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R.A. The Rugged Man, Afro, and Human Speakers
The Shaskeen
Manchester, NH
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R.A. The Rugged Man, Afro, and Human Speakers
R.A. the Rugged Man
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Not to be confused with Ruggedman.
R.A. the Rugged Man
R.A the Rugged Man at Hip Hop Kemp 2013.jpg
R.A. the Rugged Man in 2013
Background information
Birth name R.A. Thorburn
Also known as Crustified Dibbs
Origin Suffolk County, New York, US
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active 1992present
Labels Nature Sounds Records (current) Jive Records, Capitol Records, Priority Records (former)
Associated acts Vinnie Paz, Eamon, All Flows Reach Out, Masta Ace, The Notorious B.I.G., Timbo King, All Flows Reach Out
Website ratheruggedman.net

R.A. Thorburn better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, is an American rapper.[1] He began his music career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. After a nine-label bidding war for his services, R.A. signed to major label Jive Records at age 18. Eventually R.A. and the label parted ways. His first album, Night of the Bloody Apes, was never released.[2]

Since then, he has worked with the likes of Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, and Notorious B.I.G, as well as producers Erick Sermon, Trackmasters, DJ Quik, The Alchemist, J-Zone, and Ayatollah. He was featured on all three of Rawkuss Soundbombing albums, as well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album. After a brief stint on Capitol Records (during which he recorded another unreleased album, American Lowlife), R.A. signed with independent label Nature Sounds and released his official debut, Die, Rugged Man, Die.[3] In 2013, R.A. released his second album, Legends Never Die.[4] The album was released on April 30, 2013 by Nature Sounds.

In addition to his hip hop career, Thorburn has been active as boxing commentator and film critic. He has contributed to Vibe, King, Complex, Rides, XXL,[5]The Source, The Ring, among others. He wrote and produced the cult film Bad Biology, and also hosts the web series "Film School" on MTV's Film.com.


The Shaskeen (View)
909 Elm St.
Manchester, NH 03101
United States


Music > Hip Hop & Rap

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Shaskeen
On BPT Since: Mar 07, 2011
Joshua Ames

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