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R.A. The Rugged Man: Legends Never Die

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Few artists are ever as controversial as they are influential. New York legend R.A. The Rugged Man has lived up to this billing by combining the authenticity of his undeniably rugged life with his undisputed mic skills. Now, two decades after his career began, R.A. has improbably outlasted nearly all of his peers. Having been banned, forgotten, blackballed, and left for dead, the Rugged Man has somehow emerged in 2013 with a thriving career, a nonstop touring schedule, a die-hard fan base, and a new album that is sure to solidify his place as one of the most important figures in underground hip-hop. Featuring A-list guests like Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Krizz Kaliko, Vinnie Paz, Masta Ace, Sadat X, Eamon, and more, Legends Never Die is not only a celebration of R.A.'s illustrious career, but an exciting look at what's still to come. "Honestly, I feel like this is only the beginning," says R.A. "The only reason I live is to be the best at what I do and I get better at it every day of my life. I can't wait to unleash it to the world."

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1. Still Diggin Wit Buck (Legends Intro)
Producer: Buckwild (of D.I.T.C.)
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2. The People's Champ
Producer: Apathy (of Demigodz & Army Of The Pharaohs)
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3. Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)
featuring Amalie Bruun
Producers: Dev-1; Marc Niles
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4. Learn Truth
featuring Talib Kweli (of Black Star + Reflection Eternal)
Producer: Mr. Green
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5. Bang Boogie
Producer: Jussi Jaakola
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6. Tom Thum
Producer: Will Tell
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7. Holla-Loo-Yuh
featuring Tech N9Ne (Tech Nine); Krizz Kaliko
Producer: C-Lance
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8. Media Midgets
Producer: Buckwild (of D.I.T.C.)
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9. Shoot Me In The Head
Producer: Marco Polo
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10. Legends Never Die (Daddy's Halo)
Producer: Mr. Green
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11. The Dangerous Three
featuring Brother Ali; Masta Ace
Producer: Mr. Green
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12. Luv To Fuck
featuring Eamon
Producer: Shuko
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13. Underground Hits
featuring Hopsin
Producer: Will Tell
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14. Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Producer: Vherbal
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15. Sam Peckinpah
featuring Vinnie Paz (of Jedi Mind Tricks); Sadat X (of Brand Nubian)
Producer: C-Lance
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16. Shuko Outro
Producer: Shuko
17. Still Get Through The Day
featuring Eamon
Producer: Ayatollah
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18. Make You Famous (Bonus)
featuring Block McCloud (of Brooklyn Academy)
Producer: Vherbal
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Total Comments: 103
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/1/2014 10:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .194.17.62)
Location: MA
Comment: R.A. got lyrics!! for real, but them guest features is what brings this release down unfortunately. Vinnie Paz is and always will be straight up wack and everything he touches he ruins, Tech N9NE got some skills (yes, only some, nothing out the ordinary) but he ain't stand out on this much either, that Eamon clown is a joke, and the Masta Ace cameo is one of the most wasteful features in recent times. The mighty have fallen SO HARD! Just awful, but R.A. goes harder than ever on this effort and it shows he was trying his best! Good effort at trying to keep hip hop culture alive! Somebody has to.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/3/2014 4:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 120.247.85)
Location: Istanbul
Comment: Production is ignorantly wack, RA the rugged man is an admitted super talent but could've come with much better style, that's for sure.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/5/2014 6:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 188.203.35)
Location: Chch, NZ
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/21/2014 11:42:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: RA got maaaad lyrics, beats are ok , trust me if Eminem rapped over these beats this bitch would go double platinum, just goes to show you how brainwashed people are!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/20/2014 10:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 19.197.184)
Location: southie mf
Comment: this is deffint r.a the rugged mans best project so far but his uncommon vallor track w vinnie paz it dope as shit, this album shows his love for his family along with lyrical skill unserpassed by few,, great album,,,a must own
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/13/2014 5:40:00 PM; Partial IP: .79.25.112)
Location: Northsyde
Comment: good lyrcis but lacking production. I don't think it was lacking a budget more just bad beat selection needs more futuristic flavors in my opinion but a classic nonetheless
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/9/2014 3:02:00 PM; Partial IP: 167.214.28)
Location: Praha
Comment: straight fire, thank you Mr. Rugged Man! You burn them and they scream! You are a real soldier in the game!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/25/2013 11:38:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: bournemouth uk/ilawa pl
Comment: always but...but it is rap music ..people must take distance .honestly am glad rap music still exist..reall for reallll
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/12/2013 10:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 249.52.109)
Location: U.K.
Comment: Lyrically on point but some tracks need working on as well the production.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/21/2013 10:44:00 AM; Partial IP: .30.115.71)
Location: NY
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/23/2013 9:46:00 PM; Partial IP: .15.58.170)
Location: US
Comment: forget the haters this album is sick. better than some lame ass j cole or drake stuff
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/1/2013 10:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 30.201.160)
Location: albuquerque, united states
Comment: Hip Hop Heathen said it best. That said this album goes hard. The lyrics and the production are on point. Anyone giving this album 1 star obviously doesn't understand Hip Hop...just sayn';)
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/9/2013 3:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 185.105.67)
Location: Belgrade,SERBIA
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/19/2013 1:53:00 AM; Partial IP: 253.166.42)
Location: Philly
Comment: Um...Yeah. If u didnt like this might be retarded. I'm not even that huge a fan of Rugged Man...liked only a handful of his songs over the years...but this album is fuckin nasty. Dangerous Three = Lights Out.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/18/2013 9:50:00 AM; Partial IP: .13.34.135)
Location: Omaha, Nebreezy
Comment: Best album of the year so far.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 6/17/2013 1:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 158.68.252)
Location: uk
Comment: the production is crap
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/16/2013 12:51:00 AM; Partial IP: .33.48.152)
Location: nowhere
Comment: You haven't even listened to the album, and your not going to buy the album because of how the cover looks like. well obviously you dont know shit about Rugged man... so i'm here to in form you that you sir are the douchebag
Name: (Posted: 6/15/2013 2:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 136.109.95)
Location: NY
Comment: I cant buy this album just based on the cover alone---he looks like a total douchebag...
Name: (Posted: 6/15/2013 6:55:00 AM; Partial IP: 132.41.161)
Location: Butt
Comment: The production ruined this album. I hate every single track on it. The type of album that makes me want to roll up the windows so nobody hears me listening to it.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/14/2013 9:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 91.159.226)
Location: Cerulean City
Comment: Great album but the tracks with the classical samples are fall pretty flat. Why use such well known samples in such a predictable way? The Buckwild intro should have been a full song! Don't tell me Mr. Rugged could only afford 30 seconds of that Shuko beat. I agree with DEF DINGO "Legends Never Die (daddys halo) is the wackest beat on the planet." LOLS. Other than that, Great effort! Oh yeah and by the way, Hopsin sucks Gazelle dick.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/12/2013 5:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 12.232.226)
Location: Everywhere
Comment: ehhh, it's cool, people will like it but for me the lyrics ain't my cup of tea
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/10/2013 6:49:00 AM; Partial IP: .16.229.96)
Location: Greece
Comment: Whatever beat is playing on R.A. The Rugged Man his rhymes flowing dope and fastest as hell. Thumbs Up
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 6/6/2013 5:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 101.16.122)
Location: bean town
Comment: his name should be mr off beat!!!!!!!!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/30/2013 9:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.40.36)
Location: Nyc
Comment: Too bad I don't care what y'all feel. Yeah, RA flow is fast & long BUT so was so many 90s rappers from Chip-Fu, Chubb Rock, to Twista, Aesop Rock, to 5th Ward Juveniles, Spice-1, Do or Die, & so on! The hooks were corny as all hell. The lyrics were all either bio or just on the simple battle tip. NOT impressed. Please, try again!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/30/2013 8:56:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: mv
Comment: classic album thats all I gota say peace
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/22/2013 10:40:00 AM; Partial IP: 04.155.252)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Comment: Never been a huge R.A. fan but I totally understand the hype over LND. Beats and rhymes are insane!!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/21/2013 11:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.154.115)
Location: Eastern NC
Comment: R.A. the Rugged Man is goddamn insane on the mic. The only thing keeping this from getting 5 stars is some suspect hooks and a few less than stellar beats. From a lyrical standpoint though, nobody is fuckin with this dude.
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 5/20/2013 10:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .69.176.50)
Location: Boston, MA
Comment: Just finished watching Mad Men that originally aired on 5/11/13 and the very last song they played is the original song sampled for "Defintiion of A Rap Flow Albee 3000"! Maybe the producers of that show heard this album and liked it so much, they thought it would be a good idea to include it.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/20/2013 5:29:00 AM; Partial IP: 166.139.26)
Location: cal
Comment: Man some of those choruses are just awful. The opera would be cool if he didn't have them saying dumb ass shit. R.A. Is sick and the beats are great (besides laugh clown, laugh and a few othersbut come on.
Name: (Posted: 5/19/2013 8:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 202.132.73)
Location: CALI
Comment: Defintiion of A Rap Flow Albee 3000 and that rap style is that Golden Era flava! and also referencing Biz Markie's 'Albee Square Mall' off of the 1988 album Goin off produced by Marly Marl look that up, but ive never been there... I mean the actual mall in Brooklyn. "Go Shoppin" Oh and ah... to add to that, that sample for Definition of a Rap Flow comes from a husband and wife duo named Friend & Lover song titled 'Reach Out of The Darkness' look that up. and that bass line is just too contagious.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/18/2013 9:46:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: western mass
Comment: i can either order this or a new cellphone. wtf do yall think im gonna choose? obviously...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/14/2013 10:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 36.232.115)
Location: Toronto
Comment: One of the best rap albums ever. Sound sick in my system. RA The mother fuckin Rugged man.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/14/2013 7:44:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: @Bandido.Holy cow you must have some serious carpal tunnel,Btw album's okay some of the opera shit got a little repetitive.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/14/2013 5:24:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Washington DC
Comment: I personally find the use of opera and classical samples here to be hilarious. If you're a fan of classic hardcore punchline driven rap, this will light up your eyes (specifically from the 90s era). I would recommend this to old school Redman and Big Pun fans, particularly. The song "Legends Never Die" is more introspective than anything Redman has done, however (and a rare tribute to a father in hip-hop). Samples are used creatively, with a lot of chopping and "stabs". I've only listened to a few songs so far, but Ra shows he's a strong lyricist with good delivery on this record.
Name: (Posted: 5/12/2013 5:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 128.26.156)
Location: BOSTON
Comment: Legends Never Die (daddys halo) is the wackest beat on the planet
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/12/2013 12:39:00 AM; Partial IP: .38.145.47)
Location: Long Beach CA USA
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2013 1:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 251.20.230)
Location: Underground
Comment: production isnt that bad, but it could have been a little darker, kyo itachi would have been some solid stuff along with mr green and c-lance.and a couple of added features like celph titled and Juxx or some Milez Grimez would have took it to another level,but it is what it is Ra is one of the best MCs,and at the end of the day you rate an album for talent on the mic,but beats are neverless very important these days especially with all the dope production that been comin out from Albums like Acid & Vicious-Al tarba vs Lord Lhus.Dirt Platoon war faces etc. if only tracks like bang bang boogie with that twin peeks vibe kept rotating shit would have been crazy. still worth every penny.peace
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2013 8:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 45.172.118)
Location: Brooklyn
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2013 7:56:00 AM; Partial IP: 193.93.158)
Location: Canada. Brockvegas
Comment: Wow... Fresh as fuck!! No time to hate.. Makin' records for the Sheppard's and not for sheep.. bam Dope!!!
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2013 1:46:00 AM; Partial IP: 250.207.86)
Location: Here
Comment: a joke these chorus opera in many tracks, I give 2 stards for Rugged rhymes.. Dammm pls relaunch the album without that shit opera sounds
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2013 2:17:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Method mans moms house
Comment: Ra killed it with his rhyme skills but the chorus,s and all that opera singing is stupid and has ruined the album.
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2013 9:18:00 AM; Partial IP: .91.31.129)
Location: Israel
Comment: @Jay-Good question.Clearly you're not simple minded like the average american. If you were to ask him he'd probably dance around the question, or just outright deny it altogether...smfh
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2013 9:13:00 PM; Partial IP: .33.166.48)
Location: Melburn australia
Comment: maybe there's a different motivation here? whats with the masonic pose on the album cover?
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2013 6:52:00 PM; Partial IP: .210.34.42)
Location: London, UK
Comment: Only his 2nd official album not including his Crustified Dibbs debut back in the 90's. Die Rugged Man Die was a small glimpse into this MC's greatness. Man this follow up which is 9 years later is an absolute gem of an album. R.A. for me is one of the greatest MC's, period!!! I think he's been around so long that it'd be a hard task to drop an undisputed classic but that's not because of him or the beats, it's just how it goes. I know R.A. is not lookin for that classic anyway, he just real where he will always drop quality whenever and wherever and keep real hip hop going strong and that is more than enough for me than a classic album. Keep it coming Ruggs, this album is BEAST!!!!
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2013 3:44:00 PM; Partial IP: .91.31.129)
Location: Israel
Comment: RA is not some wannabe wigger poser for you dummies that don't know history. His father is scottish and sicilian. There's a reason they're considered the n*ggerS of europe, along with many Irish. Reading is fundamental.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2013 9:14:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Hbg, Upt, Pa
Comment: Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)" is a Classic Hands Down!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2013 7:59:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: vt
Comment: Shit is crazy, grab it up kids
Name: (Posted: 5/6/2013 10:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 79.172.244)
Location: MD
Comment: NO Stars. I wouldn't even torrent this shyt.
Name: (Posted: 5/5/2013 2:33:00 AM; Partial IP: 99.251.200)
Location: NYNY
Comment: Why is the UGHH staff playing the role of dick rider for a mediocre album by a dope artist? I've listened to this album, every track several times and the beats and hooks are corny as fuck, and the fucking opera singing hooks are absolutely ridiculous. RA is sick, but this album is actually a little embarassing to play in front of other people.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/3/2013 10:11:00 PM; Partial IP: .25.66.230)
Location: Co
Comment: Amazing! That's all I can say. Favorite track "shoot me in the head" Marco goes hard as usuall. Amazing year for real hip-hop so far! Oh and tech n9ne is not garbage he is also a legend with a murderous flow.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/3/2013 8:23:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: dA bUrG, FL to ChiTown
Comment: This album is pure RAWNESS!!! This shit BANGS from start to finish. I only had one problem with this album which I didn't care for and that is tech n9ne, krizz kaliko and hopsin. Them dudes don't belong on this HISTORICAL album. tech n9ne is straight up GARBAGE!! dude ain't saying anything. Yo Vherbal your beats bang homie. Keep that FIYAH coming..Mr. Green shines the most on here. I wish he could do a full album with R.A. That would be DOPE!! Everyone cop this album now and support the real. RAWRAP
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/3/2013 7:21:00 PM; Partial IP: .53.144.42)
Location: Midwest, US
Comment: was honored to be a part of this album, seriously a top five album to me all time. the most impressive array of verses I think I have ever seen packed into on album. seriously this is 10/10 no lie wow. im pretty sure the weakest part is my beats I made 6 years ago but hey ra still killed this so what does it matter lol
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 5/3/2013 1:48:00 PM; Partial IP: .119.89.28)
Location: UGHH World HQ
Comment: EVEN talib sounds good on this album :)
5 Stars
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 5/3/2013 12:31:00 PM; Partial IP: .119.89.28)
Location: Boston, MA
Comment: "Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)" - Holy shit this song literally gave me goose bumps. Dayum!!! Wow. Great. I literally have tears it's so hot. Rarely happens to me but it's what happens when I have a musical orgasm. Yeah! Besides that song, just about every other track is excellent. R.A. is so good that he really could have done without any featured guests, which is a rarity in this day and age with many albums relying on the guest artists to make it sellable. If this really is "just the beginning" as R.A. states, then hip hop has a VERY bright future. Thank you R.A. for this album - it makes me remember why I love hip hop so much.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/2/2013 8:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 50.215.252)
Location: nyy
Comment: crazy album haha
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/2/2013 7:15:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: ...
Comment: DOPE. Ain't quite a classic only because the beats aren't as innovative as I wouldve liked.. that said I aint mad with them either. RA obliterates everything as usual. I'd like to hear more of Rugged and Buck together.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/2/2013 2:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 109.64.203)
Location: Florida
Comment: Impressed by the album. The Tech N9ne fetured song was top notch. I hope when I listen to the entire thing I stumble upon a "Crustified Dibbs" type of track.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/2/2013 9:58:00 AM; Partial IP: .78.106.88)
Location: LA
Comment: Dope rhymes as always from R.A. Average beats and concepts.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/2/2013 7:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 05.112.186)
Location: Macedonia
Comment: Album of the decade FOR SHURE!!!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 8:48:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: London
Comment: Straight raw bangin motherfuckin hip hop, lyrics and beats all on point. support that real shit...hip hop head since 82
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 8:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 10.168.109)
Location: Nottingham
Comment: 4 stars because its good but not really great, a few of the features are cheesy and he needs to do more harder stuff, he's so talented but for every amazing track is a mediocre track...still a good album but not the best this year #Demigodz #Czarface
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 7:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 112.45.171)
Location: Nyc
Comment: Let the buyer beware! You can't just go by the die hard RA fans on these reviews. I 100% agree, RA really wrecked shop on his pen game...BUT there is some of us who feel his vocal pitch didn't match with a few of the instrumentals. Some of his guest appearances didn't do him justice. That super fast rapping scheme gets old quick...Some of the tracks sound identical to the next one. Nonetheless,they def are some real goood tracks. Sorta like Kool Keith, dope lyrics but corny azz hooks 4 most of the album. It's def cool to see the love y'all show for this hard-working man on this page...BUT I miss his raw Crustified Dibbs style.. i'll let the newer fans enjoy his new material..Nuff said.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 4:48:00 PM; Partial IP: .28.47.225)
Location: Boston
Comment: This is true skill from a man who takes his craft seriously.R.A. proves to be charismatic and versatile, plus great production.Classic!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 4:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 72.124.193)
Location: the bridge
Comment: This is a surprisingly complete album, from beginning to end. R.A. showcases his talents, and really shows why he is one of the greats. Top 5 songs....Learn Truth, Definition of a Rap Flow, Daddys Halo, Bang Boogie, Media Midgets.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 12:48:00 PM; Partial IP: .170.4.253)
Location: NY
Comment: Dope beats and dope rhymes right here
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 11:47:00 AM; Partial IP: .22.13.125)
Location: Stam Town
Comment: DOPE ALBUM! Nice variety of content, good selection of features, and consistent beats... Even b ali's faggot ass did a decent job on this one
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 10:08:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.117.42)
Location: North Carolina
Comment: This album is pure fire. and like I said this would've been R.A.'s fourth album since two of his albums that he recorded back in the 90's had never been released.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/1/2013 1:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 99.251.200)
Location: NY, NY
Comment: I don't know if I was listening to the same album as the rest of you. Let me first say that I am a huge RA fan, have been for a very long time, but I am very disappointed with this album. He spits nasty as ever throughout the album but the production and the hooks are corny as all hell and for the most part down right wack. If this was any other MC I would not have even bothered to right a review of the album, RA's pure rawness on the mic is the only saving grace for this album. I just hope that he's not one of these MC's that cant maintain a whole album and is better in guest spots.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 10:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 17.222.141)
Location: Victoria, BC
Comment: Hats off to Bandido1 for the amazing review! Pretty much bang on! I really am speechless here just blown right away!!! In my 29 years of being alive never once have I had an album where there isint one skipable track until now. I truly don't know what to say...this very well could be my favorite hip hop album ever made...6 stars...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 9:13:00 PM; Partial IP: .88.94.231)
Location: FL
Comment: Big ups to "Learn Truth" but really the whole album is incredible. YES!!!!!!! About fucking time.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 8:48:00 PM; Partial IP: 86.160.214)
Location: Milwaukee
Comment: Dooooood, this album is dope as fuck! DX has tons of haters on it, saying that the album cover and title are hubristic in nature. To them, I point to the title track, "Legends Never Die," and ask them if their opinion is still the same. If it is, your brain could use a cleanse, because the entire thing, to me, screams tribute. A part of that might also be due to his guest spots, and the fact that RA is still kicking ill flows (better than ever, outside of "Uncommon Valor," actually). R.A. tears the mic apart on this (very fluid) LP. And I must say, R.A. knows his target: "I make records for the shepherds and not for the sheep" Geeetttttt 'eeemmmmm!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 8:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 35.149.132)
Location: New Jersey
Comment: Holy hell dude...are you serious?!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 5:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.117.250)
Location: Rochester, NY
Comment: My full review: It's finally here. Legends Never Die is finally here. It's not everyday we get to hear new material from R.A. the Rugged Man. It's been 9 years since his last full length album "Die, Rugged Man, Die" was released, and 4 years since his label put out a compilation album. R.A. tends to stays out of the spotlight, and for good reason. R.A. is truly a rugged man. He doesn't give a fuck about today's world of Hip Hop, and his embarrassment and disgust is expressed periodically throughout his new release. The long-awaited sophomore album from the deservingly self proclaimed legend is dope. There is no doubt that R.A. the Rugged Man can rap his ass off. Some may dislike his music, but there is no denying his ability to obliterate the mic. Legends Never Die only further solidifies his position as one of the all time greats and the last of a dying breed in Hip Hop. From start to finish, Legends Never Die never leaves you bored. In the past critics have pointed out poor production, lazy rhymes and too much filler as deep flaws in R.A.'s work, Legends Never Die shows none of this. This release only brings the best of Rugged Man and his ability to kick any style he wants to the table. Who else can have Hopsin and Tech N9ne on the same album as Masta Ace, Talib Kweli and Vinnie Paz? It's quite remarkable what R.A. shows that he can do with this release. Let's take a deeper look at Legends Never Die track by track: 1. Still Diggin' Wit' Buck [prod. Buckwild]: R.A. opens Legends Never Die with one of the best beats I've heard in a while. Buckwild's production on this joint reminds me of the Harlem Renaissance. While R.A.'s rhymes on this one are fairly simple, they're also to the point. I'm a legend. This is real Hip Hop. I am slightly disappointed that this one wasn't longer as it felt like R.A. may have wasted an opportunity to drop a classic song with this beat, but this is only the intro. Still Diggin Wit' Buck earns 4 out of 5 mics from me. 2. The Peoples Champ [prod. Apathy]: This one has actually been out for a few months now. It was the first single off of the album. The People's Champ isn't necessarily a standout track, but it shows exactly what R.A. is capable of. The multis and flow on this one are very solid and Apathy's AOTP-style production is something we have seldom heard from the Rugged Man. I give this one 3.5 mics. 3. Definition of a Rap Flow [prod. Marc Niles & Dev-1]: "Let's begin it like this. The definition of a rap flow, I'ma reinvent it like this." This track is insane. R.A. brings a totally flawless flow incorporating complex rhyme schemes and never once skipping a beat. His homage to Biz Markie is respectable and Amile Bruun's singing compliments the song very well. Marc "n*gga" Niles and Dev-1 bring simple production that allow R.A. to execute his untouchable flow. Definition of a Rap Flow deserves 5 out of 5 mics. 4. Learn Truth (ft. Talib Kweli) [prod. Mr. Green] This might be my favorite song on the album. It was released as a single in late March and immediately caught attention from the Hip Hop community. Talib opens this one with one of the better verses he's spit in the last few years, taking a super lyrical approach to political and social issues facing the urban community. Mr. Green provides top notch production as always and R.A. kills the track in typical Rugged Man fashion. R.A.'s verse is incredible, in my opinion surpassing his highly regarded verse on Uncommon Valor. Yes, I'm serious. Learn Truth gets a perfect 5 out of 5 mics. 5. Bang Boogie [prod. Jussi Jaakola]: Bang Boogie is a solid track. R.A.'s flow seems a bit off-beat at certain points, but it is obviously on purpose. The production is very good. I feel like this song is reminiscent of something we would've heard on Die, Rugged Man, Die. I give it 3.5 mics. 6. Tom Thum [prod. Will Tell]: I love this joint. R.A. the Rugged Man teams up with Australian beatboxer Tom Thum on this one to lay down one of the most unique approaches on the album. There are no scratches of samples on this record. Everything was done by mouth from Tom Thum beatboxing. Add R.A.'s funny yet murderous rapping and a hint of violin and you've got yourself a classic. 4.65 out of 5 mics. 7. Holla-Loo-Yuh (ft. Krizz Kaliko and Tech N9ne) [prod. C-Lance]: This may come as a surprise to some, but this track actually disappointed me. Maybe it was because I was expecting one of the greatest Hip Hop songs I've ever heard in my entire life from this one, but it didn't live up to the hype. Tech N9ne's verse sounded lazy. Like he didn't care and thought of R.A. as some chump paying him for a throwaway verse. Krizz makes up for this by delivering a very catchy hook that I've never heard on an R.A. album before. The Rugged Man's verse was very solid, but still disappointing. He seemed to focus too much on rapping fast (probably to outdo Tech in case he brought his usual flow) and less on flow and wordplay. Still a good track and I could see it gathering some mainstream attention once the music video drops for the hook and Tech N9ne alone. 3.75 out of 5 mics. 8. Media Midgets [prod. Buckwild]: R.A. slows it down and takes a political approach with this one, ripping the fuck out of Buckwild's beat. Taking shots at the media and corporations is nothing we haven't heard from R.A. before, but the way he delivers his message on Media Midgets is. "And why so many folks is jealous that I was co-signed by Biggie? And then the nerds rewriting history lying saying he dissed me. I know in your small brains it might hurt. But I was there, the closest you ever got was wearing Biggie on your t-shirt" were my favorite bars. This one gets a perfect 5 mics easy. 9. Shoot me in the Head [prod. Marco Polo]: After hearing Shoot me in the Head as a freestyle at a live show years ago, I didn't think I would like this one, but I loved it. The opera sample is surprisingly not overwhelming. R.A. spits some hilarious self-deprecating rhymes and the hook literally made me laugh out loud the entire time. With opera singers singing "I'm a piece of shit, I'm a fucking fat fuck. Shoot me in the head," how can you not? 5 mics. 10. Legends Never Die (Daddy's Halo) [prod. Mr. Green]: I've never heard anything remotely like this before. The closest I think we've been to an emotional track from R.A. was "Midnight Thud," which wasn't actually all that deep. I as the listener could capture the emotion in R.A.'s lyrics and feel what he felt. This one sent chills down my spine, especially when he choked up at the end of his 2nd verse and began to cry. The hook is a bit corny. I never though he would sample a Beyonce song, but it fits the context perfectly. 4.75 out of 5 mics. 11. The Dangerous Three (ft. Brother Ali & Masta Ace) [prod. Mr. Green]: Instant classic. That's all I have to say. Go listen to this one yourself. It's fucking amazing. Flawless. Perfect. 5 out of 5 mics. 12. Luv to Fuck [prod. Shuko] Eamon returns from a hiatus even longer than R.A.'s and teams up with him to make an interestingly beautiful sex song. R.A. describes it as Casanova part 2. I think it's way better than that. He brings back the old school flow, but takes it to the next level. Eamon's chorus is something I didn't expect. The dude is extremely talented. Shuko's production is on point. I give Luv to Fuck 4.5 out of 5 mics. 13. Underground Hitz (ft. Hopsin) [prod. Will Tell] This was easily the worst song on the album. Despite that, I still like it. It's just nothing special and doesn't fit in very well with the rest of the album. I wanted this one to be a standout track. While R.A. likely won't break into the new school, Funk Volume, high school demographic with this Hopsin feature, die hard fans of his will no doubt check it out and appreciate the talent Rugged Man possesses. I can't give it any more than 3 out of 5 mics though. 14. Laugh, Clown, Laugh [prod. Vherbal] Laugh, Clown, Laugh is dope. A bit forgettable, but dope. The beat almost has an ominous feel to it and R.A. take it to some creepy clown, house of horrors type shit. The Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh hook builds on that. I feel like I'm going to be kidnapped and tortured by It listening to this song. 4 out of 5 mics. 15. Sam Peckinpah (ft. Vinnie Paz & Sadat X) [prod. C-Lance] Holy. Fucking. Shit. Sam Peckinpah is just what you'd expect from Vinnie and R.A. Production, flow, lyrics, everything. It's doper than you can imagine. Their best collaboration hands down. Not sure how I feel about Sadat on the hook. I think it'll grow on me, but it seemed like too much of a mellow contrast from the angry, kill shit, conspiracy verses that R.A. and Vinnie lay down. One thing I'll say is that I think Rugged Man was finally outshined in a verse. Vinnie spit some of the illest shit I've heard him spit since early 2000s Jedi Mind Tricks. It may be his braggart approach and confident voice against R.A.'s laid back bars, but the multis he brings on this one are out of this world. Another perfect 5 out of 5 mics. 16. Shuko Outro Not much to say here. It's just R.A. thanking his fans. Actually a good transition into the end of the album. 17. Still Get Through the Day [prod. Ayatollah] This is the 2nd and last personal song on Legends Never Die. On Still Get Through the Day, R.A. isn't as emotional as on Daddy's Halo, although he does divulge into his family tragedies and struggles in the past. Eamon's hook is meant to lift your spirits more than it is to make you feel the emotion of the artists. The message of this one is basically "life is beautiful, stop bitching about shit the doesn't matter." Solid joint, and one to remember. 4.25 out of 5 mics. 18. Make You Famous [prod. Vherbal] To close out his sophmore album, R.A. the Rugged Man gets a little more political, but focusing more on the brainwashed youth and consumer society. Typical Block McCloud hook, which doesn't disappoint. This is actually pretty strong for a bonus track and a very good closure to the album. 4.5 out of 5 mics. Overall I have to say Legends Never Die is an incredible project. Album of the year material for sure. The replay value for Legends Never Die is very high. It may not be perfect or everyone's style, but any true fan of Hip Hop would be a fool to not check this one out. Every single verse R.A. leaves you stunned. The production is, for the first time in his career, on point. The features only compliment this project. Legends Never Die was definitely everything I expected and then some. A true masterpiece in today's world of Hip Hop Final rating: 9.25 out of 10.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 12:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .74.94.160)
Location: Planet Rock
Comment: Album of the year. Hell, album of fucking all times!!!! RA the only true MC who is left from the true days of rap. Fuck all the haters. Album of the year is here!!!!!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 10:37:00 AM; Partial IP: 44.222.201)
Location: li
Comment: Bring em to the port jeff house.....shit iz fire!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 10:35:00 AM; Partial IP: 87.130.139)
Location: Pasadena, California
Comment: WOW!!! I am at a loss of words but RA you are from it..... This is a CLASSIC WOW WOW WOW!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 9:19:00 AM; Partial IP: .26.37.133)
Location: norf cack
Comment: dope dope dope!!!!!!! go get this shyt now!!!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 1:27:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Red Deer
Comment: This is a masterpiece, support amazing hip hop. RA always delivers. This album is like a breath of fresh air.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2013 1:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 129.80.141)
Location: croatia
Comment: this dude never let me down.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/29/2013 8:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 160.183.35)
Location: sloavakia
Comment: wow, everyone go cop this now, I have never heard an album lyrics, production wise flow, this great in 6 years this here is a masterpiece
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/29/2013 6:55:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Comment: KING !
Name: (Posted: 4/29/2013 12:44:00 AM; Partial IP: .70.133.52)
Location: hamilton,ontario canada
Comment: liking the people's champ video,definately copping this when it drops.
Name: (Posted: 4/29/2013 12:30:00 AM; Partial IP: .75.191.70)
Location: CA
Comment: Album of the year. Hands down.
Name: (Posted: 4/28/2013 3:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.246.226)
Location: Baltimore
Comment: Got this over the weekend. Best money I spent in a while!
Name: (Posted: 4/26/2013 5:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 189.189.81)
Location: oh
Comment: album is very good fans of r a won't be disappointed
Name: (Posted: 4/25/2013 3:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 11.244.204)
Location: Boston
Comment: Its crazy how a lot of people are still asleep to good music.
Name: (Posted: 4/21/2013 5:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.173.156)
Location: Vinylville
Comment: Can't wait for this...buying the lp too!
Name: (Posted: 4/20/2013 10:47:00 PM; Partial IP: .33.182.12)
Location: north diego
Comment: they had snippets on itunes. shit sounds like album of the year candidate
Name: (Posted: 4/18/2013 1:43:00 PM; Partial IP: .98.139.72)
Location: South Florida
Comment: lookin forward to this, been a while since I copped an album. solid tracks from what I heard so far, beats on point. even if some of the beats are wack, RA always comes through lyrically
Name: (Posted: 4/18/2013 1:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 59.252.102)
Location: -
Comment: No, the album is not delayed. Amazon said it was gonna drop in June now but that was a mistake. Nature Sounds confirmed the album will drop April 30 and it will not be delayed.
Name: (Posted: 4/14/2013 9:37:00 AM; Partial IP: 34.175.204)
Location: troy, mi
Comment: can't wait
Name: (Posted: 4/13/2013 9:32:00 PM; Partial IP: .26.37.133)
Location: raleigh norfcack
Comment: shyt is gon be dope but I herd it got pushed back another 2 months to june!!
Name: (Posted: 4/11/2013 10:36:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.244.148)
Location: bar
Comment: fuck RA that crazy asshole glad to see that he doin work. Hopefully he has some good production. Die rugged man die was DOPE
Name: (Posted: 4/9/2013 12:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 45.214.147)
Location: PERTH, AUST.
Name: (Posted: 4/8/2013 6:34:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Deez's mom's ass pipe
Comment: Deez is a dildo...
Name: (Posted: 4/7/2013 10:55:00 AM; Partial IP: 75.225.218)
Location: de
Name: (Posted: 4/6/2013 5:07:00 AM; Partial IP: 26.128.195)
Location: UGHH
Comment: i like that People's Champ track a lot! thats definitely my type shit. the beat is banging like a mawfucka.
Name: (Posted: 4/2/2013 6:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 132.41.161)
Location: Sewage
Comment: @Deez hahaha
Name: (Posted: 3/29/2013 3:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.117.250)
Location: Rochester, NY
Comment: This album is going to be fucking retarded. 10/10 potential album of the year for sure.
Name: (Posted: 3/21/2013 7:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 75.190.135)
Location: UY
Comment: Biggest album in the last ten years? Lmao not even close faggot
Name: (Posted: 3/13/2013 8:40:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: mv
Comment: this is the bigest album of the last 10 years cant wait omg I cant wait
Name: (Posted: 3/13/2013 4:25:00 AM; Partial IP: .70.133.52)
Location: hamilton,ontario canada
Comment: bout freakin time,been too long since he dropped his last album,looking forward to hearing some new shit fom RA,can't wait!!!!!
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2013 2:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 189.189.81)
Location: oh
Comment: been anticipating this for years, not even mad it took this long, gna be fire!
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