We take great pleasure in joining up with the Elements crew to present the main Hip Hop event of the term as we welcome R.A.The Rugged Man to The HiFi Club stage! Support on the night comes from Sangria Kong, TMS & BT3K.
R.A. Thorburn, better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, is an American rapper. 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.
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 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), R.A. signed with independent label Nature Sounds and released his official debut, Die, Rugged Man, Die. In 2013, R.A. released his second album, Legends Never Die. 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, The Source, The Ring (magazine), and more. He wrote and produced the cult film Bad Biology, and also hosts the web series "Film School" on MTV's Film.com.
Elements started as a Leeds based online community setup, to provide a platform for like-minded people within the hip hop scene to share their tastes and interests. Since then, it has developed into a free-formed collective of creatives, whose intention it is to bring progressive energy to the Leeds hip hop movement. In recent times, Elements has held host to such artists as Chester P, JonWayne, Kutmah and Onoe Caponoe amongst others.
Do not miss this folks... it's gonna be a show and a half!
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