Multi-talented singer/songwriter/rapper/musician Raury is set to drop his highly anticipated new album All We Need next week, and we couldn’t be more excited! Coming off the back of Devil’s Whisper and the recent folky single, Friends featuring Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello, is the insightful Forbidden Knowledge, featuring Big K.R.I.T, who was just in town for OutsideIn Festival.
I’ve had a listen to the album and I can straight up admit that this is my favourite track on the entire release. I’ve already listened to it about ten times. The lyrics are powerful, honest and demonstrative, without being preachy or condescending in any way. Considering his age, Raury has a lot of interesting stuff to say – and it’s well worth taking a listen.
Forbidden knowledge can destroy mankind, Raury boldly begins, setting the conscious tone right off the bat.
The verses are mostly backed by a really simple beat, with eerie synths that kind of sound like angels underwater. It slowly builds and grows, with guitar strums and new instruments filling up the atmosphere.
Big K.R.I.T’s guest verse is slick and so refined. While he hails from Mississippi, his distinctive flow is reminiscent of Atlanta natives OutKast and Killer Mike. Both KRIT and Raury have a kind of confident yet delicate tone, and they just bounce off each other so perfectly.
Raury’s album All We Need comes out next Friday October 16. Pre-order that baby here.