is comprised of MCs Ruck
, two members of the loose-knit East Coast congregation Boot Camp Clik
. The duo's debut establishes the crew as one of the most powerful members of the Clik
, both in terms of technique and production. Most of Nocturnal
is straight-ahead East Coast gangsta rap with layered soundscapes, and even if these soundscapes are seamlessly crafted, they are only there as a backdrop -- the main intent of the entire album is to showcase the talents of Ruck
, and do they ever display their talents. Throughout the album, Ruck
create a series of intertwining rhymes that are lyrical, hard, and insightful. Naturally, there are some moments that are little too predictable for comfort, but by and large, Nocturnal
is first-rate mid-'90s hip-hop.