Underground MC R.A. The Rugged Man is back with an off-the-wall new video for his track “Definition of A Rap Flow,” off the recently released album Legends Never Die (Nature Sounds)
Combining the style and essence of hip-hop’s Golden Era with technically flawless new-school lyricism, “Definition Of A Rap Flow” is yet another reminder of the Rugged Man’s undeniable place in the pantheon of all-time great emcees. While taking visual swipes at Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore, R.A. reminds listeners: “I’m not just the king of New York, I’m the king of the whole game.” Legends Never Die features appearances from Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Hopsin, Vinnie Paz, Krizz Kaliko, Masta Ace, and more. Now in stores everywhere.
Fresh off directing the music video for the Talib Kweli and Raekwon collaboration “Violations”, legendary rapper R.A. The Rugged Man is back in the director’s chair for his own rambunctious and hysterical new video “Definition Of A Rap Flow”, off his latest album Legends Never Die. Among the Rugged Man’s most infectious videos to date, “Definition Of A Rap Flow” features cameos from a host of hip-hop luminaries, from legends like Grandmaster Caz, Sadat X (doing the Kid N Play kick step), Chill Rob G, Dinco D, and the Beatnuts to new-school talent like Chris Webby.
About R.A. The Rugged Man
R.A. the Rugged Man, is a rapper born and raised in Suffolk County, New York. He began his music career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. After a nine-label bidding war for his services, R.A. signed to Jive Records at age 18. Eventually R.A. and the label parted ways. His first album, Night of the Bloody Apes, was never released.
Since then, he has worked with the likes of Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, and Notorious B.I.G, as well as producers Erick Sermon, Trackmasters, DJ Quik, The Alchemist, J-Zone, and Ayatollah. He was featured on all three of Rawkus’s Soundbombing albums, as well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album. After a brief stint on Capitol Records (during which he recorded another unreleased album, American Lowlife), R.A. signed with independent label Nature Sounds and released his official debut, Die, Rugged Man, Die. In 2013, R.A. released his second album, Legends Never Die.
In addition to his hip hop career, R.A. has been active as boxing commentator, film critic and political pundit. He has contributed to Vibe, King, Complex, Rides, XXL, The Source, The Ring (magazine), and more. He wrote and produced the 2008 cult classic “Bad Biology” alongside iconic director Frank Henenlotter, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of film, particularly horror, B-movies, and classic cinema and is the host of the web series “Film School” on MTV’s Film.com. He’s been a film critic for several magazines and have interviewed Academy Award winners like William Friedkin and superstars like Scarlett Johanson, David Cronenberg, Chuck Norris, and many others. R.A. is an unbelievably knowledgable boxing commentator who has interviewed Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya, the Klitschko brothers, Roy Jones Jr, and many others. He also has written about boxing for magazine like Ring, The Source, Complex, XXL, King, etc.
R.A. comes from a family of American soldiers, and his family was affected by the use of the chemical Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, causing three of his family members (his Brother, Sister and Nephew) to be born severely handicapped and eventually lead to their death – MORE. R.A. also boasts tons of interesting and controversial political views – MORE and MORE