Snares urgent not hyper, keys gentle not maudlin, attitude assured not cocky, “Watching the Moon (Stay)” is pure nostalgic hip-hop as soulful as the pick in Pete Rock’s Afro. Rukus ponders the problems of a grind that demands unworldly patience from its dreamers and their loved ones. And on hand to belt one of the most beautiful protests ever recorded on wax is Marium Echo, also known as The Greatest Vocalist You’ve Never Heard of. Marium can sing something mean on just about any tune and she knows it. You hear it in her voice. “Stay” is a magical moment both guys and gals can identify with.
“Stay” appears on Rukus’ The Hunger 2, out this summer. You can stalk him on Twitter at @RukusLive