Raury born Raury Deshawn Tullis, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. The artist is known for his melanger of folk sound with soul and hip hop . Raury was also a member of the C5 Georgia Youth Foundation. Recently; Raury was involved in a scandal with the Brand Dolce & Gabanna when he pointed out the mockery of a boycott on the shirts on Dolce’s “Millennial” campaign’s runway causing a stir.
Raury released his debut mixtape Indigo Child, on August 25, 2014. The mixtape reached many ears and the success of his mixtape led to a record deal with Columbia Records. Raury has since then released more music and his music has appeared in movies. He was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Raury Age| Birthday| How Old Is Raury?
Raury was born on June 10, 1996 in Stone Mountain, Georgia and is 22 years old in 2019.
Raury Young |Early Career
It was at age fourteen that Raury decided that he wanted to work with music for the rest of his life and in the following year he would be involved in recording and production of records in his friend’s basement writing songs and putting together projects, however they never go to see the light of day as he was too shy to put the work out. In high school, Raury played guitar in a cover band. In 2014, upon graduating; Raury threw a music festival called Raurfest on his 18th birthday.Additionally; he issued a free digital download of his mixtape ‘Indigo Child‘, received to positie response and led him to his popularity.
Raury Indigo Child
Indigo Child is the debut mixtape by the singer. The mixtape was released for free on August 25, 2014, by LoveRenaissance and was received with a positive response. Pitchfork writer and correspondent Corbin Goble while speaking off the mixtape called it “a perfect introduction to Raury’s style-sampling aesthetic, as well as the blizzard of sometimes-undercooked ideas he brings on the table”, concluding that “Overall, Indigo Child is an intriguing blueprint for Raury’s talent, and watching Raury continue to put it all together going forward will definitely prove fascinating. The tracklist on the debut mistape featured 13 records and they entail:
|1.||“War (Part One)”||1:00|
|2.||“What Goes Up”||0:53|
|4.||“Superfly (feat. Vancouver Sleep Clinic)”||3:19|
|11.||“Chariots of Fire”||4:14|
|12.||“Sweet N Sour”||1:39|
Raury Columbia Records
On the same year, he released his debut mixtape; the rapper and song writer announced that he signed a deal with Columbia Records. However as of 2018, it has been confirmed that Raury was no longer signed by the Columbia Records label. In an interview conducted by DJ Booth Raury stated that, “I went to Coachella without any support from the label. It was like they were trying to put me in a position of fear and weakness so I could run out of money and they could control me”
In 2014, he was shortlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 and he quickly rose up the ranks and on January 2015, he was placed at number 4 on the list for the BBC’s Sound of 2015.
Raury & Lorde| Lost Souls
In 2014, New Zealand singer Lorde invited Raury to contribute his vocals on the song “Lost Souls”, which was included on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
Raury XXL Freshmen Class 2015
In 2015, the artist was featured on the cover of XXL magazine for the 2015 Freshman Classalongside some prolific artists such as Goldlink, Dej Loaf, Vince Staples,Vic Mensa and Troy Ave.
Raury All We Need Album
On October 16, 2015, the artist released his debut studio album, titled ‘All We Need’. The album was received with a positive response and one of the songs off the album, titled “Crystal Express” appeared on the video game FIFA 16. The album All we need was a commercial success with the song “Devils Whisper” which was also off the album- was used for the trailer of the popular ‘Coronation Street’ storyline. In 2016, Raury went on tour as a support act for the rapper Macklemore. On September 15, 2016, Raury released a single called “Butterfly”.
Raury God’s Whisper
Raury’s song titled “God’s Whisper” is probably the artist’s most commercially successful record. The record appears in several motion picturessuch as The American Honey, Lucy, and Collide. His other song titled “Devil’s Whisper” appeared in the film Logan.
Raury & Jaden Smith| Falcon
Due to his musical prowess; Jaden tapped onto raury’s artistry and on November 17, 2017; the artist was featured on Jaden Smith’s album Syre, in the song “Falcon”.
Raury Welcome To The Woods
On April 20, 2018, Raury released a project titled Welcome to the Woods for free.
Raury has been on record stating that he has been influenced by 2pac , André 3000, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Bon Iver, Queen, Fleet Foxes, Marvin Gaye, and Father John Misty.
Raury is known for his eclectic sound mixing soul, hip hop and folk; using music as a tool to express himself.
All We Need Released on October 16, 2015 by record label: LoveRenaissance, Columbia in various formats : CD, LP, digital download
(featuring Tom Morello)
|2015||All We Need|
(Jaden Smith featuring Raury)
|“Higher”||2014||SBTRKT||Wonder Where We Land|
|“Dead People”||2015||Gucci Mane||1017 Mafia: Incarcerated|
|“Escape 120”||Joey Bada$$||B4.Da.$$|
|“Diddy Bop”||2016||Noname, Cam O’Bi||Telefone|
|“Losing Your Mind”||Jaden Smith||The Get Down|
|“Nobody Tell a Name”||2017||Taylor Bennett||Restoration of an American Idol|
Raury Interview regarding His Dolce & Gabanna Protest
GQ: Let’s start at square one. What did Dolce & Gabbana do that you felt was wrong?
Raury: The “Boycott Dolce & Gabbana” T-shirt they created completely makes a mockery of what “boycotting” is. Boycotting is the people’s voice. A protest is the people’s voice. It has power. It changes things. When I came out to Milan for my first time walking on a fashion runway, ever, I was excited. I’m a stylish-ass young kid, but I don’t know everything about fashion. I knew nothing about the T-shirt until I was here. I had already agreed to walk for them. [The day before the show,] I Googled “Dolce & Gabbana” so that I could know who was who when I finally met them. I didn’t want to be disrespectful to either one of them by calling them the wrong name. When I typed up their names, the first thing I saw was a headline on Fortune.com, “Dolce & Gabbana Is Trolling Melania Trump Critics with This $245 T-shirt.” National Post, AOL, etc. And then I saw a commercial featuring the boycott T-shirt, and it looked playful and lighthearted—it was a joke. It was a troll. Me, as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting. Who knows, if boycotts didn’t happen, if Rosa Parks and M.L.K. didn’t step up…who knows if I would even exist. Boycotting matters. Boycotting is real. Dolce’s entire campaign says it’s not real. I know that if I walk out there and support or endorse anything that sits next to Trump—or support someone who even makes dinner for Trump or whatever—then that means that I support Trump also. I don’t support Trump. So I’m trapped, and I have to let people know that I don’t support Trump and I don’t support those who are trying to undermine the voice of the people.
Stefano Gabbana posted many pictures of the T-shirt and campaign on his Instagram. They weren’t exactly hiding it. Did you guys know about it and what it stood for?
Raury: This is my first time walking in a runway show. There are a lot of other kids here—and it was their first time walking in a runway show, too. Everyone was just excited. Everyone was blinded by the opportunity. First time being in Milan…Dolce & Gabbana giving us free clothes. It’s lit. This is Dolce’s “Millennial” campaign. But a lot of millennials didn’t know that Dolce & Gabbana styles Melania Trump or had made this T-shirt mocking boycotting. But my nerdy ass looked into it.
Why “I am not your scapegoat”?
Raury: I wondered why I was picked to come out here and support them in a time when they’re going through some heat. So here I am, about to be like, Dolce & Gabbana is cool, but I didn’t know what they had done. And a lot of [models in the runway show] didn’t know what they had done. I felt like Dolce & Gabbana was literally trying to use the youth to wash their hands of any sort of heat from anyone who wants to protest against them.
To be clear, when did you find out about them proudly dressing Melania Trump?
Raury:I found out a day before.
You were already in Milan?
Raury: Yeah, already in Milan. Already done some of the shots and rehearsed through shit. Already made some cool friends and had a good time, and dapped up Dolce and dapped up Gabbana. I already had caught a vibe.
“They had, like, a bar of security in front of the door. I had to run, like, 300 feet up and away from them.”
So what ran through your head initially, right when you read that news blurb?
Raury: I was up against so much confusion and fear. I was confused by the fact that none of us knew this. Did anybody care? Should I say something? Should I not say something? If I say something, will it ruin any opportunities in the fashion world because I’m unpredictable or some shit like that? I didn’t know if I was going to do it or not. But then there was a moment backstage when they started passing out the shirts, when [the models] didn’t have any context for what they meant. They were coming out of the shower and the robes, after getting makeup put on, to someone saying, “Hey, now put this on and let’s start Snapchatting.”
They were making us represent something that only I knew what it was about. These kids are about to co-sign this, and they don’t even know what it means. They’re using the shit out of us. We’re not scapegoats. You are not about to wash your hands with us. They were really pushing for me to wear it, too, specifically.