He's the Don, the admitted avoidant (IYKYK), the emotionally charged songbird, and the high-vibrational eagle. He's Mr. Ruckman, and boy oh boy is he a true writer who has delivered a cyclone of intellectual and emotional depth on his album Congruence!
Nothing is untouched in this beautifully mixed and superbly transitioned body of work. Got a manipulative ex who plays the victim? Depression and anxiety? Addictions? Attachment styles? Alter ego? Stripping the ego? Childhood wounds? Unshakeable determination? Introspection and shadow work? Calling out the shady industry? Love and loss? You're bound to find a track that pierces through your soul and makes you feel understood, and it's all done to the tempo of good ol' hip-hop and an immaculate, throaty flow.
Mr. Ruckman allows his heart to bleed on the album, which acts as a catalyst for healing; it’s therapeutic. He's unapologetic about sharing his personal life experiences and reoccurring thoughts, some completely unfiltered yet completely necessary.
Congruence oozes duality, intensity, veracity, and transparency, and Mr. Ruckman delivers all the above through his aural heartbeat with a deep resonance.
"Congruence is the follow-up from my previous album, Cognitive Dissonance; it borrows from the idea that there are two sides to me. There's a significant split: one is the don, and the other is Ruckman; one is filled with dark humour and psychotic lyricism, and the other is full of deep emotional vulnerability. There is a gap in the contrast, and Congruence focuses on delivering the harmony of it all". - Mr. Ruckman
His flow is distinctive, staying true to his roots and environment. Heavy imitation isn’t present in his tone, and this alone is what makes him a strong contender to respectfully bust down the doors internationally.
He starts off with a straight shot of rawness, plummeting into childhood wounds amongst a playfully youthful soundscape on track 2, Congruence. The upbeat keys blend in with Mr. Ruckman's storytelling, allowing listeners a look into his upbringing as Ikey majestically harmonises over each verse.
He then emerges as a Phoenix of lyricism and resilience against the industry's resistance alongside the brilliant Shynin Armour and beautiful Tanya George on track 3, Kill Em With Success. This trio sets their musicality ablaze when they connect and collaborate. You don't need to make the trip to church; they'll bring it to you with their convictions, faith in succeeding, and flows that meet in harmony.
Mr. Ruckman goes on to flex his sonically seasoned artistry and variety on tracks 4 'I've Made It' (featuring Ikey) and 5 'Indebted'. Sinking listeners into his alignment, you're immersed in hip-hop as Ruckman encourages gratitude with every breath taken. The seasoning continues with flavourful Sixpence, N.Body, and Ruckman's Tupac work ethic as they step up and serve verses that are accompanied with a super catchy hook: "No money in my pocket, I'm just running up the tab, no advice, I just rap on the mic, I'm indebted to this rap sh*t". You'll be singing along to the hook by the end of the track.
From there, Mr. Ruckman pivots, giving listeners further access into his personal life on Take Me Back, he focuses on areas of relationships, self-sabotage due to an avoidant attachment style, and a good dose of self-love. In this phase of the album, you're met with gentle beats, emotional exposure, a dope feature from Y.V. and Kwasi, and an upheaval of past energy, which is released into spoken word on Love Is and completed with cut-throat awareness of the bullsh*t Ruckman endured.
Prepare for death and rebirth with Track 11, featuring soul-shaking vocals from Hyina Mufasa. Mr. Ruckman details his journey of loss, loneliness, lack of support, regret, and starting over, which led to his current transformation, one we are all extremely lucky to witness!
Poet On My Headstone is one frequency that hits hard from the beat drop and first verse! Ruckman's sensational lower register shines as he spits, 'It's typical when people are cynical; they'll be critical of everything you do that they didn't do cause they're miserable." Can we get a mic drop, please?! Ruckman reminds us to focus on the vision and mute the critics. Misery loves company, and entertaining a vibration means entering its frequency. Measure that frequency!
Finally, he goes on to drop free game regarding manifestation and the intellectual blueprint. His word play, cadence, and self-awareness reflect on the current state of society as he induces listeners into body positivity and authenticity, here is where we enter a gentle climax, one where past self and present love collide on One More Day, featuring samples and smoothness from Jace XL and Karai. The chapter of Congruence is completed with Rye (Outro).
Mr. Ruckman is an artist who gives in lyrical abundance, smooth transitions, and a deep, profound pen game that's all expressed through his burning creativity. He’s one who is immensely needed in this industry, providing artistic balance.
Don't fall behind with listening to Congruence; set aside time to digest the storyline and allow yourself to align once Mr. Ruckman kicks in. Keep killing 'em, Ruck!