Interview: Independent artist L.Rucus talks overcoming doubts of pursuing music
Updated: Jan 22
His album Applied Pressure is coming out in October.
Meet independent artist L.Rucus from Vallejo, CA. During his Instagram live interview with Remixd Magazine, he talked about dedicating himself to music, working a 9-5, overcoming doubts, and his new music on the way.
Some artists who inspire his sound are Mozzy, Nipsey, J.Cole, Kendrick and Big Krit. The talented artist has the ability to both sing and rap on a song, showing that he is versatile and skilled in all areas.
We’ll be on the lookout for his album Applied Pressure coming out in October. Keep scrolling to see a snippet of the IG live interview and to learn more about him.
What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist
My artist name is L.Rucus. The artist name came about when I was a kid while I was in
class and my teacher told me to stop "causing a ruckus." I liked it and decided to run
with it. When I got older I decided to abbreviate it to "L" instead of little after being
inspired by J.Cole.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
It was always there, but it was when I was around 20 years old when I decided to
really go in and go hard -- perfect the craft, professional visuals, EPK, representation,
business, the whole nine.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with
Urban Pop and Hip/Hop with RNB Vibes. Sounds crazy but i’m a big fan of these artist
who have nothing to do with RNB or pop. Big Krit, J.Cole, Kendrick, Nipsey and
Mozzy. I can just appreciate the sonics in an R&B/Pop song.
What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?
The freedom, the expression, the absolute creativity and the ability to be
unapologetically yourself and share your story.
What’s one reason you are passionate about music and what inspires you?
It allows me to share my story and show exactly what I want, how I want. It's my
therapy and my happiness all at the same time.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
I'm honestly super boring lol. I box, work out, read a lot of books and just chill
and enjoy quietness. I’m a super low key chill person.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
Mozzy, Nipsey, J.Cole, Kendrick and Big Krit.
What are some of your music career goals for the future?
Become fully self-sufficient with music being the income that keeps me afloat, and
turn into a mogul. Then use this to branch into other areas/facets.
Tell us about the project that you are promoting. What is it about? Is it a single
Currently have a few things in the works, I’ll start in order. I have a record I’ll be
releasing with Ted Park and visual dropping soon. Afterwards a full album with my boy
Trill Lee and finally a series of singles per month to keep the energy up and vibes coming.
My last project was a solid EP titled Danger. Just high energy songs and a way to
test my high energy bars.
What has the response been like to that project?
It was good. Had a big record and I shot a visual too titled "What She Say" that has
over 65k views on YouTube.
What are some projects you’ve done in the past that you are most proud of and
The long way home and this upcoming project with my boy titled "Apply
Pressure" are easily my favorites they both are pivotal points that showcase my
growth and evolution sonically and as a man.
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be
on the lookout for?
I have a record I’ll be releasing with Ted Park and visual dropping soon later October. Afterwards a full album with my boy Trill Lee, finally a series of singles per month to keep the energy up and vibes coming.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music?
I’m just a regular person who makes music that reflects how he feels and what he's going
through. If you can get down with that and something resonates with you or
any of my experiences touch you, then that’s all I care about.
Where can we follow you on social media?
IG - IAMLRUCUS
YOUTUBE - L.RUCUS
Check out his music below!