I am rapper R.A. The Rugged Man. My new video "Media Midgets" was released earlier today. Ask Me Anything.
My name is R.A. The Rugged Man and I am a world-renowned hip hop artist, originally from Long Island, New York. I am also a writer, filmmaker, and boxing analyst.
My new music video "Media Midgets" was released today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b04Elfud97I. The track addresses how society is brainwashed and programmed by huge government and corporate interests. This is my most ambitious, biggest, most cinematic video so far.
Ask Me Anything!!
My latest album "Legends Never Die" is now in stores everywhere. Order now at: https://ratheruggedman.net/shop/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id635723749 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BX8ML1Y/
Yeah, I'm an asshole. Telling you to STFU sounds like me. lol. Any producer ? I'm not sure. I like working with various producers on my projects.
R.A. The Rugged Man, is it true you masturbated on stage with cat's blood?
Thats the rumor. Never happened tho. lol
R.A., will you be featured on Tech N9ne's Special Effects album?
Hit him up on twitter , all he gotta do is reach out
Uncommon valor (a Vietnam story) is one of my favorite songs ever, where did you find inspiration for the lyrics? What kind of collaborations can we look forward to in the future? I'd love to see more from you and tech together, hallelujah was epic. Thanks for all the quality art you have always given to us, making music for the shepherds and not the sheep.
Uncommon Valor is the true life story of my father. I just told it how it was and that verse came to life. Easy to write.
What(where) is the most under rated hip hop scene in the world in your opinion?
Can we expect to hear you collab with AFRO on any future projects? That kid is a monster.
The first Collab with A-F-R-O is on JEDI MIND TRICKS upcoming album with VINNIE PAZ, ME and A-F-R-O produced by STOUPE.. its classic. flows outta the ass. 3 beasts. one track
Will you and Vinnie do a album together?
we've been talking about it for a decade.
My friend showed me Legends Never Die just after it was released and I thought it (and you) was amazing. I play that album a couple of times a week now. Awesome work man!
My question is which artist was your favorite to collab with? And who's an artist that you would want to work with in the future?
Masta Ace was one of my heroes coming up so getting him on Legends Never Die was classic to me. But I enjoyed working with everyone on it. Brother Ali is probably the nicest human being you'll ever meet. Just nice nice good person
Hey, thanks for doing this ama, I'm a big fan. Who do you think are the best modern rappers working today? Also, what are the best obscure horror movies you would recommend?
obscure Horror? I been doing a lot of classic German Silent Era Expressionism films again. I'm a nerd for nerd movie shit.
Loved the last album. My questions are about battle rap.
What do you think of the state of battle rap at the moment, like it hate it, watch it???
Who are some of your favourite battle rappers at the moment?
And finally, being form the UK, do you have any views on the UK battle scene?
Battle Rap is part of the culture. Thats where 90% of us came from. Golden Era you had to battle or you couldn't make a name. I dont love the screaming in your face battle rap tho. I like the accapellas to be rhythmic still and soulful.. Thats why I like Locksmith so much
Whatup fam! Regarding the supposed incident between you and Biggie where he said something along the lines of "He's the illest..." (referring to you). Can you clarify what (if anything) really happened? I've heard a dozen versions of it and also heard it was just a rumor. Either way, you really prolly are. So there's that.
Oh and here's the obligatory, "That Uncommon Valor verse changed my fucking life, yo!" (...because really, it sort of did).
Keep doin your thing. Peace.
The quote "I thought I was the Illest" is 100 percent fact. He was alive and living when he said that. He was a fan of my music and a personal friend. Any other "Version" of the story is made up or false quote
When can we expect a new project and what should we expect?
Also, I saw Sady is going to be on Worldwide Choppers 2 for Tech's album and I realized there is a pretty good chance that means we will see Em and you on a track together for the first time. Is this the case? Do you foresee any actual collabs between you two on your own music?
Nobody invited me on Worldwide Choppers. I'd love to hop on that. I'm a bit of an industry outsider. BUT i obliterate a song like that.
What's the name of that song you have where you talk about your rapper friends, and you give a huge shout out to Slug?
When are you going to do a song with Preemo?
Rugged Man! Dude, so glad I saw this AMA announced on twitter. Also love the Cosby-bathroom thing. Anyway, a couple questions:
1) Is there any interview footage of you as Crustified Dibbs? Love your YouTube shit, but the Crustified persona really intrigues me. Was wondering if you could explain a little bit about that and the whole speech/retarded thing. Also, if there are any old interviews from back then, I'd love to see them.
2) You absolutely destroy it on tracks like 3 Kingz, Renaissance, Uncommon Valor, etc., etc. On other songs, you seem to go a little slower and less focused on ridiculous rhymes. Not "softer," but just not as crazy. Is there any particular reason for this as opposed to putting out records where you just deliver non-stop in-your-face rhymes?
3) Did you ever get a chance to work with guys like Big L or Big Pun? The Biggie stories are great.
Edit: and Sam Peckinpah might just be one of the greatest videos/songs I've ever heard. You and Paz are always great.
Man, No footage of Crustified Dibbs interviews on line. I think I got a VHS tape of some shit. I had lisp my whole life growing up , they used to say I talked like I had marbles in my mouth and then it ended up compliment my style later. As I got older I was able to teach my self to almost talk like a human now. lol
Question 2) Yeah, I change up flows through out my career. I probably switched up my flows 100 different ways.. Slow, Fast, multi syllable. Old School Kurtis Blow one syllable. To Chopper super speed, to soulful party less intricate flows
How much money did you make from your various underground singles on average in the 90s (50,000 heads, till my heart stops), and were these basically your main source of money when you had that fucked up deal with Jive?
there was money bak then for that because singles sold 15K to 25K with no promo, just the name.
R.A!! Holy fuck I love you dude, I'm ditching a college class to not miss this AMA haha. You're such a cool dude for everything you've done for AFRO. Here are my questions
1: would you collaborate with immortal tech?
2: have you started on new material since the release of legends never die?
3: where's the west coast love? I'd fucking love to see you live. I'm going to see locksmith on the 14th of next month.
4: you can fuck any one celebrity that has ever lived, who it be?
1) Me and Immortal Tech will most likely doing something special for my next album. 2) Yes, I'm about 7 songs into my next album. I'm going to record 25 and use the best 17 or so. 3) West Coast just gotta book me and I show up. 4) Anita Ekberg just died so not sure if it would be my all time pick but she's on my mind. LA DOLCE VITA greatest movie of all time
Do you have any artists that you have listened to that you would say are your favorites. Like a top 5 or top 3 (any genre) ?
I'm an old school golden era baby. I like the Juice Crew. Big addy Kane, Kool G rap, Masta Ace, Tragedy Khadafi, Shan, etc… Thats all my shit.
A lot of the process of writing hip-hop has social weight attached -- whether a rapper writes their lyrics in advance, if, when, and how well they can freestyle, etc. There's an element of reputation to it. Do you find that this affects your creative process? How do you think it helps or holds back the game as a whole?
I dont fully understand the question. But HipHop is competitive. Be the best at whatever aspect you aim to do in the culture. Its a competition Freestyle, Pen game.. song making Live show all important
Yo Rugged Man, I understand you have quite a reputation for doing fucked up shit like jacking off from a balcony on people or shitting on stuff. I know you said in an interview that certain stories like you diarreahaing on a sound board are fake. Which stories are true?
man, Why would I tell it if the public dont know it. lol.
Who do you listen to?
Chubb Rock and BRand Nubian and Heavy D. lol
Have you heard of Eyedea? And if so, what do you think of his music?
Eyedea is a spitter. RIP
Thoughts on Pacquiao vs. Mayweather finally maybe potentially happening?
Who cares. old men. they needed to do that shit when they were both in their primes
Just wanted to say your flow is the sickest out there, and that verse on Uncommon Valor remains the most powerful and best I've heard in hip hop. Leads me to my question: Are you planning on doing another collaboration with Vinnie Paz or any of the JMT/AoTP crew? Cheers, peace.
I've done quite a few songs with PAZ. The last was a song and video called SAM PECKINPAH on my album LEGENDS NEVER DIE. The next will be a song with Me, Paz and A-F-R-O on the upcoming JEDI MIND TRICKS album
Let's say you've got an unlimited budget. What would be the dream hip hop show you would perform?
Man, I'd have opera singers, and break dancers, and composers, and DJ Noize on the boards, like a non stop action broadway musical but HIPHOP.. but I'm fine with just me and a microphone. Thats what I do
Who are some of your favorite new guys in the game right now? Any plan to collab with logic, joey or maybe even DOOM? any news on any future collaborations and projects? Can't wait to hear any kind of new shit from ya!
I saw Joey rock a show in Berlin recently we discussed working on something together. And me and Logic definitely gunna do something. Thats a good dude right there
Since your infamous argument with Floyd Mayweather, what do you think of him now?
Was there ever moments when recording "Luv to Fuk" you busted out laughing because of the lyrics?
I want to shoot a video with a lot of pussy running around.
Any chance of another Crustified Dibbs EP/album?
First I heard of you was that EP and it is some of the rawest hip hop I've ever heard and I'm sure a fuck load more would love some more of that gritty production with horrorcore style lyricism!!
Possibly. My next album definitely has more Crustified dibbs flavor than the last few albums.
if you do an european tour you better come to portugal... in all the live performence you saw wich one was the best? is there any rapper you would love to collaborate but never got a chance to? and who? whats your top 5 albums from 2014?
I'd like to work with REDMAN still. Or the producer TEDDY RILEY on some different shit. My favorite live performance was a show I did the day after my father passed. It was in Toronto, Canada and I was emotional and it was a smaller intimate setting and it was just crazy emotion and energy
Hi R.A, which is your favorite boxing era?
I know its a cliche but the 1970's were unbelievable
What's your top 5 albums from 10 years ago?
Hell Razah had a real dope solo album mid 2000's called rennasiance childand so did Killah Priest called the offering.
Hi, i'm a fan of yours! I really like and appreciate your music and subjects that you rap about :) 1) Do you like Asher Roth? Your opinion on him? 2) What were your influences in the beginning? Thanks for answers and keep doing great music!
I'm unfamiliar with Asher Roth music. I only know the college song. But I hear he could spit. Not sure tho.
A few random questions:
You've expressed a lot of political opinions in your songs and seem to hate both the Republicans and Democrats. What would the RA the Rugged Man Party look like?
Also, on Hell Razah you say that "The climate change is irrelevant The global warming fearmongers trying to bring in the world government." Do you actually believe that?
You always tweet about film. What are your top five movies of all time?
You also tweet a lot about how much better the Golden Era was compared to today's mainstream rap. Who do you think the wackest MC's are today?
1) I'd tell the truth and all of society would hate me for it. 2) If I said it I mean it. - B.I.G 3) I just rewatched LA DOLCE VITA for the 5th time and thats the only movie in my fucking head. Masterpiece. 4) Man, turn on your radio.
Any plans to collab with Nino Bless or K-Rino?
Both are super dope lyrical artists.
what was your favourite album of 2014? regardless of genre
I like to bang bitches to ROBIN THICKE album named PAULA. hahaaha.. Serious tho.
Hey RA, What's your favorite Cam'Ron CD?
not sure. But one of his lyrics on a DJ CLUE album he said "Back in the days they had us. whips and chains, today aint a thing change its still Whips and Chains.. that rhyme always stuck with me.
Your bio says you tour non-stop, yet your tour page is empty... whadufuq?
Yeah, My internet game is whack, I need better management.. lol.. I do tour non stop. 100 shows last show. 150 shows year before that.
what do you think about mike shinoda as a rapper?
I dont know who Mike Shinoda is. Should I check it?
Hey RA just wanted to let you know to this day your verse on uncommon valor still gives me chills down my spine, and I still argue it as one of the 5 best verses of all rap. Ok but moving on who would you say is your favorite/best underground and mainstream rappers of the past and right now? (strictly as your opinion)
So many dope artists in history my top 10 list always switches up.
Yo R.A congrats on all the success of Legends Never Die! I know you're a big movie buff so I was wondering who are some of your favourite directors of all time?
Federico Fellini Marco Ferreri John Huston too many to name
What ever happened with the track you did with hilltop hoods last year? Also, you wanna sell me a copy of Bloody Apes? it's your only wax release I'm missing.
We never did a track together. When I was at the Hilltop Hoods studio I was just kicking it with them and recorded a feature for a different project. We're talking about doing something for their next album
Hey RA, i've been a HUGE fan since 04. just curious, you have done a lot of work with various wu-tang affiliates in the past, but I dont think I have ever heard you over a RZA beat. Just curious, if you could pick one RZA beat to spit over, what would it be?
Never heard of you till your feature with jarren Benton smells like and I can say with 1000% honesty I'm a huge fan man
When I found out you were signed with B.I.G as you state in media midgets in fact it blew my mind someone as sick as you could flow like that back then
What is your next project/album?
Any other collabs you plan in working on?
And do you plan on touring any time soon?
No.. Co-signed. BIG didnt have a label. lol. I'm working on my next album but planning on doing 150 shows this year and knock out some more videos for LEGENDS NEVER DIE. Jarren is a good dude
You describe yourself as "world-renowned" but how did you get that title? Can't say I have ever heard of you. Not trying to upset you, just curious if their is some sort of certificate or belt.
I never described myself as that.. But just because you're not knowledgable of something doesn't mean its not world renowned. The world is a big place. AND I sold out concerts all over the world in 100's of cities so whoever described me as that is correct
If you could pick any producer, dead or alive, who would you like to have a collaboration project with? I'd kill for a Statik Selektah/R.A. The Rugged man album. Also, not sure if you remember, but you came and did a set in a shitty dive bar in my city awhile ago and when you started doing your verse from Uncommon Valor I started rappin it with you pretty loud and you had to stop and tell me to shut the fuck up. That might have been one of the greatest moments in my life so thanks for that.
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