Rukus made a splash on the scene in 2006 when the hit single “African Queen” received airplay in the U.S., U.K., Nigeria, and Ghana and was chosen as part of a compilation album with proceeds to aid in the fight against poverty. After opening for Tuface in 2007, Rukus remixed John Mayer’s “Continuum” album receiving critical acclaim and a personal mention on Mayer’s website. Rukus re-emerged the next year both in the U.S. and Nigeria appearing on Eldee’s smash hit “Big Boy” alongside rising stars Iceberg Slim and Proto. Later that year, he released the “Can’t Forget” LP which featured the touching classic “Everyday”, a track listed as #50 in HipHopCritic’s Top 100 Songs of 2008 (

Fast forward to 2010 where Rukus’ “The Hunger” mixtape has been critically acclaimed and shows off his lyrical versatility, as well as his Nigerian and American influences and boasts a roster of the best artists in Nigeria. Already dubbed as “Nigeria’s Drake”, look for this young MC to bring a new brand of Nigerian hiphop to the forefront before taking his sound international.