Originally published in RWD Mag #149 – Autumn 2014
Atlanta often brings to mind strip club culture and the crunk and trap music that thrived from it, but over the past six months we’ve been seeing a shift. The Dungeon Family eccentricity of André 3000, Big Boi and CeeLo Green is beginning to prevail once again. Combined with the aforementioned elements, this has the city arguably at its most creative, with a scene that unites a diversity of styles and backgrounds celebrating their differences rather than imitating and competing with one another.
Enter Raury, one of the cities brightest new talents; an 18-year-old genre-bending artist who refuses to be put in a box. First causing a stir when he released the Internet sensation ‘God’s Whisper’ and the accompanying visual. With his wide-brimmed straw hat, sandals and a vocal style that switches between singing, rapping and chanting; Raury is instantly different to anything that has come before him. Whereas many artists focus on their preferred medium, Raury’s main concern is music as a whole, he is ready to rap, sing, play guitar and whatever else he has in his arsenal suitable for painting the particular mood or situation he has in his head.