Are West Coast rappers better than NYC rappers today? Is Drake the GOAT? DubCNN recently caught up with R.A. The Rugged Man just before he hit the stage at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles. R.A. gives his thoughts on a number of topics, including the current state of HipHop on both coasts.
As a founding member of The Roots, Phildelphia emcee Malik B has been responsible for countless classic moments in hip-hop history. Now, he is joining forces with prolific producer Mr. Green for the historic collaborative project Unpredictable. With the album set to hit stores tomorrow, the duo is dropping off the new track “Dark Streets”, featuring guest vocals from legendary rapper R.A. The Rugged Man and Danish singer Amalie Bruun. Unpredictable is now availalbe on iTunes, Amazon, or UGHH.
With his new album Legends Never Die in stores now, R.A. The Rugged Man is back in the spotlight, and a number of prominent peers have been singing his praises. Most recently, Strange Music don Tech N9ne sat down to reflect on the Rugged Man’s otherworldly lyrical skills and the success of the R.A./Tech collaboration “Holla-Loo-Yuh” off Legends Never Die. “A lot of people can’t even handle his lyricism,” says Tech. “Listen to his verse on ‘Holla-Loo-Yuh.’ He just murdered it. He’s the type of MC who says, ‘I can do this and you can’t’.”
R.A. The Rugged Man‘s upcoming album Legends Never Die includes some of the most anticipated collaborations of the legendary rapper’s career, including “The Dangerous Three” featuring Brother Ali and Masta Ace. In a new video, producer Mr. Green puts together the beat for “The Dangerous Three,” and R.A. takes fans inside the studio session for the recording of the track.
A few days after his historic R.A. The Rugged Man collaboration “Learn Truth” hit the internet, Talib Kweli is offering a little more insight on the relationship between the two underground hip-hop icons and former Rawkus labelmates. In a new interview, Kweli unexpectedly compares R.A. to Kanye West, speaking on the Rugged Man’s versatility, his influential legacy, and the lessons he’s taught Kweli. In addition, “Learn Truth” producer Mr. Green speaks on R.A.’s feared status, even among the top rung of today’s emcees (Black Thought of The Roots included).