Dublin rapper Reuben James has released his new single, Taas Kamay. We ask him the BiG questions.
James was born in Baguio City, Philippines and spent his childhood living in Manila surrounded by poverty before moving to Ireland at the age of six without a word of English.
After winning several talent shows at school, he released his first single, 2014's If I Ruled The World, followed by The New Day.
He’s performed at over 250 venues in Ireland, and in December 2018, he performed in Venice, LA and was recognised as raw talent by the A&R of Atlantic records. James also founded his clothing line, PROCESS, which he sold out independently in the first month.
Tell us three things about yourself?
My name is Reuben James and thats all they need to know.
How would you describe your music?
Compassionate, Inspiring and powerful.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I love artistic and beautiful lyrics but I also keep an open heart to vibe out songs.
My inspirations in music go back to Tribe Called Quest, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Nas, J Cole, Common, Atmosphere, Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique, Big L, Kendrick to Travis Scott, Migos, Drake, Swae Lee and so on... and the list goes on! I come from a country family though. My parents play country music at home. I guess I fell in love with Hip Hop.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I just got full studio in my room so I'm keeping busy.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Taas Kamay - Reuben James
Favourite lyric of all time?
Hmm . . . Well I don’t know maybe its not written in the books yet but these four songs to me are the most lyrically powerful songs ever written in hip hop in my opinion.
Dance with the devil - Immortal Technique
Stan - Eminem
Big L - 98 freestyle
Mystery of iniquity- Lauryn Hill
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Taas Kamay - Reuben James, without a doubt!
Where can people find your music/more information?
Well follow me on IG @reubenthemaverickjames, also find me on Spotify and Youtube. Peace and love.