You have now entered the world of rūku! He's raging hot with an album drop titled 'Inside Voice'! Grab your headphones and align your energy, ‘cause this sonical chapter is about spirituality, sensuality, determination, demons, and motivation, and it all commences on Worldclass Intro...brotha.
Track one is charged up with progress, encouragement, and a slap of healthy confidence that buzzes and bumps through the walls of expression. rūku introduces his aura through a fade-in of grainy roar and intense vocal bass. The title speaks for itself—it's world-class.
Act Up takes it down a tempo but turns up in the area of enticement and arousal. The theme is flirtation, and the afterparty is the destination as rūku raps his heart out about big booty cuties alongside dope artist, Airports. The laid-back instrumentals blend seamlessly with rūku’s drawn-out flow.
We have a heater with badlikehades! rūku flips frequencies, tuning into the wave of drill. The track drips with Pop Smoke influence; every grunting ad lib is gritty and growly in all the right places. Stt Laurentt completes the track with his electrifying verse that adds to the instrumental darkness and visually explicit lyrics. rūku exudes a desire full of fire and a release of intensity that has him ignited.
Once again, there’s a change in the vibe, and rūku flaunts his abilities in versatility with Track 4: Keep Showing Up. The Afrobeats-inspired track pulsates through the speakers, creating a sonic panorama that instantly transports listeners to an island oasis, all while rūku hypes up his girl's beauty and expresses his impulse for her. It’s the positive reinforcement and healthy companionship that we’re all here for; the vibes are uplifting, and the chorus is gorgeous.
Inside Voice is an 18-month-long labor of love peering into the thoughts, moods, and feelings of rūku. You’re listening to an odyssey that looks into rūku’s experience on this earth; it’s his universe and his human experience thus far.
“My mindset was purely focused on making the best piece of art possible, but with the right intention. The three biggest inspirations for the album were spirituality, basketball, and moving to Melbourne.
The core of this project was spirituality; it was about bringing awareness to the internal monologue, the voice within. Spirituality has taught me meditation and stillness. I’ve learned how to be aware of my thoughts and feelings so I can be in control and create.
Basketball ties in with a general fascination for the competitive arena and physical performance. Personal training and fitness were my first passions, but in recent years, a passion for basketball has evolved, and some of the players, such as Kobe, Steph, and Klay, have been role models for work ethic and excellence. I was also listening to David Goggin’s second book during the last week of recording the final vocals. I had a strict deadline and was extremely overworked, but that book allowed me to dig deep and find another level.
Since moving to Melbourne, my whole life has changed. So many fundamental relationships have dwindled away, but in their place, new ones have sprung up, and I couldn’t be happier. Melbourne has given me the opportunity to be the artist I wanted to be, and I’m forever grateful for that.” - rūku
Next up is How High, which is a cup full of audible celebration for rūku’s creative success to date with an abundance of voice effects, catchy lyrics, and a slick chop-up of electronica that enhances and emphasizes the message expressed. This one right here is definitely a gym playlist staple!
Listeners are then hit with an interlude featuring vocals and verses from vibrant artist 43 SCOUT! It’s eff the matrix from the get-go. rūku hops on and reflects on the current state of society, only to hop off and let 43 SCOUT shine. Her ability to deliver verses with a sense of nonchalant intensity and don't f*** with me energy elevates the track to another level. The two gel with precision and vocal perfection, matching each other's authentic energy while exposing NPC behaviour found in our external world.
NO ASSIST changes gears with rūku’s voice switch up, imitating an ATV while he rhymes it with CCTV. His clever bars catch the rhythm on this need for speed-type beat that’s revving with passion and has an impel of pressure. He’s stepping on toes, spitting venom, and sounding the alarm for his next level up.
Lukrative Outro completes the Inside Voice experience with a Neil Diamond sample and an introspective stance that explores inner thoughts of anxiety, masking, and a case of lost identity, only to refocus back on rūku’s craving for lust and pleasure. There’s a mysterious wickedness lurking in Lukrative; it’s like peaking into rūku going to war with his demons. The beat switch delivers chesty depth, exposing rūku’s psyche and the battles he’s ready to face. The cadence and free flow are accentuated, and that concludes the journey.
Inside Voice is a genre-dipping, vocal-experimenting album that showcases rūku’s fearlessness in creativity. He gives his all and leaves it on the beat, leaving room for further musical expansion. The next chapter of rūku is on the move with a deluxe album release and a Brizzy Halloween-themed show curated by artist Airports. The evolution of rūku is on the way; stay ready for a s#it ton of upcoming shows.