Hip-Hop Artist, Sound of RUDY, Shares His Inspiration
Atlanta-based hip-hop rapper Sound of RUDY isn't necessarily out to break open the rap industry or change the world. He just wants to have fun, live his life, and make great music with his friends. Not everybody gets to accomplish their dreams, but RUDY already has. Last year, he released The Introduction, a full-length record debuting his talents as a new independent artist, slamming in-your-face rap anthems and slick otherworldly tunes.
The ten-track record opens with "King's Crown (Intro)," serving as a musical thank-you to listeners as RUDY introduces himself, expertly delivering quick wordplay like "I be on that rapper shit / Stunt hard and get money, all about that lavish shit." On "Castles," a rich R&B rhythm hums before RUDY comes in with rapid rapping over an old-school hip-hop beat. Later, "Pray So" has a similar vibe, slower and more ethereal with shimmering bellows of rhythm while RUDY's vocals get more desperate and intense, like he's trying to hammer his message into us: "Speak to the inner God, listen my people / We are equal, we are humans, we are gifted, truly lifted, we are blessed."
On "To The Dough," RUDY teams up with Maximus to produce a slick club track. Quick, distinct vocals blend with radio-rap harmony and pulsing percussion. "For A Minute" buzzes with a catchy, spacey rhythm that builds into RUDY's singing about fighting back against the haters. The hook is addicting as he drowsily (perhaps dreamily) raps "I been dreamin' for a minute / Now I think it's time to get it / I been out here on a mission." The Introduction ends with "S.T.A.R. (Seers of the Alternate Reality)," which opens with a crackling radio skit. Here we've got a seriously memorable dreamer's anthem, RUDY's strong voice moving through piano twinkles and busy percussion, with the perfect sing-along reminder to "get out in the world and let 'em know who you are."
The Introduction is decked out in hip-hop gems, clearly influenced by old-school legends but with an extra special spin courtesy of RUDY's impressive ambition. Inspirational lyrics join delicious production for a rap record you won't want to miss.
Listen to The Introduction right here and read on for an exclusive interview with Sound of RUDY:
The Music Mermaid: First, can you tell The Music Mermaid a little about yourself and your music?
Sound of RUDY: I go by Sound of RUDY and I'm a hip-hop artist currently residing in Atlanta, GA. My music ranges from boom-bap conscious hip-hop to Southern hype-trap. I believe as humans we embody a full spectrum of thoughts from deep-conscious thinking to fun and hype, therefore my sound embodies that notion.
TMM: You were born in Milwaukee but are now based in Atlanta. Can you talk about the music scenes in those locations and how they have influenced your work at all?
SoR: In all honesty, the music scene in Milwaukee was heavily influenced by the South at the time I was living there. A lot of my favorite artists at the time were from the South like Jeezy, Boosie, and Gucci Mane. It wasn't until I moved to NY that I became more influenced by the Northern style of hip-hop.
TMM: You released your album, The Introduction, earlier this year. What was the production process like for the record?
SoR: The production process was pretty chill. Me and my good friend Tommy Uribe (of psych-funk band Kilroy Kobra) would chill and vibe out to a joint or bowl. Afterwards I'd step in the booth and lay down the verse and hook I had ready, and once the bare bones were down, we'd try to get creative as far as harmonies go. Lastly Tommy would beef the songs up with his creative mixing skills. We'd end the sessions around 3 AM and afterwards, we'd just smoke and watch old Cartoon Network shows like Courage The Cowardly dog and Johnny Bravo until we passed out (laughs).
TMM: What is your songwriting process like?
SoR: My process is usually based on some emotion I'm feeling at the time. As far as writing goes, I'm not the type to just sit and create on the spot. There has to be an underlying feeling or emotion that I need to get off my chest. Once the feeling is there, the song writes itself.
TMM: The hip-hop genre affords major opportunity for collaboration. What’s your favorite part about collaborating?
SoR: I love the cross-promotion each artist gets from collaborating. It's nice to reach out to other fan bases and gain new fans through someone else. Also, I usually always learn something new from working with other artists, which is a major plus.
TMM: If you could collaborate with just one vocalist and one producer, who would they be and why?
SoR: Hmmmm, good question... I've never really put much thought into this one. If I had to say, I'd like to collaborate with Drake's producer Noah "40" Shebib or Metro Boomin. I just feel like their production holds so much weight -- you can say nonsense over any of their beats and you still got a hit! As far as vocalist goes, I'd do a track with Thom Yorke of Radiohead, simply for the obscurity of it.
TMM: What are some other passions or hobbies you have that your fans might not know about?
SoR: I love anime; been a huge fan of it since I was in elementary school. Besides that, I'm a simple dude. I just like to enjoy life with the people I love and make good music.
TMM: Who in the music community would you consider a “secret mentor” to you?
SoR: To be honest, no one. I'm observant of methods that have worked for certain artists, but I have yet to meet a mentor or guiding figure in this industry.
TMM: What has been your most memorable musical moment so far?
SoR: The first show I've ever played. It was at this awesome venue in Atlanta called The Masquerade. There was a decent sized crowd and at one point the whole crowd was chanting my name and I'll never forget it.
The Music Mermaid: Finally, what’s next for RUDY?
Sound of RUDY: Success in the form of more fans, more shows, more money, you name it. RUDY is next.