While Hip-Hop has a long history of multi-talented artists – producers who rap, rappers who sing – few can claim a track record that includes heading a creative label, producing for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist, winning the 2001 US Open open forms competition. Ru AREYOU is a Sacramento raised, Los Angeles based jack of all trades who’s honed his skills across these mediums for close to a decade & is seeing his audience grow tremendously over the past year.
SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview by Myk Blauuw) got a chance to speak with Ru AREYOU about his background, tour life, and what drives him creatively.
SJ: For the folks that don’t know you, can you give a little background on yourself? Who is Ru AREYOU?
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In our next edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we talk to Ru AREYOU, an emerging Los Angeles based creative who’s talents include heading a creative label, producing hip-hop tracks for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist who won the 2001 US Open open forms competition.
Check back for Ru AREYOU’s edition which drops 1.15.18.
Qwanqwa is an instrumental band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, carrying decades of experience in the Ethiopian music scene and abroad. Qwanqwa originates from Gondar, Kombolcha, Ethiopia and Santa Cruz, California. Their music can be defined as experimental traditional Ethiopian rock “that deserves to be played in every living room, at every party and on every radio station from Gondar to Santa Cruz.”
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