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If you check your favorite Internet search engine, the term "Royal Ruckus" is likely to conjure up British article headlines such as "Parliament Raises a Royal Ruckus." While the hip-hop duo of Jamey Bennett and Michael Walker may not be stirring up ... +

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If you check your favorite Internet search engine, the term "Royal Ruckus" is likely to conjure up British article headlines such as "Parliament Raises a Royal Ruckus." While the hip-hop duo of Jamey Bennett and Michael Walker may not be stirring up the Crown, the duo's name did stir Flicker Records' president Bob Herdman to take interest in the group. "I immediately liked the name, which compelled me to listen to their demo," Herdman remembers. "Their great melodies immediately hooked me as well my seven-year-old son who listened to their independent records every night for a month." Noting their appeal to a broad age spectrum, Flicker realized Royal Ruckus had mass potential. THE LATTE, LATTE SHOW While the group was seeing an enlarged platform due to their contribution to the multi-artist project Coalition: The Hip-Hop Alliance (Forefront) and after being featured in 7Ball Magazine's "25 Best Bands You've Never Heard" story, Herdman flew out to see the band play live in their hometown of Bakersfield, California. "Their stage antics were hysterical," Herdman says, then laughs as he remembers. "They dressed up like cheerleaders, had fake sword fights-and presented really fun, sometimes goofy, hip-hop." The group's live performance is indeed one that is not quickly forgotten. They often hold dance contests on stage or open the floor up in front of the stage for the chicken dance in order to get new fans excited for the show. "It's pretty interactive," says Bennett. "Doing unique things really breaks down a lot of the barrier that happens when somebody is on stage." "Often, you have the person on the stage and the people in the crowd," adds Walker. "We like to make it The Show, everyone is a part of The Show." GEEKY MUSIC FOR KIDS The two suburban white kids raised in California started the hip-hop group five years ago due largely to Bennett's interest in the genre. "The majority of people that buy hip-hop music are middle class white kids, and that's exactly what we are," Bennett says, citing The Source, a leading hip-hop publication that has noted that 70% of hip-hop music is purchased by white consumers. "I can't think of anything else that would connect better with a middle class white kid than other kids singing about the experiences in life that they go through." Their fresh hip-hop/pop style is poised to take the industry by storm, as only slight comparisons could be made to such hip-hop icons as the Beastie Boys and De La Soul. This is a group that takes "unique" to a new level. Take a peek at their lyrics and abundant cultural references-quad-shot lattes, Weezer, Mandy Moore and corporate sponsorship-that are creatively woven throughout their songs in a tongue-in cheek manner that could be compared to Relient K's or Barenaked Ladies' writing style. "Generally, we start with a song title," says Bennett of their unique songwriting process. After observing culture-watching television, reading magazines, listening to music-the guys often form a catch phrase such as "The Latte, Latte Show," "Geeky Music for Kids," or "Let's Start a Boy Band." After layers of drum loops and live instruments are added to meticulously written (and at times utterly hysterical) lyrics-a song is born. The solid album includes such highlights as the grungy rock/rap track "Check it Out." "While our songs often reference culture, this song is specifically about Christians interacting with culture in a meaningful way," says Bennett. "This interaction might be through music, work, school, writing-anywhere we can try to be the best we can be and make a splash in the culture." Another standout, "The Next Best Thing," is about "being content with what God has given you," says Walker. "I have to realize that I can't just go out and buy that new car because I want it," explains Bennett. "We believe that God is in control over all the blessings in our lives and sometimes he chooses to withhold things-not just to punish us or make us repent, but for his own purposes." While the song has a serious message, the fun, fast-paced tracks are complimented with the duo's signature amusing lyrics that include such catch phrases as "I don't have a yacht, but I have some apricots" and "Put our record on and wiggle to the beat." DOUBLE TAKE While the lyrics are fun, the vocals flow smoothly and their energetic live performances won't quickly be forgotten, the Royal Ruckus crew has lofty goals set for themselves. "We would like to see our music impact culture in a positive way," says Bennett. "For us, the song 'Check it Out,' isn't just a nice little song, we really want to be out there impacting people." Bennett believes impacting culture should be a natural expression of everyday life. "We always hope that our goal of glorifying God will be self-evident in the way we conduct ourselves as circumstances arise," he says. "While we are mighty sinners ourselves, we hope that our lives are lives of repentance. We have to constantly keep God as our personal joy and primary focus." With God as the focus and great music in tow, get ready to see this group's "really, amazingly loud noise" resonate far beyond any ruckus the Parliament could ever hope to cause. This will be a ruckus of Christ-like proportions-truly, a Royal Ruckus.


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