Morray – Quicksand – Live Session | Vevo Ctrl.
Born in Fayetteville, NC, Morae Ruffin’s formative music moment was singing “I Believe I Can Fly” in church at the behest of his ma and grandma. That gospel influence comes through strong on the singer/rapper’s ‘Street Sermons’ debut. It’s the latest and strongest addition to the recent wave of “ghetto gospel” tracks, where trap production and street themes mingle with uplifting messages and melodies you’d hear at Sunday service. Morray is easy to root for: stints on the wrong side of the law led to his subsequent reaffirmation in faith and family. He even considered donning the cloth and becoming a pastor. Instead, breakout track “Quicksand” has made him the shepherd of a different kind of flock. Kids are dancing along to it in the pews of TikTok; and, like the rare homily that holds your attention from beginning to end, ‘Street Sermons’ is an engaging listen from front to back. Turn up the speakers on “Quicksand” and “Trenches,” and watch the man deliver truth from our Ctrl pulpit.