New Music: 2U4U – Kings of Africa

18.09.17,

2U4U are not your prototypical hip-hop collective. The group’s original members, ATMA and My Rugema, met in school and bonded over the intricacies of music production, particularly on classics such as Erykah Badu's Baduizm and D’Angelo’s Voodoo. They spent their free time crafting beats they imagined would alter the hip-hop landscape and, interestingly, they weren’t from London, Bristol or Manchester – cities renowned for exporting musical sui generis – they hail from Rugby. Later members Ranbir and badcal add hard-hitting production and rhymes to the mix.

The collective have now shared their brand new track ‘Kings of Africa (Tell Me)’, a sonically exciting debut, with the chops and changes of pace and the two different yet perfectly fitting rap styles of My Rugema and badcal blended with hard-hitting production.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the track they told Dummy: “We want this three-part track to set out our sonic thesis. My Rugema speaks on his upbringing on the multicultural council estates of Stockholm and the experiences that brought; badcal reflects on his situation in London upon his return from travelling and questions the small-town attitude that the city has bred.”

Listen below.

2U4U are not your prototypical hip-hop collective. The group’s original members ATMA and My Rugema met in school, bonded over the intricacies of music production, particularly on classics such as Baduizm and D’Angelo’s Voodoo. They spent their free time crafting beats they imagined would alter the hip-hop landscape; they weren’t from London, Bristol or Manchester – cities renowned for exporting musical sui generis – they hail from Rugby.