R.A. The Rugged Man

Taking matters into his own hands, R.A. pioneered the truly independent indie-rap hustle, pressing his own vinyl singles and racking up one of the most impressive resumes in Rap history. From Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep to Biggie and Kool G. Rap, not to mention productions from Erick SermonDJ Quik and The Alchemist, his discography reads like a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. The Rugged Man has also been championed by critics for his show-stealing work on the three Rawkus Soundbombing collections, as well as contributing “Break the Walls Down” to the Platinum selling WWF Aggressioncompilation. 

Many of these classics were later released and remastered on both his 2004 debut Die Rugged Man, Die! and his 2009 Legendary Classics compilation. Legendary Classicsincluded “Uncommon Valor”, his collaboration with Jedi Mind Tricks that earned R.A.the prestigious “Hip-Hop Quotable” by The Source magazine. R.A. has also been acclaimed for his non-rap writing, regularly contributing to Vibe, Complex and Mass Appeal magazine as well as landing a book deal with Testify books. R.A. is also the screenwriter and producer of the cult film Bad Biology and is working on his directorial debut; a documentary based on the life of his father Staff Sgt. John A Thorburn.

Now, the onetime outcast has improbably outlasted nearly all of his peers.  Having been banned, forgotten, blackballed, and left for dead, the Rugged Man has somehow emerged with a thriving career, a nonstop touring schedule, a die-hard fan base, and the recently-released Legends Never Die, one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop albums in years.  Featuring A-list guests like Tech N9neHopsinTalib KweliBrother AliKrizz KalikoVinnie PazMasta AceSadat XEamon, and more, Legends Never Die is being touted as a classic worldwide, balancing technically brilliant lyricism with raw honesty and head-nodding production.