In the past year Raury, a musician hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, has experienced a meteoric rise from underground folk/hip-hop artist to being hailed as the second coming of Andre 3000. It all started with his Indigo Child project, which boosted Raury into the spotlight with tracks like “Cigarette Song” and “Superfly.” No one knows how this self-taught 12-string guitar player leaped into the spotlight, but his music is evidence enough for his fame. His song “God’s Whisper” is one of his original hits, and recently he followed it up with “Devil’s Whisper.” These two tracks serve almost as a timeline for Raury’s transition into the hip-hop spotlight, and are both standouts in his discography.
“God’s Whisper” can be credited as one of the tracks that helped set the foundation for Raury’s current fame. Through this song Raury states his purpose as a musician, singing, “ I am the savior,” a line in which Raury declares that he is the savior of not only music but, more importantly, the youth. However, he is not alone, as reiterates in the chorus “We are the saviors,” indicating that we, as listeners, are all active members in influencing the youth in a positive way. In stating this, Raury informs the listener that they are part of his movement, bringing them into his army of “Indigos.” These themes continue throughout the track, accompanied by a simple melody and sing song lyrics that convey a far deeper message.
The transition from the upbeat “God’s Whisper” to the more ominous and warning “Devil’s Whisper” is blatantly apparent. In “Devil’s Whisper” Raury sings and raps as the Devil himself, promising a life full of fame and fortune should Raury abandon the youth and focus on his career as a famous musician. While “God” told young Raur to save the youth the “Devil” let’s him know that he has “taste and style/ I know the twists and turns to make your life worth-,“ a bar left unfinished to possibly demonstrate Raury’s belief that fame is a dead end. This could be affirmed by the chorus “You better run, run from the devil,” as Raur could be urging the listener to pursue a more pure form of artistry. It’s also important to note that the “oh-na-na’s” that are also present in “God’s Whisper” become sped up, and the chorus singing them sounds far more nervous and anxious.
The overall sound of the two songs varies greatly as well. While “God’s” is all live instrumentation, “Devil’s” switches it up and incorporates a progressive electro-funk beat that builds as Raur transitions from singing to rapping, peaking as Raury begins spitting bars. Adding this element to the song demonstrates Raury’s come-up from a bluesier folk artist with hip-hop influences to his full on breakthrough into modern hip-hop.
These two songs are truly some of Raury’s best pieces yet. It’s interesting to listen to him consciously acknowledge his own fame and the changes that he has gone through while simultaneously offering up his personal views on them. Going from a kid that was essentially fresh out of high school performing illegally on the streets to collaborating with the likes of Gucci Mane has been extraordinary to follow. The future surely is bright for Raury, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table next.
Both songs can be found below: