G-Ruck was born on January 21st as Gerald Rucker in Chesapeake Virginia. He is the eldest of four. After graduating from Indian River high school, G-Ruck decided to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force and is currently a Staff Sergeant.
G-Ruck learned at an early age that he wanted to rap. As a child he watched his uncle play numerous instruments, make beats and add lyrics. This made him want to rap also and perfect his craft. In the 12th grade he joined a rap group called “Young Fellas” which originated at a local McDonald’s in his hometown, where he was also currently working. The group went their separate ways when G-Ruck began his military career. During his first year in the military he decided to start his own rap group, “Silent Kings of the Streets,” aka SKS, deriving from the three wise men. The group became a local success. They performed at numerous venues throughout Alaska. In 2006 G-Ruck was stationed in South Dakota and decided to become a solo artist. Since then he has been featured on songs with Black Cobain, Southeast Slim, Pirelli Rell, J.C.A., Yonny Yone, and others. He currently has numerous videos on YouTube (G-Ruck.)
G-Ruck’s debut album, Subject To Change, hosted by DJ Grady and DJ Flatline, dropped December 17th, 2012 and can be downloaded on DATPIFF.com. Through his metaphorical rapping style, G-Ruck describes his music as a “quick clot” to express himself in hopes that others can relate. “Rapping is my own therapy, I sit down in the studio for hours, and I have self analyzing sessions then I get on the microphone and the rest is history,” he says in a recent interview.
One of his infamous quotes from his mixtape, “My step mother died on 9/11, son born on the same day; that’s life and death, I learned about it in the worst way.” This was inspired by the loss of his step mother. Subject To Change, has many songs that express his inner thoughts about life and death.
After the release of Subject To Change, G-Ruck released True Recognition Is Priceless, which is a mixtape collaboration with Pirelli Rell. In this mixtape, G-Ruck strived to show people a more diverse style. True Recognition Is Priceless was released on October 31st, 2013 on DATPIFF.com/LIVEMIXTAPES.com In a recent interview, G-Ruck explained the name True Recognition is Priceless, “if you’re doing something positive and someone shows true support and recognizes what you’re doing, then that, is TRUE recognition. We don’t know enough love nowadays.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
G-RUCK: I was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA. I’m currently residing in Alexandria, VA.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
G-RUCK: I grew up influenced by 90’s Hip-Hop and listening to my uncle, Sam Rucker.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
G-RUCK: Music has been my release. I’ve been able to put words on the page that I haven’t been able to directly share with people. I’m hoping that listeners can enjoy the music and find a way to relate as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
G-RUCK: Daily situations, relationships, religion, current events and personal situations
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
G-RUCK: My uncle Sam Rucker, Jay-Z, Wale, Joe Budden, Stack Bundles, Biggie Smalls, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
G-RUCK: Soulful, 90s Hip-Hop, relatable music with substance
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
G-RUCK: My hardcore passion, drive and pure love for music and the Hip-Hop culture as a whole make me stand out. I’ve invested massive amounts of time and money into myself and don’t plan on wasting it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
G-RUCK: My hardest challenge is trusting new people. I tried for a long time; to do everything on my own and in this business I’ve learned that you can’t do it all on your own. Now I do as much research as possible, take a leap and pray that I’ve made the right decisions.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
G-RUCK: Subject To Change 2 is my newest mixtape in the works. I’ve released two singles, “One Night” ft. Pirelli Rell and “Vas Lyrical Assassin” ft. Black Cobain & Pirelli Rell. Also, I will be releasing two more singles and freestyles until the release date in December.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
G-RUCK: My career goals are to be able to support myself and family through my music alone. In 10 years I see myself having already released multiple albums, number 1 singles, toured all over the U.S. and other countries and having my team and family with me while doing so.
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