Nashville rap is an enigma. For much time the city was pegged as just another stop on the Dirty South crunk wave, but in the past years has recently shifted into a heterogeneous mixture of styles and sounds, but with a typically uniform message and feeling excreting from the music.
BukuSteez’s new tape will change Nashville rap forever. The internet has shifted rap’s main cause and focus from lyrics to energy, and a rapper’s influence only goes as far as his music can take you emotionally. Rap as a whole obviously is not limited to this, as Nashville rappers such as Mike Floss and Brian Brown have shown, but the internet rap community at large is powered by melody. I can recall the Migos once saying that rap is no longer about your lyrical or syntactical structure (and this is obviously paraphrasing), but rather an MC’s ability to “ride a beat.
Buku takes this to the next level. His melodic hooks and tales of success and tribulation accurately highlight the sentiment of much of the Nashville youth, as well as American youth as a whole. Working alongside Soundcloud staples such as Lucki and emerging Nashville producers FXNESSE and Evan G, Buku has produced the first meaningful full length Nashville project to take this new form of rap and run with it. He is a pioneer of this sound in Nashville, and because of his lyrical talent interwoven with the energy he exudes with from beat, Buku has released one of Nashville’s best projects of 2017.
The project garnered a tremendous deal of critical acclaim, and posted strong numbers on Soundcloud. Reviews and recaps of “Outsider” can be found on Nashville publication Music City Underground, and nationally relevant sites like Swidlife, and rap giant Elevator. This project is only a taste at what is in store for BukuSteez, and we are patiently waiting to show you what’s next from this future superstar 😉
Check out the project here: