Luckily LA-based Rugby Wild has been on repeat for a while now, thanks to various curators spanning different platforms. ‘Black Planet,‘ the newest project from the New Jersey-born artist, feels to be the fullest dose of his deep lyrical prowess, and it changes forms throughout the eleven-track offering. Lively, shoulder lean inciting bops like ‘Garden,’ and ‘Tribe’ keep your head shaking. These are intertwined with vibrant accompaniments to smoke-filled rooms like ‘Cocoa’ and ‘Gems.’ The project is a hot meal with family after a hard day’s work, really, a large helping of soul food.
Rugby laces the project with a personal reflection on goals, promises, and achievements. For example, a stand out lyric comes on ‘Garvey’ where he cites:
“Really I’m a Black Star I know what Talib and Mos mean”
Simultaneously, his flow continues to evolve with every track I hear, and this project is a testament to applied pressure. One of my favorite flows comes on the eighth track, ‘Anotherdaminterlude,’ where Rugby slides on a city pop-esque sample with a trap percussion that continues to evolve through the track.