R.A. the Rugged Man's Sophomore LP "Legends Never Die"
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Iconoclast performer, R.A. The Rugged Man, released his second album, Legends Never Die, on the Nature Sounds label to exceptional reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #17 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts, and at #131 on the Billboard 200. He is known for the polemical subject matter which inspires his lyrics – whether it is his political point of view, honoring his ‘legendary’ father John, or redefining the art of rap. For the last decade he’s been keeping fans feigning for this highly anticipated album by penning some of the most revered verses in the history of hip-hop including the award winning verse for Uncommon Valor which received Source Quotable and HipHop Dx's verse of the year. R.A.'s machine gun flow and Razor Sharp lyricism keeps him one of the most respected and sought after in the game.
The album contains 17 tracks with standout songs such as the powerful “Legends Never Die (Daddy’s Halo)” written for his father, who succumbed to cancer from exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The Rugged Man and his family were dealt a harrowing blow, as the genetic damage caused by the toxin took not only his father, but his brother, sister and nephew. R.A. turned to writing songs at the young age of 12 as a respite from this family tragedy, which planted the seeds of his political and controversial lyrics.
R.A. has a team of impressive artists and producers with whom he collaborates; among them are Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne and Buckwild. When Notorious B.I.G. was asked about R.A., he was quoted saying, “And I thought I was the illest.” He has also worked with many other legends including Mobb Deep, Sadat X, Akinyele, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Jedi Mind Tricks, Kool G Rap, Wu-Tang Clan, Masta Killa, Killah Priest, and producers Trackmasters, Erick Sermon, DJ Quik, Snowgoons, Alchemist, and Ayatollah. R.A penned the theme music for Wrestling star Chris Jericho off the Platinum-selling WWE Agression album alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg, Redman, Run DMC, Method Man, Mystikal, and more. Outside the studio you can also find R.A The Rugged Man producing films and writing for Ring and Vibe Magazine as a boxing journalist. He also hosted MTV’s film.com show called Film School.
He has accumulated millions of YouTube views and with his latest music videos, “Holla-Loo-Yuh” & “Learn Truth”. This week the video for “Learn Truth” featuring Talib Kweli has received over 240,000 YouTube views, 59,000 Soundcloud plays. It also can be seen hitting #1 on Rapnetwork Record Breakers and Rapattacklives.com. The video is a perfect visual interpretation of the fast-paced and politically-charged lyrics of the track. It can be viewed on MTV Jams as well. His other video called “Holla-Loo-Yuh” featuring Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko has received over 250,000 YouTube views plus over 62,000 Views on WorldStarHipHop, and 64,000 Soundcloud plays.
Having done over 500 shows in the past few years with the likes of Snoop Dog, Odd Future, Maclemore, Atmosphere, Busta Rhymes and the list goes on, R.A The Rugged Man is now on a world tour which is selling out shows everywhere. His Canadian tour starts this week. Afterwards he’ll be headed over to Europe in August to headline Hip Hop Kemp with Kendrick Lamar and KRS-1. He will also be seen rocking the stage in Switzerland with Mac Miller, Yellawolf and Wu-Tang Clan. He’ll then be headed back to the U.S. headlining with Too Short and Ghostface Killa at the AC3 festival in Atlanta.
The Bullitts DEBUT ALBUM Out NOW (Jay Electronica, Mos Def, & More)
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The latest chapter in The Bullitts impressive story is the much-anticipated release of the Debut CD:
They Die By Dawn And Other Stories Out NOW
2013 is the year of The Bullitts. In just a few months The Bullitts (aka music renaissance man Jeymes Samuel) has gone from underground genius to a sought after creative force of nature.
In less than six months The Bullitts has served as executive music consultant on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby (handpicked for the gig by Jay-Z,) released the genre busting single: “They Die By Dawn”(featuring Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Lucy Liu and Jay Electronica.) And premiered a buzzed much about short film for the single that features Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Michael K. Williams. The accompanying video premiered exclusively through VEVO.
More On The Bullitts: The Bullitts is A Man. A Plan. A Movement. The Bullitts is the musical moniker for U.K. Based singer/ songwriter/producer/ filmmaker/ renaissance man Jeymes Samuel. The Bullitts is an evolution and revolution in music and film. A well-rounded talent who not only creates groundbreaking music in the form of unforgettable songs, but also directs classic visuals and movies that accompanies them.
The Bullitts has written/produced/collaborated with everyone from Tori Amos and Charlotte Gainsbourg to Jay-Z and actresses Lucy Liu and Rosario Dawson. As well as hip-hop lyricist Jay Electronica. The Bullitts time is now.
“The Bullitts isn’t a band, it’s not an outfit, it’s just the moniker that I make music under. I guess in this instance, one man is a plural”
--- Jeymes Samuel
As the July 30th release date of his self-written and directed short film, "Dirty Laundry: Greed Has No Face" draws near, Feli (Felony) Fame treats us with another example of his visual creativity. "Drop Dead Gorgeous" serves as a tribute of sorts both to all of the beautiful people in the world and to those that have sacrificed much in their attempts to grasp or hold on to the 'American Dream.' The video was produced by Nick Rio, directed by Anthony Scott Deperto and conceptualized by Feli himself.
Video: Noelz Vedere f/ Sir Michael Rocks - "High Class" (Studio Session)
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Noelz Vedere is a 23-year old Artist born and raised in Chicago, IL. Showcasing his advanced song writing skill, sharp delivery presence, unorthodox rhyming and smooth melodics, Noelz is destined to be the next big thing for the new generation of talent.
Futuristic Mob is collaboration album between Bay Area standout The Jacka & Dubble-OO who team up to give the West Coast a breath of fresh air with there Mob influenced audio landscape. The LP is a guaranteed crowd pleaser with standout tracks "Time Standin Still" f/ J.Stalin, "VIP" f/ E-40 (produced by Droop-E) & many more.
Video: Blow "Can I Live" w/ intro from NFL Star & IME CEO Thomas Jones
Here is "Can I Live", the latest video from St. Petersburg, Florida IME lyricist/songwriter Blow! Independently Major CEO Thomas Jones intros the video, and they share a snippet of Blow's official single "All I Do Is Ball" featuring French Montana, which has been enjoying success on the Billboard Top Singles and R&B/Hip Hop Singles charts!
Having caught the attention of blogs and sites around the world with their Goin Nottz mixtape released last year, DJ double act The Best Men are back with the second installment of their producer mixtape series.
Paying homage to the production wizardry of Seattle’s very own Jake One, The Jake One-ders comes with Jake’s stamp of approval. Putting tracks old and new back to the top of our playlists, this collection is a true testament to the career of one of the West Coast’s most sought after producers. Please click on this link to take you to the free download of the project and the Soundcloud stream http://www.bestmenmusic.com/ .
The Best Men will be in Croatia this weekend at the Fresh Island Festival, which sees Snoop Lion headlining with A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea Nefew and many more hitting the stage.
In regards to the following i'd first like to say much love and appreciation for all of the recent support. With that said recently I teamed up with a crew of emcees and producers titled OGTOMK ( Organic. Geniuses. Tribe. Of. Mass. Killas.) Myself "Avant-Garde" along with the other 7 members have formed in efforts to assist eachother and build as one entity.About a week ago we released our first crew mixtape "OGTOMK Vol 1".