Catching Up With Roy Rutto

Catching Up With Roy Rutto

How old are and where are you from?

I am 19, born in Eldoret, Kenya but raised in Fullerton, California

Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?

Most definitely. I was around the freestyle scene a lot so one day I tried it and found a passion within rapping. Being a rapper wasn’t ever a plan, in fact I actually hated rap especially being from an African culture where “rap was a sin/taboo.” So I never understood the art of it until my years in America. And with my mom being a former choir teacher, I felt that was a huge opportunity to create and pass my art to the world.

What was your favorite cartoon show growing up?

Shit I watched so much cartoons growing up, I forgot some of my favorites but Samurai Jack stood out.

When did you get into making music?

I got into it around summer of 2016, before that I was just free-styling with the homies every time we’d go out .

How have things changed since you first started up to now?

The equipment got better for sure, I used to record through my laptop mic and a pair of iPhone headphones. The message of the art has grown out of the comfort zone and allowed me to be more open with the way I pass it, and who I pass it to.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Dangerous by Schoolboy Q

What keeps you going? How you doing mentally?

Positivity keeps me going. Negativity keeps me growing. The fact that I’m from Africa and now in America is what keeps me going. I come from literally nothing but family, friends, and love, no extra luxuries. So when I hear all these rappers talking about “I come from nothing” and I laugh. Now, mentally I can say I’m a soldier. I take the worst & make it the best of it in almost any situation.

How would you describe your style?

I’d describe my style as unorthodox, trap-conscious storytelling. Like J.Cole & Kendrick adopted me then I happened to be in the same room as Q and Isaiah Rashad while they’re recording but Travis Scott and Russ were making their beats. But then Joey Bada$$ starts free-styling to them so I pick up all these styles at once to make Roy Rutto.

What does your family think about you doing music?

My family is super supportive and excited to see how far the music takes me. There only concern for me is to never get caught in the hype.

Outside of music, what keeps you busy?

School, work, spending time with family and friends, training in Muay Thai, listening to podcasts, watching anime, reading books and going out with no destination, just exploring my surroundings.

What are 3 things you can’t live without?

God/my spirituality, family, and the homies.

Where do you see yourself this time next year?

I see myself established with a whole crew at our own studio creating like it’s a 9-5 job, paying my parents bills, planning monthly shows, traveling the world while building something back in Kenya, and possibly be involved in the film industry making movies or a cartoon series.

What is the most important thing you want listeners to take from your music?

Appreciate what you got, embrace yourself and you’ll come to terms with your demons and insecurities, and also have some fun in all you do, just don’t lose yourself.

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