Whereas I could barely wake up for school at that age, 18-year-old soul singer Raury took it upon himself to launch a hip-hop career and is quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about artists in the genre.
Raury spent many a night performing outside concerts of his favorite MCs, such as Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator, displaying his skills for passersby until the cops inevitably told him to move along. The strategy evidently paid off, as Raury has since collaborated with SBTRKT and recorded tracks alongside Danger Mouse; ate breakfast with Kanye West; been recruited by Outkast to open their upcoming Atlanta shows; and recently inked a deal with Columbia Records.
Today, the assertive young singer taps into the plentiful buzz by releasing his debut album, Indigo Child, for free online. In a rather lengthy profile with The New York Times, Raury says the self-produced LP is “made from frustrations, made from being looked down upon, made from being an outcast and not like everyone else.” Musically, his set of core references also have a reach that belies his young age: “God’s Whisper” melds folk with the uplifting harmonies of gospel; “Chariots of Fire” is like lo-fi punk meets epic Pink Floyd; and “Superfly” somehow begins as country and morphs into electrified dance-pop. The only true constant is the young singer’s ample charisma.
“You can say: ‘This sounds like an Odd Future song; this sounds like a Michael Jackson song. So what’s going to make it sound like a Raury song?’,” he said of his multi-faceted sound. “I figured out it’s the sound that was always going to draw you back to that artist, ’cause you’ll want to feel that same way.”
Stream the album below. Then, download your copy here.