RUKUS

RUKUS

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Rukus is a soulful MC able to capture the essence of human struggle around the world and craft it into inspiring hiphop. He believes in making beautiful music with a purpose and meaning that the common man can relate to.

Biography

It was all just a hobby back in 1999 as RUKUS rocked ciphers, before he hit the stage in Bryan-College Station in 2001 to open up for a special showing of famed movie producer Spike Lee’s hip-hop movie “Bamboozled”. Afterwards, Spike pulled RUKUS aside backstage and said “You were tight man…you’ve got a bright future”.
With his gritty voice, smooth flow and witty lyrics, RUKUS re-emerged in the summer of 2004 as a major player on the hip-hop scene. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, but raised in a Nigerian household, the 24 year old MC reps Nigeria and the “2-1-0” to the fullest as evidenced by the well received release of his first mixtape titled "The Big Bang Theory” and the release of his first album entitled “Home Grown”. Comparisons to Common and Kanye West abound as RUKUS impresses with a combination of witty rhymes and a fresh, conscious perspective.
After having mixtape singles "Come On" and "Drop" already received spins in the Houston area, college radio, and airplay on KVJM 103.1, RUKUS wowed DJ’s and fans alike with his catchy remixes to the already popular Amerie hit “One Thing”, 112’s “U Already Know”, and Teairra Mari’s “Make Her Feel Good” as his remixes outshined well-known rappers such as Fabolous, Eve, and Foxy Brown. With several remixes in Houston clubs Dreams, Club Visions, and Metropolis as well as steady radio rotation on KVJM 103.1 in the Houston area, RUKUS has begun to receive a flood of calls and emails from record label representatives. Riding the underground success of his 1st official album, RUKUS is more focused than ever and expects to make an even bigger splash in the clubs and on the radio with his latest recording project for the grown and sexy entitled “Cool Out” spinning all over Houston. Hundreds of CD requests were placed after the emotional mixtape single “I Will Remember” first released and aired on his myspace page. In addition, he’s wowed international crowds everywhere with his rendition of “African Queen”. Most recently he took on the task of remixing John Mayer’s “Continuum” album. His “Waiting On The World To Change” remix has people of all ages and music interests anticipating his next release. Look for this talented young star to continue making waves in 2007 as his exposure ventures outside Texas and to a radio near you.

Lyrics

African Queen

Written By: Kingsley Okafor

I still love you queen, black skin, brown sands
Remember in ’86 when we first held hands?
Remember the way I smiled, when I touched your land?
When you kissed my feet, - When I heard you speak,
When you asked me to meet, for our first dance,
I only knew how to grind, you were more advanced.
You wore a wrap around ya waist, - the finest gal
With your matching hat, and your matching blouse,
Maybe that’s the reason why I really miss you now,
Promised to always love you, and I meant the vows.
Heard your struggling more than before,-
That its really not safe in your place and your family’s poor
We hardly speak on the phone, now I’m all grown,
And I wanna go home, to the green white green,
Nigeria, you are my African Queen

(Always be queen of Africa, Always be queen of Africa)

To all my African queens, I really wanna sing that
I love you – I love you….
And its true, that you’re beautiful and black,
Appreciated in fact, by the men that you attract by your acts,
Nigeria to Ghana, Botswana Savannahs,
Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Republic of Uganda,
Zimbabwe to Kenya, Zaire to Sudan,
Senegal, Angola, Ethiopian land,
Queen of my motherland
And the continent,
Many men have tried, but none have conquered it
So keep your chin to the sky, eyes open wide,
Back straight, arms to the side, position of pride,
That could only resonate from ya power inside.
You are the strength and beauty of African soul,
The grace of clouds and power, of thunder that rolls
I love you as you are, - smile brighter than a million stars
You are…
You are my African queen….

I Will Remember

Written By: Kingsley Okafor

Now I’ve never really been the kind of man who cried,
But sometimes - I reminisce and I wonder why –
I remember my mama cryin, when she lost her sister
More than ten years later she still miss her,
Never got to kiss her, that last goodbye on the cheek,
The one that makes life and death complete,
I – remember, the 11th of September,
When the twin towers fell, And the whole nation knelt,
I – remember seeing Jarel last July,
October 31st was the day that he died,
And I try to understand God’s plan,
But maybe that’s the problem, I’m an ordinary man,
We’re ordinary people and I pray when I can, for a better tomorrow,
Cuz I’m tired of sorrow,
We don’t own tomorrow, I’m just tryin to borrow,
Tryin to make a couple memories before it be the end of me…(I – remember)

(Sample: “I will remember you”) – I put’em up cuz I can’t forget
(Sample: “Will you remember me”) – Remember life have no regrets
(Sample: “I will remember you”) – God knows I put it on my life
(Sample: “Will you remember me”) – Well here’s a song for a lonely night

I remember – that Dr. King had a dream,
I – remember when we marched for things,
We forgot what it means to be free,
We caught up in what it means to be G,
I – remember my first trip to the motherland,
Holdin my mothers hand, language I ain’t understand,
I remember my Godfather with shades on his head,
I remember his tired body on the hospital bed,
I remember wondering why there’s no cure for cancer,
I – remember cuz there’s still no answer.
It’s the good ones that head to grace,
And we wonder why the worlds becoming an ugly place
Terrorism – and death over faith and oil,
Innocent lives lost from American soil
I remember - we’re at war in Iraq,
And I hope troops remember that we’re praying for’em back…and I…

(Sample: “I will remember you”) – I put’em up cuz I can’t forget
(Sample: “Will you remember me”) – Remember life have no regrets
(Sample: “I will remember you”) – God knows I put it on my life
(Sample: “Will you remember me”) – Well here’s a song for a lonely night

For all the lives of our loved ones lost in 2005…say it with me….(we remember)
To the families of those who didn’t survive…….pray it with me…(we remember)
To the victims of Katrina, we’re sorry for your loss, and the pain that it cost (we remember)
For all those, who fought for our freedom, and what we believe in (we remember)
We - remember the good times and the bad,
Cuz when we leave this earth, its all that we had,
And its sad that we live in a world this way,
While innocent kids dying from AIDS each day,
But they in another country so that’s okay,
Its in Nigeria not the USA.
For the kids with no Christmas at the end of December,
I won’t forget to help ya, I promise I’ll remember…

(Sample: “I will remember you”) – I put’em up cuz I can’t forget
(Sample: “Will you remember me”) – Remember life have no regrets
(Sample: “I will remember you”) – God knows I put it on my life
(Sample: “Will you remember me”) – Just sing this song on a lonely night

Everyday

Written By: Kingsley Okafor

She sing “La,la,la,la,la,la – la, la” –
6am and she up from the bed,
A little offee in her system and she up from the dead,
Take the wrap off her head, fold up the bedspread…
The sun’s shinin through the window frame,
Today ain’t yesterday, but its feelin the same,
Her man just packed his things and she’s feeling ashamed,
Started working a 2nd job and she’s feeling the pain,
She’s waitressin at a diner, off of Westheimer,
The money ain’t comin, low tips for first timers,
Promised her son that he would get new shoes,
But promises get broken when the rent is due,
And what’s new? – the new car was repo’d and let go,
She make it to her 2nd job, by ridin the metro.
Come home late at night, kiss her son on the head,
Then she started hummin this song as she got into bed, she said:

I work hard, hardly play,
I think I sing the same song….Everyday
One day, we won’t live this way,
That’s why I keep my head up….Everyday

She sing “La,la,la,la,la,la – la, la” –
10am and she up in the church,
She on her knees in the chapel cuz she’s scared to give birth,
She’s 7 months in and the pain gets worse,
Her first time with a man, - she planned,
To give herself up – any way – she can,
Romantic nights, incense, scented candles,
But when she tell’em she pregnant, its too much to handle,
Parents think it’s a scandal, embarrassed at their daughter,
So they kick her out the house, take the ride they just bought her,
She’s forced to take orders at the drive thru window,
But 5 months in getting up wasn’t simple…
Morning sickness, no witnesses,
As she laid by the trash can, cursing every black man,
But here in church as she spoke, she cried,
Facing the congregation she testified, she said:

I work hard, hardly play,
I think I sing the same song….Everyday
One day, we won’t live this way,
That’s why I keep my head up….Everyday

Bridge:
I work hard, hardly play,
But if life’s good for you, then I’ll be okay
Promising the world to my baby, yes I’ll stay, honey I’ll stay… (x2)

She sing “La,la,la,la,la,la – la, la” –
But this time it’s a lullaby,
She’s at the crib with the baby and she say “Don’t Cry”,
And she hum this song as she close her eyes….she sang:

I work hard, hardly play,
I think I sing the same song….Everyday
One day, we won’t live this way,
That’s why I keep my head up….Everyday

Discography


Albums - Homegrown LP (2005)

Singles - African Queen (2005), I Will Remember (2006), Cool Out feat. Bosston (2007)

Set List

Cool Out, I Will Remember, Intro, African Queen, Owned

all original works.