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. Originally released on ’04, Die, Rugged Man, Die became the first album commercially released by the grimy M.C. and was received with high praise for both it’s guttural lyrics and in your face delivery. This summer’s vinyl reissue (Which includes a bonus track not available on the original LP) of Die, Rugged Man, Die highlights R.A.’s incomparable style and charisma after years of underground acclaim.
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