R. A . THE RUGGED MAN@ OTTOBAR MAY 24TH


Few artists are ever as controversial as they are influential. New York legend R.A. the Rugged Man has lived up to such a moniker by simultaneously inspiring generations of rappers while being banned from every major record label’s offices and even barred from performing during the late-90s underground explosion. But by combining the authenticity of his undeniably rugged life with his undisputed mic skills and understanding of the genre as a Hip-Hop historian, his music has both survived and thrived off the strength of bootlegs and word of mouth through high profile collaborations and high quality official releases, setting a standard for “Real MCs” that few have ever attempted to match. Collaborator The Notorious B.I.G. was once quoted in reference to R.A. by stating “And I thought I was the illest.”

ALSO PERFORMING: A-F-R-O, RAFF ALPHA, MC BRAVADO, NASA8, ULLNEVANO, ASHLEY SIERRA

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