From the notorious small town of Money Earnin Mt. Vernon, New York, Jacene A. Thomas aka RoK CitY have been inspired by the sounds of “good music” at an early age. Her mother was a dj in local clubs then later managed a rap group from Mt. Vernon called the “Money Earnin Crew” which included “Talent the Comedian”. RoK CitY attended studio sessions and shows; watching how the music professionals work. Loving every aspect of the business and creating music, she knew she had to find her place within it.
In her teen years, RoK CitY did street promotion for her childhood friends “The Bomb Squad” by selling mix tapes. After the group got a record deal with Bad Boy Entertainment they changed their name to “The Lox”. CitY was in a rap group as well called “3 Wild Children” with two male artist. At the same time she was in another group which consisted of seven female mc’s then later minimized to three and called themselves “360”. In the late 90’s, RoK CitY enjoyed going to clubs such as “The Tunnel, Palladium and Webster Hall” watching performances and networking with music professionals. In doing so, she met James Azor, in which he worked at Priority Records in the Promotions Department. He welcomed CitY to join their team and she gladly accepted. Following that venture she interned at Relitivity Records (which is now Loud Records), Stress Management (platformed clubs and dj’s) along with Refugee Camp Entertainment.
Early 2000, CitY was offered by her long time friend from Queens Bridge, Sha Luminati, to co-host with him on Marley Marl’s “Future Flavas Online Network- Luminati Radio“. This show highlighted unsigned/signed hip hop artist which was aired out of “The House of Hits” that Marley Marl owned. One year later Marley Marl offered CitY to dj and host her own radio show on Future Flavas Online Network and named it “ROK/C‘s Top 10 Countdown“ playing classic hip hop, unsigned/signed artist, 80‘s pop, RnB, slow jams and rock music. CitY brought forth the sassy, valley girl approach with street foundation. Her show became very popular on the network with increasing listeners globally. In addition, RoK CitY posses a business background which led her to become the “go-to girl” if you wanted to book Marley Marl or have any involvement with Future Flavas Online Network.
In any event, Marley Marl offered her another opportunity late 2009 to be apart of a new radio show to do online marketing and as one of his co-host on NYC’s #1 market radio 107.5 WBLS “Golden Era Radio”. Months later RoK CitY excelled in her position and became the Assistant Producer for “Golden Era Radio”.
Musically, RoK CitY have always admired artist, producers and entertainers such as Prince, Al B. Sure, INXS, Heavy D, Pete Rock, EPMD, Stephanie Mills, Denzel Washington, Rage Against The Machine, Michael Jackson and her all time favorite-the icon, dj and super producer Marley Marl. On another note, RoK CitY holds a license to practice Real Estate as a Sales Agent and Cosmetology. She has worked in a general law firm as a Paralegal focusing on Real Estate transactions and Personal Injury. Moving right along, RoK CitY formed her own business venture “Million Dolla Mindz, Inc.” which she offers online marketing and promotion to artist/entertainment companies. Lastly, she is currently a student at NYC’s very popular “Institute of Audio Research”.. it can only get better!!