Documentary: Rucci – “Tako’s Son”
The Inglewood Rapper Provides Insight Into His Past, His Motivation, and the Family and Friends Who Keep Him Going
“Rucci is one of the few young and buzzing West Coast rappers capable of pleasing both emcee traditionalists and those seeking true starpower and hit-making potential… Inglewood’s chosen son is on his way to stardom.” – HYPEBEAST
“… has raw neighborhood-star quality that leads to raucous and overpacked live shows.” – Billboard
“… L.A.’s most exciting rappers at the moment, capturing the raw energy of their respective neighborhoods on tracks like ‘Arco’ and ‘Like Woah.'” – The FADER
“… El Perro confirms Rucci as a major talent…There is likely no skeleton key to instant national fame, but Rucci seems to be developing, right in front of us, into an artist of major consequence.” – Vulture
“He’s become equally adept at writing fun party slappers and ferocious pain rap dirges, gangsta rap indebted to history but hounded by the demons of the present.” – The LAnd
One of the prerequisites to rap success is the full-fledged and unconditional support of your neighborhood. In the new ABOVE ALL-produced documentary “Tako’s Son,” Inglewood rapper Rucci proves that he’s got that in spades. Premiered by The FADER, in conjunction with Rucci’s new interview with Beats 1’s Travis Mills, the documentary revolves about Rucci’s relationship with his father, Tako, an established neighborhood figure, who was deported to his native El Salvador. Interviewing Rucci, Tako, Rucci’s mother, Rucci’s family members, and his father’s close friends, the documentary reveals Rucci’s deep Inglewood ties and how his father’s legacy drives him to succeed in the rap game. The documentary reaches its emotional crux when Rucci heads down to Rosarito, Mexico to re-unite with his dad for the first time in four years.
The “Tako’s Son” documentary arrives on the heels of Tako’s Son, Rucci’s debut album. Channeling personal tragedy into musical triumph, Tako’s Son is the best showcase yet of Rucci’s skill for mixing snapping instrumentals, breakneck bars, and heartfelt lyricism. Inspired by Rucci’s street-level observations and influenced by his late rap partner Sean Mackk, the album is ultimately a celebration of family, teeming with lessons Rucci learned from his father, mother, aunts, and uncles, and also from his adopted family in the Inglewood streets.
Last week, Rucci shared the HipHopDX-premiered “Function In The Hood,” reuniting Rucci with his “Light It Up” collaborator AzChike. With appearances from fellow L.A. heavy-hitters like Shoreline Mafia, RJMrLA, 1TakeJay, Kalan.frfr, and more, the revealing Tako’s Son releases via Mackk & Company/EMPIRE.
Watch the “Tako’s Son” documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvtGS3tELKM
Check out The FADER’s premiere/interview: https://www.thefader.com/2019/09/25/rucci-takos-son-interview
Buy/Stream Tako’s Son: https://empire.lnk.to/takoson
Tako’s Son tracklist:
2) Function in the Hood (ft. Azchike)
3) I Aint Gon Lie
5) Never Finished (ft. Lil Duece)
6) Get The Strap (ft. Ohgeesy & Fenix Flexin)
7) La Bamba
8) Drop Out
9) I Just Wanna Ball
10) Fake Gon Hate (ft. 1Takejay)
11) Nasty (ft. Kalan FrFr)
12) Rags to Riches (ft. RJMrLA)
13) Get Away (ft. Romo)
14) Keep going
Rucci is a 25-year-old rapper with a deep and decorated bloodline in the streets of Inglewood’s Northside. His father, known as “Tako,” is tied to three generations of Neighbor Hood Piru (NHP) set. “He’s a living legend where we’re from, ‘cause he was the only Hispanic person from a Black gang at that time,” explains Rucci, who is Salvadoran and Black. Raised by his father, who is now deported, and an uncle who is currently serving life in prison, the artist born Juan Martinez has been groomed for navigating the streets. However, in a critically-acclaimed, rising music career, Rucci is using wisdom and charisma to change the narrative on his life and his city. “Everything bad that I had to go through is because of my dad,” he notes. Rucci’s EMPIRE debut Tako’s Son sees the rapper turning the difficult cards he’s been dealt into a winning hand.
EMPIRE was founded in 2010 as an artist-friendly, progressive digital distribution company. After early success, and identifying future icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, and Rich Homie Quan, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and throughout the past five years evolved into a full-fledged record label, distributor and publisher for independent musicians. With the company and roster growing at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels. Today, EMPIRE works with some of music’s hottest talent, ranging from superstars such as T.I. and Snoop Dogg, red-hot newcomers such as SOB X RBE and Mozzy, and established veterans like Jim Jones and Redman. While remaining 100% independent, EMPIRE has also partnered with Atlantic Records for a joint venture, home to breakout star D.R.A.M. and propelled singles by Fat Joe & Remy Ma (“All The Way Up,” 2x Platinum), Tyga (“Taste,” 3x Platinum), and Lil Duval (“Smile”) to the top of the Billboard Hip-Hop Charts. In April 2018, EMPIRE signed a global distribution deal with Universal Music Group for select artist projects.
“Tako’s Son” Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvtGS3tELKM
“Function In The Hood” ft. AzChike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8vFleaR1a8
“I Ain’t Gon Lie”: https://youtu.be/6YF5OQfsH98
Tako’s Son: https://empire.lnk.to/takoson
“Ain’t Nuthin”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ZaU-bojos
“Light It Up” ft. AzChike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8jS79ahs38