Atlanta's Raury can't be labeled a rapper. Maybe if he had been born ten years earlier, he would have taken that route. But in the era of Frank Ocean and Kid Cudi, (and on the home turf of Andre 3000), Raury drew inspiration from artists that could wear a number of different hats: Phil Collins and Bon Iver are appear alongside Atlanta legends like Cee-Lo Green on Raury's list of influences.
He's kept that seemingly endless collaborative energy alive since surfacing on the mainstream, teaming with English producer SBTRKT on "Higher," a standout on one of the year's best albums.
The Atlanta roots are intact—Raury has often mentioned his intent to "keep the Atlanta heritage alive," but it was always an ingredient in the recipe, never the end product. His album title, Indigo Child, reflects as much. It's a reference to the New Age belief of children with supernatural, spiritual abilities, a concept Raury has applied to his millenial generation and the boundless resources they have at their fingertips.