Drakeo The Ruler – “Fights Don’t Matter”
Five days ago, Drakeo The Ruler, overlord of the LA rap underground, got out of jail. Drakeo helped create a strain of jumpy, restless, casually wordy street-rap that’s essentially become the sound of California, but he hasn’t been around to see it. For the better part of two years, Drakeo has been in jail, awaiting trail. He was acquitted on murder charges last year, but then he was arrested again and held without bail on charges of shooting and conspiracy, stemming from the same incident. Last week, Drakeo agreed to a plea deal, pleading guilty for to shooting from a motor vehicle with a gang enhancement and having his charges for criminal gang conspiracy dropped. Drakeo’s plea agreement was for time served, which means Drakeo is out of jail now. And he’s back to releasing music.
Really, Drakeo never stopped releasing music, whether it was remixed versions of the tracks he recorded before going to jail or Thank You For Using GTL, the album that he recorded over the prison phone system and released earlier this year. But last night, Drakeo released “Fights Don’t Matter,” his first properly-recorded song since getting home.
The journalist Jeff Weiss, who’s been covering Drakeo’s whole story, tweeted Drakeo wrote “Fights Don’t Matter” while in solitary confinement and recorded it just hours after leaving the courthouse. Drakeo hasn’t turned reflective in jail. Instead, he’s back to intricately worded threats of gun talk, delivered in a hypnotic low-key mutter. He sounds great. Check out the song’s video below.