You Sold Out, R.A.

Wow. I did my first fuckin’ blog for XXL yesterday and already I’m getting swarmed by complaints. Haha. I got heads hittin’ me up, telling me blogging for XXL is a sell out move.

Here is one quote out of many “You’re trying to promote your shit 2 much, You’re getting famous now like some bullshit Kanye West shit. You’re underground don’t fall off. ”

Here is another: ”R.A., dude? XXL? next thing we’ll see you holding hands with Elton John at the Grammys. Stop while your ahead”

You people are too simple and don’t understand what underground music is. It doesn’t mean you can’t promote your own shit or can’t be heard. Musically Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, 36 Chambers, is one of the most underground records of all time. You could hear the mic’s distorting, the mixes sounded like they was out of RZA’s basement. And just because they were marketed to a larger audience in no way did the Wu conform to any music industry structure with that record.

You idiots need to look at the bright side of shit, You ain’t reading some blog from one of these cornball non-lyrical cats, like 98 percent of the rappers being endorsed in the game, so this is a positive thing.

Maybe ya’ll are still just feeling hurt and shitted on by so many other rappers who became industry puppets and went from making legit music to strictly trying to sell shit to 8-year-old children. But trust me, I’m here for you mo’fuckas…’til the day I’m dead this music shit is about the art and the culture and advancing my skills and that’s it for me, nothing else. And if there are outlets willing to let me spread the word and my music for free with no industry strings attached I’m hoppin’ on that shit. You think if Oprah’s fat ass asked me to go sit on her fuckin’ couch and promote my shit I wouldn’t? That’s not selling out, that’s smart.

In fact I would love it if artists like Hell Razah, Kool G Rap, and Sean Price were getting exposure over acts like Kid Cudi and Lady GaGa, as long as they wasn’t switching up their shit. If you conform, purposely make horrible pop garbage, lessen the quality of hip-hop, sell wack shit to the world and make hip-hop look like its some nursery school shit, that hurts hip-hop. What we do, helps it. Here’s a little video I did explaining some of this:

Any way enough venting and back to regular bloggin’. First stop today I gotta slide through Def Jam to meet with L.A. Reid’s people. Nah, Rugged Man ain’t jumping ship with a major, my man, who is an incredible singer/songwriter, is interested in going that route and since I been in the game so many fuckin’ years he asked me to come through and watch his back.

Then I gotta go check my new t-shirt design by MissEng. As an indie artist merchandise is important, you could make $30 grand in a few weeks on tour just selling some bullshit ass T-shirts or a mix CD.

Then after I knock out phone interviews this Hungarian Jewish chick been telling me my business skills is wack. She wants to introduce me to some people and get the Rugged Man store/website started online.

Hip-Hop quotes of the day: “You wanna be a conscious rapper, right? hit you in the head, make you an unconscious rapper”. – Killah Priest/2009

OK, I’m out, but before I bounce I gotta plug shit. Legendary Classics Vol. 1 hits stores Today.. Run out and support the authentic. Here’s a no-budget, ghetto ass, street video they shot right before Tragedy Khadafi got locked. “Free Trag”…This is one of many classic joints that’s gunna be on Legendary Classics Vol. 1 in stores now.

Once again, much love people-
R.A. the RUGGED MAN

  • AZ40

    Thank you, I’ve been saying that shit that coporations been running this rap shit tellin’ mufuckas what to like givin’ the perception that “oh this cat is that new hot nigga you need to fuck wit’ this album”…And if mufuckas sayin’ you sellin’ out by doing this blog aren’t they just as much sell outs for reading and commenting?

  • FlapJack

    Pierzy!

    So, if I cop, can I write it off on my taxes like charity?

  • D.R.Y.G.

    YO R.A. when u gonna work wit celph titled?? i think yall 2 r tha dopest!!anyways im goin 2 cop ur shit 2day!!

    • Nwabe from Paris France

      That would be a crazy idea. Yeah, I co-sign !

  • Lucky Lue Quiano

    No wonder this big head German muthafu@ka got blackballed from the industry…he’s givin your favorite pretty boy emcee nightmares on the mic!!!
    I was fortunate to meet & bear witness to a R.A. show in Ottawa, Canada last Thursday. Let me tell y’all. This man embodies the spirit of hip hop to the fullest…stage presence & entertainment value – heavy!!!, got jokes 4 dayz, his flow will make Twista second guess his spit, lyrics are in a class of their own (shout out Ras Kass, Pharoahe Monch, Joell Ortiz).

    If hip hop heads are thirsting for the ol way of how emcees used to rock, then this album & emcee will quench your thirst. Money well spent…an incredible hip hop artifact & investment if you ask me.

    So support this grimy man whore & cop you a R.A. ringtone. Do like myself and pick up 2 copies.
    Big shouts to Nature Sounds for believing in the man.

    P.S. Every Record Label Sucks Dick

  • Ted

    Yeahhh I buyed your album R.A. and damnn I love it, damn so many good shit on it!
    For me you are one of the sickest mc’s ever!

    from Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Deez Nutz

    F&@k R.A. The Rugged Man! Go cop the new Crustified Dibbs

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Nah R.A., this isn’t selling out. It’s not even in the same neighborhood as selling out. It’s giving a new audience a chance to see what you’re about & letting your fans know what’s good on an enteractive level. Anyone who can’t recognize that is a captive in their own limited capacity of thought. Or something like that. Personally, I’d keep an eye on those folks, preferably the third one.

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    this guy is a g

  • bongolock

    that hell razah verse is dope. gonna keep my eye out for vol.1

    peace

    and btw this is not selling out in my opinion..

  • Avenger XL

    Man RA this isn’t even close to selling out. The only people calling you a sell out are those fans who are the extreme purist group. They don’t understand that the good music like yours need exposure and as long as you do not conform and stay true to your sound it is ok if you get exposure.

    Peace

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    HA! Selling out?

    Sounds like someone’s envious. They should have respected the grind from then to now and congratulated.

    “Why would a racist even listen to rap music?”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    R.A. explained the whole ordeal going on about this one cat we all know:

    D. R. A. K. E.

    If you still believe youngin’ just walked up outta nowhere & got all of them MAJOR co-signs because he’s THAT nice, and his grind is soooo serious the world is only checking for him, you need a long, scrutinizing mirror check. Industry & smart cats know what it is.

    Whomever skimmed thru the blog go back and watch the 1st video.

    R.A.’s got a ill way to blog. Good to see Tragedy & Hell Razah. Keep it up!

    PEACE

  • Saigon

    RA you a weak ass version of Em. Nobody lookin for ya tracks. Go back to Kansas, oh what you ain’t tell the people you really from Topeka

  • capcobra

    damn i remember you…you that dude with the cerebral palsy monster flow…i thought you.kurious jorge.redhotlovertone.snagglepuss. pudgee the phat bastard and bassblaster actually stood a chance back in the day..that bad boy era ruined shit…niguz be forgetting who was who before the biggie and nas debuts dropped..glad to see that you still got love for your passion and craft tho’…btw that hell razah/tragedy/timbo king joint is kinda tuff..and don’t forget…selling out is always a good thing…because they never say you sold out til they can see the checks rolling in from a distance..actually i’ll take selling out over falling off anyday.

  • Youngz

    Whatup R.A! U gota come over to Europe n do some shows! Im from Stockholm Sweden, been following u for several years. Was listening to your verse on that jedi mind tricks collabo over n over at a friends house the other week, gotta be illest bars ever! Im gonna check out the new album. Keep doing your thing man, much respect n love from Scandinavia!!
    /Olle

  • Money Mitch

    Weak ass version of em? R.a. is a far better rapper than eminem! And Saigon try not to get ran out of mobb deep shows pussy! Yo’ fuck ass couldn’t even knocked out a midget with 3 or 4 CLEAN shots! It’s not that i think your actually the rapper saigon but lets just act like you are it’s more fun that way!!

  • GIBZ

    Thats what I’m talkin bout. Rugged speakin bout that real shit. About the culture not just the numbers or how many packs you move a day. That verse on that video was ridiculous my gawd!!! Left me wit that nasty, old man face like “damn”.

  • latino heat

    damn i didn’t know Tragedy got locked up. that’s why we need real street dudes like you on the site R.A. that’s the type of shit this site will never report about. if it ain’t Plies, Drake or other corny shit like that it don’t get reported by XXL.com

  • BIGNAT

    r.a. sounds like my kinda guy reminds me of my friend ben.

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    I’ll tell you this much. he’s the best xxl guest blogger by a long shot. this cat put it down with the late great B.I.G. R.I.P.

  • crease

    RA that verse us so sick, your the man

  • Master CHeef

    that joe budden parody made me lol.

    cosign all that talk on underground.
    coming to xxl was a good move, it served its purpose since you just gained a new fan.

  • yoprince

    that first video was comedy. and truth. (minus the part about stepping outside and finding 5 dudes who can slaughter weezy)

    and the second video was bonkers.

    mission accomplished. i’ll def be checking you out.

  • beaver

    i still thinkk em is better than r.a.
    butt i do thinkk ra is a dope artist..
    1st time i heard a trackk from him was lik this past summer..
    it was dat “uncommom valor”dat beat is crazy..
    dope track..then i just kept lookin 4 his music he’s dope..

    ra your exactly right bout lil wayne and da 1st week sales..i thinkk carter3 had lik 5 good songs da other shit was gay..

    street hop from royce just released..only lik 8thou sold..or somthin lik dat..
    but listen 2 it..dat is a dope asss album..best shitt this year..
    way better than da carter..
    an drake wtf..da fuckin world on his nuts..4wat? hes whack..he doesn’t even do full songs..a couple bars but not enough..hes gay..he sounds lik my mailman wtff..

    i’ll cop yo album by da way..

    side note” i’m 16yr..” i’m young but i know real music..not dat whackk shit.

  • beaver

    hahahahaaaaaaa oh yea..dat shit bout u choking a poodle an u don’t kare was fuckkin hilarious..haha dat shit had me cryinn hahaha

  • chillin mayne

    real talk…lol, that video was on point. much props, ive never heard a verse from you before, ima have to do research now… i was laughin at the same thing beaver was…priceless mwa ja jaaaaaaaaaa

  • http://swbehindthescenes.info/ Bong Ebbighausen

    Terrific guide, well written I must say.