Raury Alexander Tullis, known as Raury, is a musician from Atlanta signed to Columbia Records. Last year he released his debut mixtape entitled Indigo Child. Indigo Child was the first glimpse we got of Raury’s music style, not only in singing and rapping, but with his guitar as well. The tape was well received, and he gained a lot of recognition from the project. Not only did it reach high positions of the charts, but he was also drafted to XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class and was featured on iTunes’s 2015 New Artist Spotlight. Indigo Child truly brought something refreshing to the music industry. It was a unique mix of folk and hip hop, with gospel cuts and smooth guitar chords. Raury’s style can really be summed up by the tapes two leading singles, God’s Whisper and Cigarette Song.
All We Need is Raury’s debut album. Under Columbia Records, the album is essentially a sequel to Indigo Child, a continuation of the story he was telling throughout the tape. However, Raury has definitely grown in the last year, with crisper production and better vocals.
All We Need is the opening track to the album and after listening to the song, you can feel how passionate Raury is about his music. Every verse is sincere as he shows off his vocals, not to mention the powerful chorus, “Who can save the world, my friend?” This is all followed by a great rap ending, which Raury described as the summary of the album. ‘Forbidden Knowledge‘ was released as a single earlier this month, and is definitely a standout on the album. The track features an awesome bass & the title serves as a catchy hook. Raury really bears it all and describes his frustrations on multiple topics, all of which he puts under the guise of “Forbidden Knowledge”. Raury is really irritated by the state of the world right now, and even goes on to discuss what seems like uncertainty with God and anger towards corporate powers.
“At first they want to keep us separate but equal / But it’s not so we fight against the hatred and evil / Now they let us think we got it and they killin’ our people / Why does history repeat like a sequel? / Well that’s forbidden knowledge”
The following tracks are all great, but Raury takes an interesting turn with the song ‘Trap Tears’. The instrumentals are much darker, followed by a strong trap beat. The song centers on the focus of life in the trap, however it is not known if this is where Raury actually grew up or is he is just spreading awareness of the troubles that reside there. Whether or not the song is based on true experiences, the song is still very powerful and shows us a different side of Raury.
“He owes the game, they gave him weight / But he was weak, he has a week / Or he will be killed / And papa died, he used to trap / His son’s a man, but men don’t cry / Unless they’re trapped tears”
Raury continues to deliver the style we saw in Indigo Child, but still manages to throw in some new vibes. Raury’s style is definitely different from many popular artists today, but the fact he is so young can really take him far. Raury is probably the first artist of this new generation who can truly change the game; All We Need is his first step. Overall, this is a strong project that leaves me wanting to hear more of Raury and opens many doors for how he can proceed with his future work.
Favorite Songs: Forbidden Knowledge, Devil’s Whisper, Trap Tears