RA the Rugged Man

At 18, R.A. signed with Jive Records and then in the mid-'90s signed with Priority Records/EMI. His contract was later absorbed by Capitol Records but he began recording independently in the early 2000s. He has worked with various artists including the Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, Sadat X, Akinyele, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Jedi Mind Tricks, Kool G Rap, Wu-Tang Clan, Masta Killa, Killah Priest, and producers Trackmasters, Erick Sermon, DJ Quik, Buckwild, Havoc, Alchemist, and Ayatollah. He was featured on all three of Rawkus's Soundbombing albums, as well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album, performing the theme song for Chris Jericho. In Ego Trip Vol. 1, Issue 3, the Notorious B.I.G. was quoted as saying, "I thought I was the illest," when referring to R.A.
In 2004 he released the album "Die, Rugged Man, Die" on Brooklyn based label Nature Sounds. R.A. has cameos in several music videos including Havoc from Mobb Deep's "I'm the Boss," and Sadat X's "Throw the Ball", Jedi Mind Tricks' "Heavy Metal Kings" and "Old Man" featuring Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard in one of ODB's final video appearances.
In addition to his hip hop career, R.A. wrote a monthly movie column for Mass Appeal Magazine, was a contributor to The Ego Trip Book of Rap Lists (St. Martin's Press) and Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism (HarperCollins), and has written numerous articles for other magazines including Vibe, King, Complex, Rides, and The Source.
A horror film fan, R.A. has written three screenplays with cult film director Frank Henenlotter and is writer-producer of a new Henenlotter film, Bad Biology. The film has an original score by Prince Paul, and cameos by Playboy model Jelena Jensen and Penthouse Pet Krista Ayne. R.A. is working on his directorial debut a film documentary based on his family, God Take, God Give.

All Flows Reach Out

A-F-R-O (All Flows Reach Out) is an 18-year old MC from Los Angles, CA. He first gained notoriety in 2014 for an audio submission to R.A The Rugged Man's 'Definition of a Rap Flow' contest, which quickly went viral. R.A. described the submission, saying "this kid won the contest before it even ended!" It became a platform to showcase A-F-R-O's "off the top" ability; witty word play, distinctive voice & a complexity to his rhyme schemes.

A-F-R-O quickly captured the attention of notable figures in music. Questlove is quoted as saying, "A-F-R-O is the future of Hip-Hop." Queen Latifah personally requested him to perform on her talk show. He's been invited into studio sessions with producers such as DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, Pete Rock, Prince Paul, DITC, Marco Polo & Mr. Green.

A-F-R-O has also shown that his talents extend outside the booth, as he landed a prominent role in VH1's recent show 'The Breaks.'

A-F-R-O is now prepping upcoming EPs & has a consistent tour schedule, including festival appearances at SoundSet, Splash Festival, and more.

James Lopez, better known by his stage name Big Lo (born October 9, 1982), is a Spanish-American Hip-Hop emcee and producer now residing in Pensacola, Florida. Big Lo’s music has been described as containing “a balanced number of samples to ride with his at times comical yet seriously hardcore flow.” (Duss Rodgers, The Music Biz Buzz) It has been further noted that within Big Lo’s music “realism and knowledge is delivered effortless with ever flowing cascades of fresh rhymes and cuts.” (HipHopHotSpot.com) Big Lo is best known for collaborations with underground Hip-Hop luminaries Vast Aire, Tonedeff, and Beretta 9/Kinetic 9 of Killarmy, his mixtape First Priority (2008) hosted by Shadyville/G-Unit’s DJ Epps, as well as his critically acclaimed live performances. Over the past five years Big Lo has performed all over the Southeast United States including stops in major markets including Orlando for Florida Music Festival in 2007 and 2008, Miami for Sony Music’s Krib.Tv, and Atlanta for the 2006 Revolution Break Battle. Additionally, in 2009 Big Lo rocked the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City for MEANY Fest and since has opened for Lil Kim and Nappy Roots at Pensacola’s Vinyl Music Hall. Considering Big Lo’s live performance, music critics have remarked, “Equipped with minimalist attire, the Pensacola artist fired machine-gun alliteration paired with Shakespeare- sharp depth of content that set fire throughout the venue’s performance room.” (Michael L. Smith, Take Cover and Shoot/Pensacola News Journal) Moreover, it was stated that, “He [Big Lo] had conviction in his eyes…standing out from today’s mainly commercial brand of Hip-Hop.” (Alicia Lyman, Orlando City Beat) Throughout his career Big Lo has released three studio albums (Where Am I Going?, Mindstate: Freedom, and The Plague) and has been featured on a multitude of mixtapes. Big Lo has also released videos for the songs “Come on Down” featuring DainjaRuss, “Good Music”, “More Like” featuring Tommy 2 Face, “Inception”, and “Peace is for Buddhists” featuring Inferno. He is preparing to release his fourth studio album, Magnum Opiates, in early 2013.

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