XXL 2015 Freshman Class

XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class is revealed as the annual issue brings about the annual debate and highlights the up and comers from the rap scene that are prime for a big year.

This year’s class: DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, K Camp, OG Maco, Raury, Shy Glizzy, Tink, Vince Staples and Kidd Kidd.

Tink reppin’ for the Chi. Any surprises? Kidd Kidd? K Camp? They’re both trending at the moment in Chicago.

My personal favorite of the group: Raury. Lookin’ forward to what’s next for the young Indigo Child outta ATL.

Raury “Fly” f/ Malik Shakur

Raury’s message is one we can all understand and believe in ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬

– Pharrell

Raury’s latest audio release came a few months ago and paid tribute to the likes of Eric Garner and Michael Brown while also expressing some desires for his unborn son. Overall, it promotes a message that Pharrell himself succinctly said on Facebook this afternoon, sharing the all-new video for “Fly” featuring Malik Shakur above.

The video becomes an effective, animated, history lesson that drives home the message even more. No doubt you’ll be moved by this… much respect, Raury.

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Raury “God’s Whisper” @ mtvU Woodies, SXSW

Another standout performance to highlight at SXSW is Raury, who was all over the place, but up above at the mtvU Woodie Awards.

Here’s his rendition of the song that got me (and probably you as well) hooked: “God’s Whisper” and it was notable for Raury’s full band and background vocals providing a complete sound and doing the record justice live. The guitars, the vocalists, and Raury’s energy were all superb. I wonder how this would sound if Raury went Kanye-style on the live autotune too. Maybe for an indoor stadium one day…

Watch above and peep Indigo Child if you haven’t already.

Raury “PSA (Seven Suns)”

‘I hope one day my grand daughter still knows how to write.’ Enjoy My new FILM 🙂

Straight from Raury comes a new music video for “PSA (Seven Suns)” off his stellar debut project, Indigo Child. And you’ll definitely see something a little different than ever before because Raury and his crew care not for your… cell phones? It’s not hard to understand the statement after seeing to what extreme they go and for that overall, this is pretty cool even amidst a couple of questionable acts of violence, hah. Nah, but it’s still straight and in the process, Raury reveals a cool new ❤ logo and furthers his movement of indigos. For that alone too, this is pretty cool.

And for the record, the clips sampled at the beginning are another reminder to stay off your phones while driving. I used to text while driving until I realized how unsafe that was and we can all use a reminder like this too.

Raury “Fly”

Deep in my heart I know everything is going to be alright.

– raury #indigoChild

Raury takes a break from his ongoing tour to deliver a poignant new record, simply titled “Fly”. He croons over wrongful deaths, immediately inspired to write the record after Darren Wilson’s non-indictment. The track not only connects lyrically as Raury strays far from cliche, but also musically. The acoustic base of course, but also the violin from Luisa Lee (Willie Linton & Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman also co-produced with Raury). Closing out the record is Malik Shakur, who performs some spoken word, adding to the story, and being the appropriate fit.

“I wrote ‘Fly’ right after hearing that Darren Wilson was not being indicted for murdering Mike Brown. I wrote it instantly that the words and music didn’t even feel like mine. I knew that this track belonged to the universe. 

‘Fly’ is a reset button on the revolution. ‘Fly’ is an ode to the ones who were wrongfully murdered, mourning the deaths and also looking on the bright side to help us find peace in the fact that they are in a better place, they fly in heaven now. 

My best friend Malik Shakur also felt the need to express his hope for the future and the growth of Black excellence when he recorded with me in the midst of America trying to capture his Aunt Assata Shakur. He also looks to walk along with me, as we heal the world through love and high-frequency music.

Deep in my heart I know everything is going to be alright. – raury #indigoChild”

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