There is a desperation caught up in the very foundation of RuudAwakening’s CATHARSIS. Frantic bars come from deep within the rapper, emerging as though they are pulled from him. Synths carry haunting hooks while intricate beats keep you locked in. CATHARSIS is a record with tension.
RuudAwakening was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and moved to Florida when he was seven years old. With members of his family across the world, RuudAwakening found comfort in music. Now, he’s here to pass that healing process forward.
“I wanted to create something with a lot of feeling, meaning, honesty and sincerity,” the artist says. “Catharsis is here to heal you.”
There is a clear effort, among the heavy melodies and foreboding beats, to have his audience feel seen. Album highlight “Freedom” embeds the idea of being there for those who are struggling into the repetitions. Underlying is a catchy experimentation with depth and layers, as well as biblical allusions. “Fallen From Grace” also works to fight against the way the world can beat you down, repeating “Don’t be hard on yourself” with intensity.
One of the skills of CATHARSIS is how precise studio-choices give each song a tangible texture. You can feel the pressure pulsing through “Binks”, the sometimes-fragility of happiness on “Runway”, and the sonic snap of the lyrics on “Thank U 4 Sharing”, which repeats “Lemony Snicket” and “Jiminy Cricket” with a satisfying crackle.
If the goal was to reach out towards an audience with soul-bared and make people feel seen, RuudAwakening succeeds with fervor. The dark, anxious energy of the songs draws the listener in, while the lyrics dig deep and candid.