The final part - Slave become Apprentice becomes Master!
My 3rd album
4TH RUKAS ALBUM “MASTER OF THE WORD” ALBUM REVIEW BY DEKAY
“Master of the word" is a pretty big claim for any writer to make, but Rukas lyricist holds up end of the bargain pretty well on this epic 18 track release. The opening track begins with apocalyptic sounding music, building up to a fast paced, intricately woven rhyme scheme, the tone of which is kept up thru out the album. Rukas sets the bar with his opening lines
Unnatural oddity mad anomaly
I babble comically from Babylon a freak
Head of a Jackal wanna eat the Forbidden apple from the tree
Travelled onwardly Battle honourably from the deep
Aint no mystical weapons that will conquer me"
....And keeps up an impassioned dialogue for the rest of the album.
Features here are rather hit and miss, with some of them bringing down the levels with sub-par flows, and others complementing the tracks perfectly (I'll include myself in that last category, as you can find a Dekay verse on Anno Domini produced track "Yesterday”)
A standout track for me is the viciously funny and witty track "ANIMATED" with brilliant wordplay and a catchy beat. In contrast to that another favourite is "BENEATH THE WINTER SNOW" a beautifully sampled beat depicting a trues event from Rukas's life. Covering a wide range of topics from religious beliefs to a Heroin addicted past, this is a quality set of tracks that are unbelievably, free to download!
ALBUM INTRODUCTION....A FEW WORDS FROM RUKAS...
The final part - “Slave” become “Apprentice” becomes “Master!”
I am of course referring to my journey from album 1, “SLAVE TO THE WORD – Episode 1”
, to album 2 “APPRENTICE TO THE WORD - Episode 2” and then finally here this particular
saga ends with the final episode “MASTER OF THE WORD - Episode 3”
This is my 4th studio album (Album 3 is THE TERRAN TALE TELLER) to date
. With this I knew I had to go beyond myself, draw on some serious quasi-mystical like
reserves untapped!. My 1st album SLAVE was good, a far as being a debut. APPRENTICE better, with
top production from PRO P, the UK's busiest producer!...So I felt like I was heading in the right
direction. As long as each album was slightly better than the previous, I was happy. I knew track #1
was gonna have to straight up KILL rappers Heh heh. I knew the whole album was going to be produced
by Anno Domini (The best in the business as far as production goes) so beat choice was varied. But I’m a
picky sod when it comes to beats, and it took a while but eventually I found it. An epic Anno beat which I
instinctively knew was destined to be the opening song to set the mood for the whole album.
I fine tooth combed thru my lyrics, and a week later I was happy. After that 1st track, the rest just flowed & within the year I had written, recorded, mixed & mastered the whole album.
Some say it is my best work, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like to think so as I have since recorded 5 more albums hah hah.
But it IS in my personal top 3. For those familiar with my styles, you can find my MIRROR WRITING style displayed all throughout song 12 - (The Sinner's Song) In which I convert 'The Lord’s Prayer' into rap...Not literally of course, but it was my idea to ‘rap a prayer' for lack of a better term.
Special thanks to my Fiancée Chogaia, my personal muse who never fails to inspire & ultimately surprise me every day with just how fucking amazing she is. Love ya forever babes. A LOTTA songs I have recorded are either about, for, or to her. Expect a collab album of Rukas & Chogaia 2015!
Shout out to my pal Matt Catlow for top recording skills, and being a generally good chap!
Respect 2 my mate Dekay, who features on MANY of my albums...Thanks for the review D!
Well, that’s it I guess. What you still doing here? Play the damn thing!
Rukas 29 May 2012