Friday, May 10, 2013

A review of R.A. The Rugged Man's "Legends Never Die"

Released on April 30th, R.A. The Rugged Man released his second studio album, "Legends Never Die". Going into this album, I really liked the list of guests and producers, plus with R.A. usually bringing it on the mic, this already has the makings of one tight album. Let's get to it!

1. Still Diggin Wit Buck (Legends Intro) Produced by Buckwild
Wow, this was a tight intro, and again, I really like it when the tone of an album is set right, and that's exactly what is done here. 

2. The People's Champ (Produced By: Apathy)
Over a nice beat by fellow artist Apathy, R.A. comes out lyrically blazing on this one. 4 out of 5

3. Definition of a Rap Flow, Albee 300 (featuring Amalie Brunn, produced by Dev-1 & Marc Niles)
Backed by a nicely sung hook courtesy of Ms. Brunn, R.A. really does set out to give his definition of a rap flow and he does that in spades here, really impressed with his style and lyrics. 4 out of 5

4. Learn Truth (featuring Talib Kweli, produced by Mr. Green)
Truth regarding what's happening in this world today is what you get on this thought provoking song, featuring an almost show stealing verse by Talib Kweli, with R.A. closing things in a supreme fashion. 4.5 out of 5

5. Bang Boogie (Produced By: Jussi Jaakola)
Almost an interlude of sorts, it's brief, but still good for the most part. 3 out of 5

6. Tom Thum (Produced By: Will Tell)
I like this one right here, especially as the beat switches from the traditional beat boxing and back again. R.A. never slows down for one second though. 4 out of 5

7. Holla-Loo-Yuh (featuring Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko, produced by C-Lance)
Wow, I can't even begin to tell you who had the best verse in this song, as both R.A. and Tech N9ne completely kills things. Outstanding. 4.5 out of 5
8. Media Midgets (Produced By: Buckwild)
Well, the media in this country (and the world for that matter) has been an issue for years, and I don't see that changing any time soon. R.A. does a great job highlighting the media's inconsistencies, in terms of the local news, radio, TV, etc. Well done. 4.5 out of 5
9. Shoot Me in the Head (Produced By: Marco Polo)
Some of the people named in this song would probably want to shoot R.A. after some of the things he says, lol, however, he's speaking his mind and I respect him for that. I'm sure he means no harm, I think, lol. 4 out of 5
10. Legends Never Die (Daddy's Halo) Produced By: Mr. Green
This was a MOVING, emotional tribute to R.A.'s father who passed away after a battle with cancer. Towards the end of the song you can FEEL it in his voice, as he was about to literally break down and cry RIGHT as the hook came in. Must be heard to be appreciated. 5 out of 5
11. The Dangerous Three (featuring Masta Ace & Brother Ali, produced by Mr. Green)
These three MCs flow SO nicely over Mr. Green's dope beat. I can see why a friend of mine named Terry had this one on repeat. 4 out of 5

12. Luv to Fuk (featuring Eamon, produced by Shuko)
The ONLY thing I have to say about this song is that it's REALLY out of place on an album like this. Next! 2 out of 5

13. Underground Hitz (featuring Hopsin, produced by Will Tell)
This was good, nothing more, respectively. 3 out of 5

14. Laugh, Clown, Laugh (Produced By: Vherbal)
I guess on an album like this, a song clearly meant for laughs is needed after all the musical seriousness, and it's nothing wrong with that. It was needed if you ask me, lol. 3.5 out of 5

15. Sam Peckkinpah (featuring Vinnie Paz & Sadat X, produced by C-Lance)
I'm not sure where the hell the title of this song came from, but either way, this is about what I would expect from an R.A./Vinnie Paz collabo. I like Sadat X, but he was so out of place on the hook in my view. 3.5 out of 5

16. Outro

17. Still Get Through The Day (featuring Eamon, produced by Ayatollah)
This one right here is a personal song, very descriptive all around. 4 out of 5

18. Make You Famous (featuring Block McCloud, produced by Vherbal) *Bonus track
What I gather from this very good song is that while there are positives in any type of entertainment industry, there's also some negatives of course. It's not to discourage you, but R.A. tells you things that you need to hear, because you won't get this in this mainstream. 4 out of 5

Although a little disjointed towards the end, this is a great album overall. With mostly good beats throughout, R.A. shines brightly with his unique, but entertaining and thought provoking style of lyricism. I'll recommend this album with a solid 4.5 star rating.


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