Skandal Da Ruckus Man R.I.P

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Kevin Beacham | 0 Comments


I can't recall specifically when I met Skandal Da Ruckus Man, but it was early on in my trips to Cincy, OH for Scribble Jam. He is just the type of character you don't and can't forget. He had this approach that coincided with his imposing size, he would roll up on you looking so serious that all you could think was, "What the hell did I do to make this giant man upset with me?!", but before you went into all out panic he would flash that classic smile and more than likely say something hilarious. That was his style. He used it in battles as well. He'd stand on stage looking like he was preparing to rip your skull off and let opponents assume that meant he was a typical bland and one-dimensional street rapper, but then when the mic hit his hand he would explode with charisma, humor, and style...but still inject just enough verbal backslaps to maintain his intimidation tactic. Essentially, he was the full package MC. 

However, he wasn't limited to just MCing. Truth be told, I don't even consider myself that well versed in all that he did, being my only connections to him were in a series of moments at Scribble Jam Events. I know he also made beats and was a talented producer. I know he hosted and promoted events. I don't know if he ever did it officially, but he certainly had some potential for stand up comedy. I definitely know he cared about the state of the scene in Cincy and he not only spoke about it in his music, but he spoke about wherever he could and to whoever would listen. Many local MCs will tell you that he was always there with encouragement, mentorship and feedback, positive or negative, it was designed to help you improve, so the overall quality of the scene would elevate. Beyond the artistic side of things, he was just good peoples and you always felt his great energy when he was around. 

Since we stopped doing Scribble Jam in 2008 I haven't seen or spoke to Skandal. But, still last night when I heard the news of his passing after losing a fight to cancer it hit me. I immediately had a small flood of memories and moments with Skandal and all of them were filled with laughs and good times. I was always happy when he was in the MC battle because I knew I would be entertained. The more I heard his music the more I was convinced he had the potential to do some bigger things. I know we spoke a few times about him sending me more of his music, but we never connected and followed through on most of those talks unfortunately. The only things I had loaded into my Itunes was his "Vigilante World" album from 2007 and his track "For The Queen" which he submitted for the 2003 Scribble Jam CD. I probably have a few other things amiss my crates and crates of CDs and demos, but haven't had time to go digging yet...

In any event, I wanted to share a few of my favorites that I had access to in order to pay homage to Skandal Da Ruckus Man! Giving out my condolences and positive energy to his family, friends, and fam... R.I.P to the great Skandal Da Ruckus Man...

CHECK HIS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE INFO AND HOW TO DONATE TO HELP HIS FAMILY!

This is the Skan I remember...


Written By Kevin Beacham...



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