Malcolm Rue spreads hope in Yellow Soul
If there is one thing intriguing about Reuben Kingsley, better known as Malcolm Rue, it is his intentionality. Like in his just released album, Yellow Soul, the Nigerian-Ugandan musician has continued to colour his discography with the most profound and intimate commentaries on life itself.
In the 12-track soundpiece, Rue continues traversing these same themes, as he pontificates on love, optimism, joy, and hope. And while the record continues to soar for its didaticism, Rue’s magic continues to shine most on the beautiful Afro-fusion harmony that underlines the project.
He tag teams industry heavyweights such as Egarboi, Dre Murray, S.O, Protek Illasheva, Canton Jones, J’Dess, Daphne Richardson, Kelar Thrillz, Churemi, Oyije, JohnMarie, and Sandra Okafor, melding their diverse talents on the soothing soundpiece. If there is anything that contributes to Yellow Soul’s towering replay value, it is the soothing mix of language, from English to Luganda, to Pidgin that really reflects the beauty of the African people.
In a conversation with Guardian, Rue explains that “Yellow Soul represents optimism, joy, love, and anticipation for a brighter day. Sometimes we have to leave our comfort zone, to grow and be the best version of ourselves. Yellow soul challenged me in every way because it was more than just the rap, but the music in its entirety.”
Kickstarting his career, in 2014, as a writer, poet and music producer, Rue has always taken the route of being different in his delivery. He melds Afrobeat, rap, pop, and Jazz to create the urban Afro-fusion that colours his discography. Like in Yellow Soul, he continually blends choir vocals and soulful percussion to chaperone his intimate lyricism.He cites global heavyweights Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, and Da Truth, as his biggest music influences.
With Yellow Soul, Rue steps out as a gust of fresh air in the music scene. Yellow Soul is out across digital stores.