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Though he never really got much mainstream recognition, RA the Rugged Man is an underground icon, known mostly for his over-the-top dirtbag style and a extended history of urban-legend exploits. Kind of like a white ODB or a proto-Eminem, his rhymes, flow, and overall appearance are centered primarily on what a crazy screw-up he is. But there's more to it than that. In spite of his homeless-guy fashion sense and sordid reputation, he's actually a great MC, very adept at constructing complicated, multi-layered verses that are simultaneously funny, disturbing, and smart. This collection, released by NY-centric indie Nature Sounds, compiles 17 tracks from his solo releases as well as collaborations with a wide variety of acts, stretching all the way back to the early ‘90s. They're not all spectacular, but the good ones are definitely top-shelf. Don't miss the riveting "Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story," featuring Jedi Mind Tricks, "Who's Dat Guy" with Havoc, and the self-explanatory music- industry expose "Every Record Label Sucks D**k."

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Real mc

Ra's verse on Jedi minds uncommon valor a Vietnam story is one of the sickest verses I have ever heard true story telling hip hop I stay listening to it

Long live the crustified dibbs

Yo r.a. Is definitely one of the illest lyricist I've ever heard, that's real. He's going platinum, quadruple and big time.

this man is a beast

this cd was impossible to get on the release date. i know almost all the songs. im waiting for it to come in the mail


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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