info : 03/2006


The Long Island rapper finally reveals his long awaited debut album on Nature Sounds.

Banned from performing live in most of the United States from 1995 to 1998, banned from recording studios and damn near every rap label that ever existed, R.A. the Rugged Man is finally back for revenge. While most rappers live in a world of fantasy, R.A. is one of the few MC's that you can guarantee his rhymes are real life - as sick as it might sound. When asked about R.A., Biggie Smalls was once quoted as saying "I thought I was the illest."

Coming from a broken Long Island home, R.A.'s father was a gun toting Vietnam veteran/mental patient affected by Agent Orange. His family was forever changed by the potent chemical - his brother Maxx was born handicapped and blind, eventually dying at the age of 10, while his sister Dee Ann couldn't walk or speak. R.A. took refuge in hip hop, beginning his rap career at the age of 12, developing a style that killed all competitors citywide.

After conquering the New York battle scene as a teenager, stories of his ruthless rhymes and outrageous stage presence had the recording companies at attention, and soon R.A. was the subject of a nine label bidding war. At 18, he signed to Jive Records, but eventually was dropped for the violent, disgusting, and irresponsible behavior that would haunt him throughout his career.

Despite a notorious reputation for pissing off executives, R.A. developed a musical resume over the next 10 years that speaks for itself. Working with everyone from Mobb Deep to Notorious B.I.G, as well as producers such as Erick Sermon, Trackmasters, DJ Quick, Alchemist, Havoc, Buckwild, and Ayatolah. He was featured on all three of Rawkus's Soundbombing albums alongside Eminem and Mos Def, as well as the platnium selling WWF Aggression album. He recently signed a book deal with Testify Books, and his writing appears regularly in Vibe, King, Mass Appeal, and Rides. R.A. has accomplished all this without ever releasing an LP of his own.

Rolling Stone Magazine recently compared R.A.'s rap flow to that of a blue-eyed Biggie Smalls. When reviewing his song "On the Block", Vibe Magazine said, "I love this song. It give me goosebumps. It's very inventive." Now things seem to be going R.A.'s way and his music is beginning to recieve heavy praise by critics and fans worldwide.

With the release of the album "DIE, RUGGED MAN, DIE", (13 new songs featuring Killah Priest and Wu-Tang Clan's Masta Killa) his fans will finally get to see R.A.'s real-life struggles through his notoriously demented world view. It's a long overdue chance to prove himself, not only for his outrageous antics, but also for a musical and lyrical genius that until now has been overshadowed by controversy and fear in the industry. With lyrics as hard as rocks and stories to make your jaw drop, "DIE, RUGGED MAN, DIE" will be released on Nature Sounds - unless R.A. fucks up and gets dropped by them too.