This summer Sir Michael Rocks makes the jump from constantly releasing free projects to testing the waters with his fan base by selling his Banco EP. The 10 or 11 track set will feature the likes of Casey Veggies, DJ Mustard, Jake One, Young Chop and more, to which he calls this his most detailed effort. After giving away four free albums of great quality, that did indeed help make his buzz as a soloist bigger, one thing he’s focused on is upping the level and working with folks he’s never did songs with before. We’ve heard nothing off it yet, but he’s been teasing with songs like “Money Came” and “Lookin’ At The Cuff.” This plan of delivering throwaways and videos to accompany them is something we’ll see leading up.

While at an in-store signing at Recess in Seattle’s U-District, Sermon’s Domain got the opportunity to chop it up with Mikey extensively about this upcoming Banco EP, from the details of his recordings to some of the features and production we can expect. We also talk about working with Choo Jackson on “Money Came,” being able to link up with so many hot producers, upcoming “Lost Boys” record with Mac Miller and Trinidad James, giving away free music and more.

(0:17) How he linked up with Choo Jackson for “Money Came” & why it won’t be on the Banco EP.
(1:28) Says Choo produced another joint that’s coming soon.
(1:49) If it was easy to link up with producers like Harry Fraud, Cardo, Hit-Boy & more.
(2:27) Why he chose to do an EP after four free albums.
(3:30) His thoughts on giving away so much free music.
(4:58) The creation of the Banco EP.
(6:56) Reveals DJ Mustard, Young Chop, Casey Veggies & Jake One features on it.
(8:01) Talks “Lost Boys” track with Mac Miller & Trinidad James.
(9:01) If he feels him and Chuck get more recognition as solo artists than as The Cool Kids.
(11:42) One thing he misses about hip-hop from the ’90s that doesn’t or can’t happen today.
(14:34) When fans can expect his Banco EP to drop.