the songs on Malik Ruff blur the lines between hip-hop, R&B, indie rock, and folk blues, giving the whole project a cohesive but unpredictable sense of atmosphere. “1:04 PM,” produced by Steve Lacy of The Internet, rides a guitar riff that sounds like Terry Callier filtered through ’90s Matador, and spread across an Aquemini drum break.
But influences don’t mean much without experiences, and Quadry relates his from a perspective that finds realness and strength in vulnerability. “Wesley (For My Son)” successfully executes a difficult concept: Quadry narrates a letter to himself from the point of view of his semi-estranged father, who died in 2016 (“It won’t wait, so chase while you can, son/Only regret, I’ll never see my grandson”). He follows that song with “Momma,” where he empathizes with his mother’s concerns about his future, in a voice that oscillates between guilt and pride. It’s the culmination of an album where lyrics about restless travel (“Motion/Settle”), getting high (“Louis”), and buying new sneakers (“Cross (New Shoes)”) are bursting with self-reflection, personality, and intricate detail.
QUADRY, 27 is a Hip Hop artist from the American South a region of the country that boast the pioneering or early development of foundational music genres such as Jazz & Rock n Roll, his music is equal parts avant- garde & traditional, maintaining the over arching principle of hip hop to speak for and share stories of his community but also pulling the genre with him into the future, a stalwart in the International indie music community QUADRY has collaborated with producers like DJ Dahi, Tev’n, Romil Hemnani of BROCKHAMPTON, Dylan Brady of 100 GECS & Steve Lacy of the Internet. On the 5th anniversary of his debut album “Malik Ruff” he shares an exclusive vinyl package with a original poem written by the artist.