R.A. the Rugged Man - Legends Never Die - Album Review | by SIC ILL
This is R.A.'s first album since 2004's Die, Rugged Man, Die. R.A. the Rugged Man stands out as being one of the last emcees the Notorius B.I.G. personally consigned. He starts the album off with Still Diggin Wit Buck, he talks about artist with multi-million dollar budgets still creating horrible rap music, he says it's not about self-glorification but the craft of the being a great rap technician, making images with words. The People's Champ is the second track, he talks about being a church raised youth, crack babies, not being a fast learner and still being the champ. Definition Of A Rap Flow, R.A. spits a couple perfect tongue-twisting bars over a boom bap beat. Learn Truth features Talib Kweli, spittin a classic ferocious rhyme almost foreseeing that R.A. was gonna come with a gruesume scheme on the second verse. Bang Boogie is a nice track, but I didn't like the chorus so much. Tom Thum is R.A. talking about todays hip hop. Holla-Loo-Yuh features Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko. I love Tech's verse and am glad he's featured on a new york rappers album, R.A. does most of the tongue twisting here, and Kaliko does an awesome chorus. Media Midgets is about R.A. giving a F-U to everybody, media, tv, critics, rappers, I love this track. Shoot Me In The Head is another track critiqueing media, and politics, include Barbara Walters, Bill O' Reily and Whoopi Goldberg. Legends Never Die is the title track, this track is about his dad and his struggles as a parent. The Dangerous Three features hip hop titans Brother Ali & Masta Ace, Ali comes in destroying the track, R.A. verses is another visually disturbing 16, Masta Ace slows it down balancin the track out. Luv To Fuk is R.A.'s version of a song for the ladies, it's really graphic and unromantic but the wordplay is great. Underground Hitz is a classical music/hip hop crossover track feature Funk Volume's Hopsin. Laugh, Clown, Laugh is a playful song about him not affording expensive Dr. Dre and N.E.R.D. tracks but still making great hip hop he then goes into a flurry of visual tangents, ranges from girls, the government, swine flu, blind women. Sam Pecknpah features R.A. going back forth with Vinnie Paz and Sadat X, a really underground sounding track. After the outro track there are two more bonus tracks, Still get through the day featuring Eamon features the Rugged Man getting introspective, gruesome images of his mentally handicapped sister and people shooting guns. Make you famous is the second bonus track, talking about his recipe about getting famous which include worshipping masonic images and catching rape charges.
Overall, this was worth the nine year wait from his previous album. R.A. doesn't hold back and goes full force no matter who's on the track, even Talib Kweli, Brotha Ali and Tech N9ne can't outshine him on tracks. The best part about this album was it is to me the best example of what today's real hip hop should sound like. I give R.A. The Rugged Man - Legends Never Die 5 out of 5 stars.
- SIC ILL
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