Self-titled projects are oftentimes a deep reflection of the artist’s life. On such pieces, their personality never fails to shine through, commonly mixing braggadocio and charm to deliver a sonic auto-biography compelling enough to cement their names on our radars. Following his attempt to foray his way into the industry with star-studded assists on his Jonzing World debut, One Shirt, Ruger opts for introspection and conversation with his budding fanbase on eponymously titled Ruger.
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Accompanied by a Seyi Akinlade directed video dipped in realism, Ruger details his come-up over a bouncy instrumental stripped slightly of its pulse to allow a smooth transition of his words from his depth to the world. Surrounded by elements that subtly announce stardom, Ruger lets us know by way of words and performance he’s headed to the top, a move driven by his personality and Kukbeatz’s heavy percussions.
A more appropriate debut, Ruger does everything a self-title is supposed to, re-introduce the world to who he is while getting us familiar with the extent of his talent.