R.A The Rugged Man is back with a music video for the heartfelt anthem “First Born”, dedicated to his young daughter. Known for hard-edged lyrical pyrotechnics, the Rugged Man displays impressive artistic range on his latest single, taken from the acclaimed album All My Heroes Are Dead. Featuring vocals from Grammy-winning artist Novel, “First Born” is among R.A.’s most personal songs to date, a moving reflection on the transformative power of fatherhood and the deep bonds between parent and child.
After a yearlong pandemic-imposed hiatus, R.A. The Rugged Man is also back on the road. After an initial run of dates this spring, R.A. is now bringing the All My Heroes Are DeadTour to 25 new cities across the United States, with support from A-F-R-O and Reverie. Order tickets now and catch the Rugged Man performing his latest masterpiece on a stage near you.
R.A. The Rugged Man and Atmosphere are two of the most important names in underground hip-hop history, defying the odds to thrive for decades in the ever-changing rap landscape. Now, R.A. The Rugged Man and Slug of Atmosphere are debuting the official video for their historic collaboration "Golden Oldies", off the Rugged Man's album All My Heroes Are Dead. Featuring a hook by famed singer Eamon, the track is a feel-good trip down memory lane from two legendary emcees reflecting on the changing times. The hilarious music video finds R.A. and Slug traveling to decades past, with actress Ruby Modine (Shameless, Happy Death Day) guest starring.
As 2020 winds down, R.A. The Rugged Man's stellar collection All My Heroes Are Dead remains a strong contender for the best hip-hop album of the year. Now, the Rugged Man is back with another striking video off the album, this time for the throwback anthem "E.K.N.Y. (Ed Koch New York)". Featuring lyrical swordsman Inspectah Deck of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan and a hook from Wu affiliate Timbo King, "E.K.N.Y." is a compelling tribute to 1980s New York City, painting a vivid picture of the seedy environment that prevailed under former mayor Ed Koch.
Bonus: check out alternate video for the "B.K.N.Y. Mix" of the track, which features a new verse from Wu affiliate Timbo King.
In recent years, underground hip-hop legend R.A. The Rugged Man has surprised fans by rhyming on mainstream hits from artists like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion, proving his awe-inspiring lyricism knows no boundaries. Now, R.A. is back with another remix, and this time it's the much-discussed single "Montero" from Lil Nas X getting the Rugged Man treatment. The chaotic track finds R.A. denouncing the Satanic Panic that's arisen around "Montero", calling out the true evil that goes unaddressed, and generally wreaking havoc with expertly crafted flows.