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R.A. The Rugged Man

Mixing Twista's speed, De La Soul's D.A.I.S.Y. Age attitude, and the modern swagger of the Tech N9ne-driven underground, rapper R.A. the Rugged Man is a favorite guest star for the likes of Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, and Notorious B.I.G., but his own discography is surprisingly slim. One reason could be that in the early '90s, the then-18- year-old Long Island rapper signed with Jive, but he parted ways with the label before his debut album was released. Signing with Priority in the mid-'90s and then having that contract absorbed by Capitol just delayed his come-up, so in 2004, he went the indie route and released Die, Rugged Man, Die on Nature Sounds. In 2009 the compilation Legendary Classics, Vol. 1 rounded up his collaborative releases with names like the Notorious B.I.G., Jedi Mind Tricks, and Sadat X all landing on the track list. Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, and Masta Ace were some of the names that joined R.A. on his 2013 sophomore release Legends Never Die. ~ David Jeffries
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Legends Never Die

1. Still Diggin Wit Buck (Legends Intro)

2. The People's Champ

3. Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)

4. Learn Truth

5. Bang Boogie

6. Tom Thum

7. Holla-Loo-Yuh

8. Media Midgets

9. Shoot Me In The Head

10. Legends Never Die (Daddy's Halo)

11. The Dangerous Three

12. Luv To F**k

13. Underground Hits

14. Laugh, Clown, Laugh

15. Sam Peckinpah

16. Shuko Outro

17. Stil Get Through The Day

18. Make You Famous

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Track List: Legendary Classics Vol.1 (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Give It Up

2. Supa

3. Renaissance 2.0

4. Windows Of The World

5. Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story

6. Whos Dat Guy

7. L.I.'s Finest

8. Stanley Kubrick

9. C**t Renaissance

10. 3 Kingz

11. Smithhaven Mall

12. Posse Cut

13. What The F**k

14. Poor People

15. 50,000 Heads

16. Effin' Yo' B**ch

17. Every Record Label Sucks Dick

Disc 2
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Track List: Die, Rugged Man, Die

1. Lessons...

2. Casanova (Fly Guy)

3. A Star Is Born

4. Chains

5. Dumb

6. On The Block

7. How Low

8. Mitch Blood Green (Interlude)

9. Midnight Thud

10. Black And White

11. Brawl

12. Die, Rugged Man, Die

13. Pick My Gun Up (Skit)

14. Da' Girlz, They Luv Me

15. Make Luv Outro

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R.A & Vinnie no joke 2 of the dopest RAPPER in da game hands down.....215
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R.A. is a hella dope MC who totally is sleeped on by the masses. More Real Hiphop! His first album is so ill, check it out!
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Cut me off....ridcu l o u s . If y'all dbags knew some of the s**t your favorite artists listened to and were inspired by it would blow your f**kin minds and you would have to take a deep look at amd reevaluate your entire lives.
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And what's with the f**kin Eminem bashing? Motherf**ker s are funny AF. Go to the comments of any artist like this (R.A., Vinnie, Ill Bill, Apathy, etc) and there's gonna inevitably, with out a doubt be at least a handful of bozos who claim said artist is the greatest ever, only listen to "underground " , people don't know what real hip hop is and then at the end of their tirade through a random f**k lil Wayne or drake or Eminem in there lol. There are so many flaws with all of that thinking it's r
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Thank God someone already addressed it but its so ridiculous it needs mentioning again. R.A. one of the "few" the make it from L.I.? Lol chuck d and public enemy, Rakim, dela soul, ePmD, keith Murray ALL hail from strong island. And all them dudes are LEGENDARY HOF caliber rappers. Wtf bro? Y'all motherf**ker s do realize hip hop didn't start in the 90's right? Oh but homie who addressed it said WU was from L.I. too but they from Staten Island.
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Hey yo a8p119, what makes you think R.A. isn't exactly where he "wants to be"? Dudes been in the game for over 20 years had had and walked away from major label deals and turned them down again. That's what heads don't get; cats like R.A. and Vinnie and Ill Bill and Apathy CHOOSE to be independent. There's a huge difference between underground and independent. And lol at moving to Seattle to get on in the rap industry.
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Beastly
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God bless all our men and women serving in our military. This rhyme is sick AF
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Rittz ,em, r.a.
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RA puts on such a dope live show- gotta check him out if he's slides thru your town- dude does several songs from the crowd, chills wit fools after the show at the merch table
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Sick af
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Real hip hop! F**ot rapper!!!!
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Nice
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his voice tho.... love that lil lisp
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He is my current favorite rapper. Saying Joe Biden is a racist, being pro gun and pro choice... I like this guy.
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Hey R.A. is good, way better than Eminem but no need to disrespect Eminem in a disgusting way.
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sanelkrzalic
Holly s**t am I glad I stumbled up on this
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Man- why all the hate for em? I agree RA a way doper MC, I prefer underground, b u t em ain't no slouch. Far from it
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Eminem sucks R.A.'s dick
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Them yellow men wearing black pajamas, the wanna harm us
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I grew up in the same area as this guy
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We about to. Spaz RA and vinny paz
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Yet another blazing hot underrated dude dats been killin it 4 years.. my n**ga R
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I'm a piece of s.h.i.t I'm a f.u.c.k.i.n. g fat f.u.c.k. shoot me in the head,shoot me in the head.
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Still Get Through The Day.
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Been listenin to RA since his song wit BIG. One a the best mcs no doubt n so underated for so long but he has always wanted it that way. Lyrics are always real n hit hard n he always puts on a slammin show no matter how big the crowd... I deejayed a show way back in the day that RA showed up at and had the pleasure of spinnin his beats for him it was one a my proudest moments as a dj but the best thing was was that there was no more then 30 heads there n he still showed n still put on a show lik
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Tabitha- some of the illest MC's EVER come from LI NY- RAKIM, Chuck D, most of wutang, leaders of the new school (busta rhymes) ,EPMD, MF doom, Craig Mack, Keith Murray.
Learn the history of your cities music scene before jumpin up online and talkin out the side of yo neck. You should be ashamed of yo self .
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He almost kept up but a sick opening s**t
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Did I just read that someone said r.a. is top 5 mcs to ever live? Y'all fd up! Wow, maybe top 500 if lucky...
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And I've been listening to RA for 15 years so I'm not new to his material...h e ' s a DECENT emcee...puts on a good live show. But I saw B.C.C., O.G.C. and they tore it DOWN! So did the Wu-Tang Clan. But if ur talking about strictly lyrics and flow, AZ, Ill Bill, Nas, Bloodshed, damn...even eminem is better! Just my opinion!
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RA's verse on Uncommon Valor is ons of the greatest. But u can't base an emcees talent off of one verse. A lot of his stuff is less then mediocre. Ill Bill, AZ, Nas, Vinnie Paz ...all better lyricists then RA. RA is good but DEFINITELY NOT the greatest...a n d Im from Long Island but just because he's one of the few LI rappers to somewhat make it...im not gonna make him out to be better then he is
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I almost beat him up 4 no reason on Long Island lol but he is ill matic
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RA is a beast
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Mean lyrics man
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unbeatable live show last time he was in town
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xO
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R.A. is one of the illest underrated m.c. ever!!!!
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On the Block.
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Sam Peckinpah.
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R.a. verse is a true story its about his dad.... much respect
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sounds legendary, to me. :)!
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RA is easily in the top 5 of best MCs to ever live
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RA is hands down the best underground lyricist out there- dude a lyrical genius- tech and Vinnie are both ill MC's, but to say either is better then RA is blasphemy. Check out his verse on uncommon valor; many say that's the verse of the decade, mAybe of all time.
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Damn I never heard of this guy until I was looking at Immortal techniques page and clicked on jedi mind tricks page and then saw him so I decided to check him out though I don't think he's as good as those other guys he's not that bad of a rapper
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Best Rapper EVER. saw this dude and his Show was INCREDIBLE. in definition of a rap flow he hit me in the face when he said "Pie in the face" haha. I show lotta respect for the Legendary Crusty Rugged Man
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R.A is a beast
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I don't want MTV runnin up in my crib, I don't want fans who don't know who G RAP is-
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R.A is dope!
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Saw RA last month- dude rocked it old school style. Did two songs from the crowd! also did the fan thing afterwards, signed for fools and took flicks; you kno I got me a bboy stance flick with dude- I felt blessed, in the presence of one of the best MC's ever!!! Fuckk anyone who doesn't agree, real heads know about this dude and have for years
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I remember all that s**t
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