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Rtkul8 is back with his sophomore release “Rebel8shunz” after making a statement with his debut “”Rtkul8 808″ where his passion for hip-hop would give him the motivation to strive to keep going and record another album. “Rebel8shunz” is based on The Book of Revelations as well as his own research into counter-culture and “esoteric”/ conspiracy movement. Rtkul8 explains, “It is basically my modern re-telling of prophecies that entire cultures have been formed around since the beginning of time. It is told from a narrative and first person perspective in which the main character Tommy/Rtkul8 falls asleep and has a vision of the world the way it was, the way it is, and the way it will be. It is basically the story of my journey over the last few years, including my little brother Chad’s suicide, my family falling apart as well as forced self reflection. That’s where I came up with “Rebel8shunz”; it is my animal instincts and human nature to rebel against these revelations”.
This Downriver resident was born in California and raised in the Detroit area, giving him a different look on music influenced by G-Funk, So-cal punk, and Detroit Techno. All the sounds that came from the West Coast and Mo-town have given him a social awareness of the power of lyrics. “I love all of that music but I would have to say the best sound as far as hip-hop are Detroit MCâ€™s , they are hungrier than most, especially in the Downriver/ Southwest area.” Look for projects he has in the works with producers overseas from U.K. and Australia. Plans are in the work for an April release party at Division Street Art Gallery in the Eastern Market. See him live with Mo-Town Rage, Origix &D C., Waste Management and The Red Hour at the Rack N Roll on Friday, March 5th in Riverview, MI, all Ages. More info at www.myspace.com/rtkul8. |MCB
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