By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Rucci describes himself as the hottest artist in Inglewood, California right now, which is no cap. Coming up in the Norf side, the West Coast rapper has seen it all: from death to violence to drugs and even the murder of his childhood friend Sean Mackk who raised him.
Rucci and Sean came up together in a group called MackkRucci, which is also the reason he plans to go harder than ever in the rap game. When it comes to his sound, he describes it as “real street gospel,” giving audiences meaningful content vs. just the turn up.
AllHipHop: Why are you the hottest artist out of Inglewood?
Rucci: ‘Cause I move different. I’m different, that’s it. I’ve been through a lot more than a lot of people. I come from a long line of legends. Where I’m from, you either gon’ be something and get what you gotta get, or you just gonna be a ghost over there.
AllHipHop: A long line of legends, what does that mean?
Rucci: My dad, my uncle Sean Mackk, people like that who’ve raised me. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve always known right from wrong at an early age, you know? Always been on my city since a kid.
AllHipHop: What were you seeing growing up?
Rucci: A lot of bad stuff. I don’t wanna say too much, but everything you can ever think about as a kid growing up in the ghetto. I had a lot of fun though. Just seen what right from wrong at an early age, always was ahead of what was going on. But it was a lot of fun growing up in Inglewood, CA.
AllHipHop: What was fun?
Rucci: My friends, just the people around there. I'm from the Norf side. They be calling the Norf side sometimes the Spanish Harlem of Inglewood. It’s a lot of diverse races over there. All types, it’s different.
AllHipHop: Talk about being part of this new LA wave.
Rucci: I love it actually. I'm real humble about it, but I think about all of the time. We doing something that hasn’t been done in a long time. We all real close. We all literally work together. We move together, it just feels so natural. I love being apart of this LA wave.
AllHipHop: Who is we?
Rucci: That’s a good question. When I speak of we, I usually be with 1TakeJay, AzChike, and Kalan.FrFr, we call ourselves the winning team. Shoreline Mafia too!
AllHipHop: You reunited with your father in “La Bamba.” Best memory shooting the video?
Rucci: Seeing my dad smile. Seeing the stressless and not worried. I had to break a little bridge between that because he was still frazzled towards opening up, because of all the stuff he's been through. It was just good seeing him smile. He got to finally just breathe. [exhales] That was the biggest thing.
AllHipHop: Music-wise, what can we expect?
Rucci: My album about to drop.
AllHipHop: What’s the name of your album?
Rucci: Tako’s Son. That’s my dad’s hood name. I’m finna do a little release thing, about to drop a clip from my documentary for the album. Tell them the album name, I’ma drop the cover, I’ma drop the release date all this week.
Nobody knows that yet. People put in the air, but the album name’s Taco’s Son. It’s really showing how my dad had such a big effect on me.