R.A. The Rugged Man (born R.A. Thorburn) began rapping at the age of 12 and six short years later, found himself at the center of a bidding war between nine labels. With Jive Records winning him over, he penned a deal at the age of 18, and despite the early compliments his lyrical skills garnered, his first album Night of the Bloody Apes was never officially released via the label. Not letting that initial setback slow him down, the Long Island native went on to work with Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, The Notorious B.I.G., Tech N9ne, Chuck D of Public Enemy, DJ Quik, the Alchemist, and more. R.A. eventually released his official debut in 2004 Die, Rugged Man, Die on the independent label Nature Sounds, after a brief stint at Capitol Records resulted in more of his recorded music going unreleased. With his second studio album Legends Never Die arriving a dozen years following his debut, it is undeniably impressive how much ground R.A. has covered despite only having two official studio albums to his name. In addition to contributing his talents as an emcee, R.A. also expanded his pen game to the media world, writing for magazines like Mass Appeal, The Source, XXL, Complex, King, Vibe and also being involved with the Ego Trip Book of Rap Lists and Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism. He also has written three screenplays with cult film director Frank Henenlotter inspired by his being a die-hard fan of horror films, combined with his passion for cinematography. That led R.A. to begin working on his directorial debut God Take, God Give, all while his next studio album remains at the center of anticipation and speculation.