything. "Out of Love" is a woozy ballad that has the laid back feel of a Jack Johnson tune and "Somethings Don't Need to Change" is a reflective song about seeking fame. Zac Gatz guests on the jazzy "Flavor," one of the best songs on the disc. "I do listen to a lot of jazz," he says. "My favorite jazz artist would be Miles Davis. I like the jazz fusion sound, especially from the '70s because it was something new. I want my music to be something new. I didn't want to overload the album with variation but I wanted to give different sides and different sounds."

Where You Can Hear Him:

Where You Can See Him: C-Ro Del-Fresco performs with Krymez, Dru$kee, Zac Gatz, Land Legion and Common Ave. at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Grog Shop.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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