Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Hip-Hop and Poetry have always been closely related. The art of delivering words in a descriptive and illuminating way can seem difficult but effortless. Kentucky artist Ali Baaba is one of the people that do it effortlessly. On Halloween, he dropped his second project of the year, Rukia. In July he dropped his classic debut project, Toonami, and since then, he has been garnering attention from across the country.
Heavily influenced by anime, he uses the character Rukia from the popular series Bleach on his album cover. He's slowly been elevating for the entire year, and Rukia keeps his streak of releasing amazing music alive.
Although his first project was mostly in the Hip-Hop realm, he goes to more of an R&B sound while also keeping his style as an artist. Most young rappers and singers have a tough time finding their identity within their music. But Ali guides the listener through the album and the concept of heartbreak, struggle, and triumph. He showcases how versatile he is from the first song to the last. From R&B melodies to songs with nothing but lyrical bars, he displays how he stands out from his peers. While the album intro "Laurie Strode" leads with a soulful, harmonic sound, to the trap-influenced hit "Rukia" which has the potential to be a popular party hit.
"City Girls run the world, niggas never treat 'em right/ Scared to have a daughter because the internet won't lead 'em right."
Quotes like this will make you really ponder about important topics, such as government conspiracies and falling in and out of love. Ali hits this point home perfectly and makes it feel more like a documentary than a music project.
"I used to ask my bitch if she believed in UFOs/ I should've asked about commitment or some life goals"
"Scene 1", Arguably the best song on the album, has lines that will hit each listener personally. His relatability in his music is the reason why his fanbase is rapidly growing.
The most impressive thing about Rukia is how complete it is as a body of work. It's conceptuality and flows like a mini-movie. If you wanted to get to know Ali Baaba, all you have to do is listen to the art he creates. In the "microwave era" of music and short attention spans, you have to appreciate an artist who puts his all into his art.