E. Rose is calling in all his chips for his album-release show Friday night at Fulton 55. He wants everyone he knows to be there — everyone he's ever met, actually — even his kindergarten teacher.
"I've never been married. Call this my wedding," says the Fresno musician, known for his style of countrified, party-themed hip-hop.
It's the kind of event the album deserves, Rose says. He's looking for a turnout that people will be talking about years later.
"If you have a kick-ass show, and knock the hinges off the doors, that kind of hype stays with you," says Rose, who spent the last few years working with a group project called Twisted Capz.
This album, by contrast, is all Rose. He engineered, recorded and mixed the whole thing. He talks about it like a second child. It's a bit more mature than his previous work, and the 13 tracks are filled with lyrics about tenaciousness and determination, about not getting beat down by life.
It's indicative of his existence, Rose says.
The album's title — "Awkwardly Gnawed" — is taken from his name, minus the punctuation. The word (erose) means "jagged or uneven, as though gnawed or bitten."
He has been awkwardly gnawed upon by life and managed to survive as a single father and a business owner. Along with his music, Rose runs a popular catering business, Musician's Kitchen.
Getting back to work as a solo artist has been an inspiring process, and Rose is already eager to get back in the studio.
"There is that monster inside. I can't wait to release the album and start writing again," he says.
First, he's going to celebrate tonight, which in Rose's world means having his own personal bartender join him on stage to mix drinks for the band. He can't promise some won't make it out to the audience, if the crowd is full and things gets crazy.
"I do like to spray beer," he says.
Rapper E. Rose releases his new album, "Awkwardly Gnawed," 8 p.m. Friday at Fulton 55, 857 Divisadero St. Also on the bill: The Tripatronix, Cockamamie Jamie, The Red Coats and Jimmie O. Tickets are $8. Details: (559) 412-7400, fulton55.com
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