MorrayThe potential for greatness is increasing and it is really blocked. However, the Fayetteville, North Carolina native had to shed his old skin to reappear as the artist he is today.
The 28-year-old rising star, whose music is a melodic mix of song and rap, stopped creating songs for a while before landing a spot in the XXL 2021 first year class. After taking the mic in 2008, more than a decade had passed since Morray, née Morae Ruffin, made music again. He looked at himself in the mirror a few times and wondered why he was continuing, considering how 10 years had passed without his songs gaining attention or love on social media. .
Last year someone claiming to be on the Gucci Mane team attempted to scam Morray without money, which made him want to resign again. A few days later, his life changed following his hit “Quicksand” which sells gold. Pick Six Records founder Moe Shalizi called Morray to praise his artistry and the deal was real this time around. Morray then signed to Pick Six, now in alliance with Interscope Records. “It’s very disheartening when you make music on your own, but it takes one thing to change your life” Morray echoes.
“Quicksand” finds him singing through the tumultuous experiences of stepping out of an isolated and gritty area that usually holds people back. The disc, co-signed by another native of Fayettenam and 2010 XXL Freshman J. Cole, more 2020 Freshman DaBaby, peaked at No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and his video currently has a view count of almost 100 million.
After that he kept the music rotating with more songs like “Trenches”, “Kingdom”, “Big Decisions” and “Switched Up”. These last three are hosted on the 2021 release of his first project, Street sermons, equipped with 13 tracks that sum up the complexity of its flow patterns and pitch control. This skillful caliber of layering melodies and harmonies also helped him create the chorus of J. Cole’s song “My. Life,” which peaked at No.2 on the Hot 100 this year and earned Cole the highest single of his career.
Let Morray say it, this vocal design is something he got while growing up in the church, a perfect environment to open the mind. “They have trap soul, but my shit is rap soul,” Morray shares. “I rap, but I pour from my heart. And that’s why I love what I do because I can just give it all and be me.
Now, it’s time to give people a moving example of why Morray is the perfect fit for the 2021 XXL First year class. His XXL Freshman freestyle presents a demanding wave of energy felt from the first set of words proposed by Morray. Here he details how he became the rose that grew from the sidewalk.
“They said I’ll be dead at 16, I guess these niggas was lying and shit / Bitch I’m alive and I know you hate it, wishing you were blind and shit / And my diamonds are too clear to think that I’m just flexing, bitch, I can’t deny this shit / And, bitch, I just started and I didn’t even get my fucking bonus with that, ”he says with an intoned flow.
In just over a minute, Morray is playing taps with calm, fleeting rhythms used to provide chin control flexes on the attacking beats, covering the calcium-filled blocks in his golden mouth and having piles of money so severe that the bills never fold.
Before leaving, the future prophet refers to the level of greatness he aims to achieve, shouting out a legendary NBA Hall of Fame and another rising star. “Ball like a Maverick, yeah / Dirk Nowitski, Luka Doncic, yeah / It’s a doctrine, yeah / Close the hip-hop wound like doctors, yeah,” he concludes.
Watch Morray 2021 XXL Freshman freestyle, powered by BODYARMOR, below.