|Tearing up the block with their street stories and function anthems, Rucci & AzChike are a match made in L.A. Rap heaven. Joining forces for their first-ever collaborative album, Chike and Rucci share Kourtesy Of Us, a 21-track project. Like any hall of fame-worthy duo, the interplay between Rucci and AzChike is a study in contrasts–Rucci attacks the beat with a breakneck, snapping flow, while Chike’s oblique delivery finds hidden pockets in instrumentals, helping his disrespectful punchlines stand out. They have their similarities as well: both rappers are fearless on the mic, willing to say absolutely anything, whether they’re stacking outrageous flexes, elucidating details of their chaotic pasts, or poking fun at fakes and lames.
The album is home to recent singles like the slinking, piano-laden “My N****s,” and the gleefully inappropriate “Hoodrat,” featuring a guest spot from Boosie BadAzz. Packed with production from maestros like Cypress Moreno, AceTheFace, Hitman, Rob Vicious, Bruce24k, and more, Kourtesy Of Us is an expansive survey of West Coast sounds, from the dramatic bass & piano lusciousness of “No Time,” to the swirling synths and insistent 808s of “Get Back Gang,” the pizzicato strut of “Fasho Poppin,” and the luxurious electric keys of “Thug P*ssy.” Throughout, Chike and Rucci remain quotable, ping-ponging verses as they demonstrate why they’re among their city’s elite. Featuring appearances from Kamaiyah, Boosie Badazz, Haiti Babii, Capolow, Kalan.FrFr, and many more, Kourtesy Of Us is available everywhere via Mackk&Cult/EMPIRE.
Prior to Kourtesy Of Us, Rucci and AzChike hit the streets with a line of fiery collaborations, built over a number of years. The two rappers connected with Capolow for “No Kizzy,” a Bay-meets-L.A. banger, took aim at steppers on “Who Dat,” and earlier, they honed their chemistry with the rip-roaring “Pop Pills.” They’re renowned in the streets of L.A. for creating multiple local hits, most notably 2020’s “Function In The Hood” and 2018’s “Light It Up.” Both artists are continuing the momentum from big 2020s–Rucci continued to explore his fascinating backstory with the Midget album, featuring the hit single “Understand” ft. Blxst, and AzChike kept busy with hard-hitting EPs and collaborations with the likes of Sada Baby and Frostydasnowmann.
In an exclusive interview with HipHopSince1987 it is clear that RUCCI and AZChike are at the forefront of this new Los Angeles music style mashing up the sauce of the bay with authentic Southern California vibes. They are both from the southland and are deeply rooted in the culture and got into music early. They have a motto “no weak beats” and knock out a lot of records with their producers mixing up writing and freestyling. They fuse together hyphy beats with sharp lyrical abilities and pay homage to the greats before them such as Bone Thugz, RBL Posse, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, as well as southern legends like Boosie and Webbie. They came together with the Winning Team mixtape and started a movement all their own. They have new songs out now with Capalow as well as Boosie and are both heating up. They have a new video out now with a new album full of great songs and standout features over solid production.
Finally joining forces for the joint album that L.A. needs, Rucci and AzChike happily gifted their fans and their city with a new set of slaps. Join AzChike and Rucci at the official Kourtesy Of Us release show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 14th: https://www.axs.com/events/414195/rucci-x-azchike-tickets
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