(November 15, 2022) – Ruger returns with two hot new tracks “Red Flags” and “Asiwaju”, listen here. The two tracks offer up the notable Ruger flair, while being uniquely distinct. Jumping on the slick production from TSB (J Hus, M1llionz) on “Red Flags” Ruger quips on relationship dos and don’ts and proses the question on if he is the red flag. While reconnecting with collaborator Kukbeats, on “Asiwaju”, Ruger reaffirms his position as the next Nigerian star. Listen back to the B side here.
Cruising the London streets, Ruger bring “Red Flags” to life with his love interests in the accompanying visuals, shot by Don Prod, watch back here.
With the release of The Second Wave Deluxe EP, Ruger continued to show his hand at delivering hits. Fan favourite “Girlfriend” his fastest growing single, with now over 19 million views on the video. It’s predecessor Second Wave EP, which spawned the gigantic hit single “Dior” #1 across Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Liberia Gambia, Chad and Seychelles) firmly established him as one the hottest artists to watch coming out of the continent right now. Arriving on the scene 18 months ago, he has amassed over 120 million streams to date and most recently joined the elite Golden Circle on African DSP – Boomplay, reserved for musicians that have racked up 100million streams on the platform.
In just over a year Ruger’s arrival on to the music scene has been huge. Included in Vogue’s 22 musicians to watch for 2022and with co-signs from the likes of Davido, Don Jazzy, Popcaan, Burna Boy and more, Ruger has become one of the new hottest names. With a current tour schedule around the world, his music has captured the attention of many. Most recently, His breakout single “Bounce” was nominated for ‘Best Afrobeats Single’ in this year’s Headies Awards.
Listen and watch “Red Flags” and “Asiwaju” here and stay tuned for more from Ruger.
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More about Ruger:
23-year-old Lagosian Ruger has spent the past few years developing his artistry, with the guidance of the Jonzing World musical incubator. Working with producer KukBeats to home in his self-described “crazy, energetic and real” Afro-Dancehall sound. Ruger draws reference from a childhood filled with a breadth of musical influences including 2Face, Gyptian, Bob Marley and Sunday’s spent drumming and singing in his Church choir. Using his life experiences as a basis of his storytelling, Ruger uses music as a means of expression, with the goal to see “the whole world… on their feet”.
1.4 MILLION – Instagram followers
Over 400 MILLION – global streams
158 MILLION – YouTube views
700K – YouTube Subscribers
500K – Spotify followers
750K – Tik Tok followers
35 MILLION – Global Streams for ‘Bounce’
25 MILLION – Global Streams for ‘Dior’
Artwork ‘Red Flags’ here
Artwork ‘Asiwaju’ here
Press photos here
‘Red Flags’ official video files & BTS here
‘Red Flags’ social assets here
‘Red Flags’ lyrics here
‘Asiwaju’ lyrics here