By Jack Barnes
A gregarious stoner and a tireless creative, Tuki Carter is a unique figure in the world of Hip-Hop. Combining passions for music, marijuana, and tattoo artistry, Tuki blazes his own trail under the Taylor Gang umbrella. After years of developing an empire of tattoo parlors and releasing mixtapes, Tuki is finally ready to release Flowers and Planes, his debut album, due in stores April 7th. Premiered by HotNewHipHop, Tuki Carter shares “Commando,” the first taste of the upcoming album. Produced by Big Jerm, “Commando” is a furious, electric guitar-driven banger with booming bass and sputtering hi-hats. Sliding his rhymes in between the slivers of space in the beat, the usually-laconic Tuki raises his energy level, spitting rapid-fire punchlines like a machine gun. An intriguing sign of the album to come, “Commando” shows Tuki Carter leveling up to a new echelon of artistry. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Tuki explains the theory behind his upcoming album: “The concept of Flowers and Planes is deeply personal but is relatable at the same time. It’s based on weed but you don’t have to be a smoker to relate–anyone who appreciates art, dreams, and aspirations will vibe to it. I know this because people from all walks of life have been buying my merch, which has a simple graphic of a flower and a plane, and it’s probably successful because it doesn’t scream ‘WEED’ all up in your face; it’s simply a nice piece of art. Do they know that the flower part represents buds and the plane is a euphemism for rolling papers? Maybe not and I like it like that. You don’t necessarily need to be direct or literal with art. Sometimes the best examples of art are ones that can be interpreted in several ways with no right answer.”
The owner of and chief artist for City of Ink, a successful chain of tattoo parlors, Tuki Carter met TGOD boss Wiz Khalifa through Rick Ross in 2007, leading to a long and fruitful relationship between the two. In 2015, Tuki Carter dropped Tuki, which landed three singles, “Chirp,” “Good,” and “Yeah” on the Billboard/Twitter Emerging Artists Chart. Last year, Tuki Carter dropped The Tuki Toker Tape, which explored the “pothead” side of Tuki’s persona, emphasizing tracks with deep bass and heavy reverb and introspective, party-positive lyrics that appeal to the heads. “I don’t want to be the next big something,” says Tuki Carter. “I want to be a staple in the world for art and music.” Look out for Flowers and Planes, arriving April 7th.
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