RA The Rugged Man

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.

Along with his partner Rock, Sean Price (A.K.A. Ruck) dropped two impressive LP's as the duo Heltah Skeltah; their 1996 debut Nocturnal (which included the indelible "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka") and their 1998 follow-up Magnum Force. Sean is also a core member of the legendary Boot Camp Clik collective and has been a key and stand out contributor to all three of their collaborative releases; 1997's For The People, 2002's The Chosen Few and 2006's The Last Stand. Not to be outdone, Sean proved he was more then up to the task as a solo-artist as well, as he contributed one of 2005's most critically acclaimed and talked about LP's with his solo-debut Monkey Barz, which garnished multiple accolades for Sean, including; being named Source Magazine's Indie LP of the year, being placed on Urb Magazine's "Hot 100 list" inclusion in the Village Voice's yearly "Pazz And Jop" poll, 2005 Indie LP of the year from Allhiphop.com and Indie LP of the year nods from Hiphopsite.com, Hiphopdx.com, Soundslam.com, MVremix.com and Sixshot.com. The incessant clamoring and buzz for Sean's Price's sophomore solo-LP, Jesus Price Supastar, has come full-circle, as Sean released Jesus Price Supastar on 1-30-07 courtesy of Duckdown Records. Hiphop purists have long recognized and appreciated Sean's commanding delivery, powerful voice and clever verses and all of those attributes are on full-display with Jesus Price Supastar. Many of the same beat makers that helped shape Monkey Barz were back on board to craft another classic LP. Little Brother's 9th Wonder chips in five tracks and Justus League's Khrysis also returns to put his stamp on three tracks. Also, contributing production are G-Unit's Ill Mind, MoSS, Tommy Tee and PF Cuttin. While fans will have to wait a bit longer for another Heltah Skeltah LP (which is in the works), Rock joins Sean Price on "P-Body" and "Church," while BCC's core members Buckshot (who rhymes alongside Sadat X on "Da God") and Smif N Wessun's Steele also make appearances. Furthermore, Little Brother's Phonte guests on "Let It Be Known." Sean Price is not wasting any of his current momentum. Look out for his new mixtape, "Master P," in stores this summer. Sean Price is also scheduled to release an LP with Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw) entirely produced by Black Milk (Fat Beats) in 2008. The "Random Acts" are sure bring serious heat.

Locksmith is a West Coast artist/producer who first gained notoriety in the underground hip hop scene through MTV's MC Freestyle Championship. Lock, along with his group The Frontline received commercial radio play and began building a regional buzz. But it wasn't until he began his solo career in 2011, he started to cultivate a loyal fan base. Locksmith has toured with Joe Budden, hip hop purists Murs, R.A. the Rugged Man, Jedi Mindtricks and collaborated with legendary producers 9th Wonder (Stand It) and Ski Beatz(Lock). Lock has been featured on MTV, BET, Sirius XM's Shade 45, Hot 97's "Who's Next?" concert series and all major hip hop blogs. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15th, 2014.

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