When I heard R.A. The Rugged Man, 2004 debut, I thought that he was a weird mc (just look at the picture, he looks like a retard), he’s disgusting but he's dope at the same time, and I got to say that his album was surprising, and one of the best of 2004, but while listening to his stories and lines like “it used to be my name only equal bad news”, and reading that he got dropped from a ton o record labels and was fucked by the industry for 10 years, I was kinda confuse about how a dope MC like Rugged Man could have such a bad reputation…
I made a little research and I found out that his real debut album was released back in 94 called “Night of the Bloody Apes”, under the name of “Crustified Dibbs”, and I made one of my life’s objectives find that album, to post it here.
When I finally found that rarity (wich I was imagining it as a lost and forgotten masterpiece) I was mad excited, damn, it even had a Biggie featuring , until I listened to it… a few minutes after start listening to the album, I realized that it sucked so bad that I couldn’t believe that it was from the same guy who dropped “Die Rugged Die”, I mean, It wasn’t just garbage, It was what garbage wants to be when it grows up, It was the definition of “trash-made-by-a-whack- rapper-that-should-get-shot-in-the-mouth-for-making-it”, If I had a label, I wouldn’t let him record an album, dammit, I wouldn't even let him enter the building… The Album wasn’t even worth uploading. But if you want to check it anyway, here’s the link from where I downloaded.
I don’t know what he did, but right now he’s one of my favorite underground rapper, he made a guest appearance on a new Jedi Mind Tricks track, and he completely owned the album, it’s one of the best tracks of the year, no joke. Link for the JMT track.
And since I didn’t up his album because of the high level of whackness, I upped a bootleg called “Even Dwarves Started Small”, a compilation of Rugged Man’s guest appearances and miscellaneous tracks, some of them are from Soundbombing Compilations (no trash, this is the good Rugeed Man), I didn’t found any tracklist to copy and I’m too lazy to copy and paste all the names.. so let’s just say that the guestlist includes: Havoc, Mr. Eon, Smut Peddlers, Channel Live, Agallah, Craig G, Black Market Militia, J-Live, Sadat X, Akineyle, Notorious B.I.G. and as bonus, I included a track with Godfather Don and Prince Po called “Tha Hardway” and the JMT track.
And I'm requesting some songs from him that I couldn't find, if you got any of them, please, it me up.:
1993 “FOR MY NIGGAS” feat. Notorious B.I.G., Akineyl
1996 “WHO’S DAT GUY” feat. Mobb Deep
1998 “PIECE OF SHIT” feat. Tragedy Khadafi
2001 “SEPTEMBER RAP” (prod. by DJ Quik)
2004 “UNDERGROUND” (from Tony Hawks Underground)
2004 “RING KINGS” feat. Hostyle
Do you like R.A. The Rugged Man? you don't? Hit me up