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Known for his baritone flow and lyrical prowess, Rukus made a splash on the scene in
2006 when the hit single “African Queen” received airplay in the U.S., U.K., Nigeria, and
Ghana and was chosen as part of a United Nations compilation album with proceeds
to aid in the fight against poverty. After opening for Tuface in 2007 and performing
alongside popular acts like Banky W and Godwon, Rukus pushed the envelope by
remixing John Mayer’s “Continuum” album receiving critical acclaim and a personal
mention on Mayer’s website. Rukus re-emerged the next year both in the U.S. and
Nigeria appearing on Eldee’s smash hit “Big Boy” alongside rising stars Iceberg Slim and
Proto aka Chiddy (of Chiddy Bang fame).
In 2010, Oakland radio picked up Rukus’ touching tribute to Oscar Grant entitled “Dear
Tatiana”; the song served as a rallying cry for Oakland residents outraged and placed
Rukus alongside Novel and Mistah FAB as outspoken activists against police brutality.
Fast forward to August 2011 where Rukus was handpicked and co-signed by G.O.O.D.
Music producer and Mo-Hits CEO, Don Jazzy, for his hit track “Enigma” which received
airplay both in the U.S. and across Nigeria.
Already dubbed as “Nigeria’s Drake”, look for this young MC to bring a new brand of
Nigerian hiphop to the forefront before taking his sound international.