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R.A. The Rugged Man and special guests
The Shaskeen
Manchester, NH
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R.A. the Rugged Man
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Background information
Birth nameR.A. Thorburn
BornSuffolk County, New York, U.S.[1]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, producer
Years active1992present
LabelsNature Sounds Records, Ingrooves (current) Jive Records, Capitol Records, Priority Records (former)
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R.A. Thorburn, better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, is an American rapper and producer.[2] He began his music career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. Thorburn signed to major label Jive Records at age 18, but his debut album, Night of the Bloody Apes, was never released.[3]

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.[citation needed] He was featured on all three of Rawkus's 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), Thorburn signed with independent label Nature Sounds and released his official debut, Die, Rugged Man, Die.[4] In 2013, Thorburn released his second album, Legends Never Die, via Nature Sounds.[5]

In addition to his hip hop career, Thorburn has been active as boxing commentator and film critic.[citation needed] He has contributed to Vibe, King, Complex, Rides, XXL,[6] 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!


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