With his highly-anticipated new album All My Heroes Are Dead set for release on April 27th 2020, R.A. The Rugged Man is now unveiling the project's official tracklist. The album features a staggering number of high-profile guests, including appearances from Chuck D of Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah, Immortal Technique, Ice-T, Brand Nubian, Vinnie Paz, M.O.P., Kool G Rap, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Inspectah Deck, A-F-R-O, Chris Rivers, Onyx, Chino XL, Masta Killa, and more. "I got so many of my idols and artists who I highly respect come through for me, I’m so blessed," R.A. explains. "Some of the greatest hip-hop artists and groups of all time, all on my shit. This album is a dream for me." All My Heroes Are Dead is now available for pre-order.
As anticipation for his long-awaited new album All My Heroes Are Dead continues to build, independent hip-hop icon R.A. The Rugged Man is now debuting the latest video off the project. While the first single "Legendary Loser" was a wild ride showcasing R.A.'s outlandish personality and breathtaking lyricism, "Wondering (How To Believe)" is a completely different but equally compelling offering, demonstrating the Rugged Man's remarkable artistic range. Featuring singer David Myles, the song is a heartfelt display of vivid, powerful storytelling, addressing abuse, addiction, and loss. The official music video captures the track’s poignant content perfectly, depicting gripping narratives of troubled high school students along with R.A.’s own family tragedies. The video also features noteworthy actors James Paxton (son of Bill Paxton) and Robert Burke, a veteran of TV and movies recently seen in BlacKkKlansman. Produced by Canadian hip-hop veteran Classified, "Wondering (How To Believe)" wrestles with the harsh realities of life while championing the natural desire to persevere and maintain hope. Set for release on April 17th 2020, All My Heroes Are Dead is now available for pre-order.
After years of anticipation, R.A. The Rugged Man is announcing All My Heroes Are Dead, a new album dropping this spring. He’s also unveiling “Legendary Loser”, the first official single and music video from the album. Produced by Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, "Legendary Loser" is an empowering anthem outlining R.A.'s remarkable life story while showcasing his outlandish personality and undeniably impressive lyricism. The music video finds the Rugged Man mocking rappers of this era, transforming into an overgrown baby, driving a flying car, leading a dance troupe, and much more. Check it out now, and stay tuned for details on All My Heroes Are Dead coming soon.
R.A. The Rugged Man is back with a new episode of his podcast, The R.A. The Rugged Man Show (aka 'Ignorant Long Island Guy's Podcast’). This time, R.A. is joined by filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, known for writing and directing cult horror classics like Brain Damage and Frankenhooker. The host and guest have a history together, as they co-wrote the acclaimed 2008 film Bad Biology, which was produced by the Rugged Man and directed by Henenlotter. With R.A.'s protege A-F-R-O serving as guest host, Henenlotter recalls wild stories from New York’s 42nd Street theaters in the 1960s and 70s, displays his deep knowledge of movie history, explains some of his most memorable scenes, and praises the work of some of his favorite directors, including Jess Franco, John Huston, Otto Preminger, and more.
New York City’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art recently added Henenlotter’s iconic first feature Basket Case to it’s permanent film collection and commissioned a brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original 16mm negative. First screened at MoMA in late 2017, the restoration is now receiving a special edition Blu-ray release courtesy of Arrow Video, featuring exclusive cast interviews, new audio commentary by Henenlotter, outtakes, rare photo galleries, a collector’s booklet, and much more.