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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, Rovi
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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.
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
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
R.A is a beast
I don't want MTV runnin up in my crib, I don't want fans who don't know who G RAP is-
R.A is dope!
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
I remember all that s**t
dtomman why tf woul you put it on a public forum if u dident want it stolen?-.- its guranteed now
lol brandons gay
this deception spreads like infection
get in peoples minds change direction
empty eyes closed dead perception
you cant think speak out or question
my words steal em and ill find you
RA real wit it fasho
I inspire to be as good as Rugged man!
Saw R.A. Rugged live in tacoma Oct 2013 and I was sceptical at first but he ripped the stage and the dance floor up jumping around and rapping accurately it was epic I swear major respect bro
haha
iotos is nice as f**k
jdmb67
We bump R.A,VINNIE PAZ,ILL BILL,NECRO,S N O W G O O N S IN CALI.....
Yo m&m who? Lmao lyrical destruction fo you wack a** emcee's real talk
Dont f**k with tha DEMI- f**king-GODZ
R.A. Chicago got you.....
J.P.B.
RA reminds me of the time when everyone was yes yes y'all'n on records.. The golden age of rap. I feel sorry for you young uns who have no idea about how dope rap WAS. Before the talentless lil boozies and ASAP rockys got record deals.
There's only one rapper I could put above R.A. right now that is vinnie Paz
So glad my cousin showed me RA. The best ever. Mind blowing beats and lyrics!
Dope a** fuckkkkk
Every record label sucks diiiiick-
Robbin muthafuckkas on the daily; I wouldn't want a major deal if I rapped either-preac h brotha
str8hiphop84
Hands down mics down one of the best emcee wordplay is unbelievable
777rwilliams
Off the hooker one amazing MC
Dis fool is dope as f**k,
Alot of his songs r sick.
i like dat demigodz song "caveman"
Ft RA, too sick
R.a. One of the legends real s**t pay homage Lil ninos
Best rapper ever. He has been signed but doesn't wanna be famous or on label
In controversy I'm Eminem to the tenth degree
flow is one of a kind
Did a project with this song s**t was dope!!!
Uncommon valor one of the smoothest raps of all time
jtkombatcraz y 9 6
One of the most underrated emcees ever! Crazy flow, superb lyrics, and crazy persona. Just hear Uncommon Valor on the Jedi Mind Tricks album Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell.
Smoooooth flow, great story teller like Slik Rick, chops the flow down like a chainsaw to a fluffy a** tree!
R.A. one of the best to do it. I wish he did a track with Big L, Big Pun, Stack Bundles, and Lord Finesse. That would be dope. Hell, a compilation with Ghostface would be nice too. All Hail to real hip hop and those who know what hip hop really is.
smcghs
Quite possibly the greatest inside and outside the ring......., ,
So ill, send chills down a n**ga spine.
reed93
SUPA DUPA!!!
reed93
Port Jeff Represent. R.A has been makin it happen for over 20 years. He puts on a great live show! Check him out. buy Rugged Man Merch!
Like Cool Calm Pete w/ a bit of gansta.
nicko252008
Strong Island all day!
R A is white? I didnt know. You stupid idiots dont understand hip hop at all. F**k his color, and dont hate Mr. Mathers. R A is a legend, he has been doing music forever. He did songs with BIG before he was the great Notorious! Morons, study the game before you open your sh*t talkers!
His flow on that Jedi Mind Tricks vietnam song is rediculous
mothaf**kin flow
rosevesta
.......wow.. . . . . . H i p Hop is back. No one told me.
man if i could find some f**king mac miller that would be chill
urbandweller s
this artist is off the hooker. the better kept secret than dieman d
Supa Supa!
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