Rudeboy on his solo career & advice to African artists
Rudeboy a.k.a King Rudy of the now defunct legendary group P-Square branched out to start a solo career in 2017. The Nigerian artist, producer and composer who makes his debut on the Coke Studio Africa 2019 season, is undoubtedly one of the most respected artists in Africa.
His Coke Studio Africa experience
On the show, Rudeboy is collaborating with Kenyan hip-hop heavyweight Khaligraph Jones, who he has already been nicknamed as “The LL Cool J of Africa.” The duo who will be produced by Kenyan Magic Mike have inimitable chemistry. Rudeboy talks about his approach on being real when it comes to music: “If I do a song I want it to touch someone in a certain way.”
Throughout his extensive music career, Rudeboy has graced many local and international music platforms over the years. He says that being on Coke Studio is by far the most high-level and professional music show he has been on. He weighs in on the level of artistry expected at the production: “Coke Studio is not for [any type of artist] but studio gangsters! Expect the unexpected from us because I am paired with the OG himself.”
Discovering Khaligraph Jones
Before meeting Khaligraph at Coke Studio, Rudeboy says that he had spotted Khaligraph on Trace TV and loved everything about him even before knowing his name. It was a pleasant surprise for him when he arrived at the recording studio only to discover that he had been paired with the artist that he had admired. The two hit it off from the get go and their chemistry is one of a kind, in fact the two have already announced that they will be releasing a joint EP in 2019.
On future projects and releases
As fans around Africa await to see a P-Square reunion, Rudeboy can only promise that he will be working on his solo career at this time, and will not change what we all loved about him: “I haven’t changed much over the years. What I love most is the uniqueness of my voice, it’s just a God given gift. I am so glad to be a role model who has changed the African music scene with my songs that will remain for a very long time.”
With his debut album under construction, King Rudy keeps firing up his legion of fans whom he calls ‘the Fire Department’ with hit after hit, thanks to tracks like “Together” featuring Patoranking and “Double” with Olamide and Phyno. Rudeboy’s advice to all artists: “Music is something to be taken seriously. Be the real you and unique at all times. You have to always mind the songs that you do and it should reflect on your day to day life experiences… It might take a long or short time to make it but wherever you find yourself, put in the work and try to be better than on your previous release.”