Godly the Ruler Wants You to Know 'the world is big, get over it'


Nigeria-born, Chicago-raised alternative singer-songwriter Godly the Ruler, née Godwill Oke, continues to wield his curiosity and intuition to push the boundaries of what he can accomplish in his latest EP, the world is big, get over it. From their early days of making home demos at the age of fourteen to performing in basements before making his way to stages across the country, Godly the Ruler has evaded being put in a box, choosing to follow their instinct and write from the heart, creating a body of work that's equal parts imaginative, eclectic, and electrifying.

the world is big, get over it opens with the mellow yet lyrically emotional "balenciaga size 42." Teaming up with fellow indie darling Babebee, the artist explores their mental health and admits being "crushed up when I heard the bad news" and that they're "Curled up on the floor in the bathroom." They promise to get back on their feet but continue to struggle with the cards life has dealt them and their decisions, ultimately fearing that every day is the worst day of their life. Babebee's iridescent vocals perfectly fit the track, juxtaposing her fairy-esque tone with deep-cutting lyrics that dive into feelings of self-hatred and imploding emotions.

The frenetic energy that overflows in "blood n guts" bleeds over into the record's semi-title track, "the world is big." Starting with seething guitar riffs and angsty sonic textures, Godly the Ruler and rock trio Internet Girl embrace who they are wholeheartedly and declare they're done with people's bullshit. On each of the gut-punching verses, Godly the Ruler and company deliver searing lines like, "Haven't seen you on the charts, where you been at / Everything you try to start, can't finish," and "I'm not your princess, I'm an asshole / You want a sweetheart, I'm a fucking psycho." At the same time, raging instrumentals fill the air, bookended only with the song's bombastic, mosh-inducing chorus.

Other notable tracks on the EP include "brain rot," featuring the incomparable Jackie Hayes, "30 days, 30 nights," and the previously released, and personal favorite, "call and I'll answer," featuring SAIAH and Brevin Kim. It's a decidedly mellow moment painted in by warm guitar parts, sleek synths, and introspective lyrics. Godly the Ruler puts his heart on his sleeve with the more stripped-down production highlighting his rich voice, making the switch back to full effects and distortion halfway through all the more impactful.

the world is big, get over it closes with the electronic-infused "revenge." Oozing with transfixing production and witty one-liners, Godly the Rulers observes the downfall of his enemies, discovering that they aren't what they seem. Teaming up with fellow Chicago indie favorite Billy Lemos, the duo creates a world full of captivating, idiosyncratic layers of sound.

"My favorite part about working on this track was having the chance to work with Billy Lemos, someone I adored as a youth growing up in Chicago," shares Godly the Ruler. "Being able to connect with Billy on such an entrancing and hard-hitting track brought out a lot of fun layers within the track that any listener would appreciate.”

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