Author Archives: Rugged N Raw

About Rugged N Raw

Rugged N Raw has solidified himself as one of the best artists around. He separates himself with his ability to perform in all environments and venues, even if he is the only hip-hop feature, using universally relatable lyrics and an unmatched stage presence. RNR has garnered press from Entertainment Weekly and performed at the 2009 Rocksteady Crew Anniversary main stage event. In 2010, he embarked in a three week UK tour and in the U.S. toured in Denver, Ft. Collins, Greeley & Syracuse. He was a finalist at the 2008 Discmakers/Billboard Independent Music World Series, finalist for the America’s Next Urban Superstar award at the 2009 Urban Music Awards & featured at the 2008 Baltimore Music Conference. The hit single “I’m Broke And Proud” was aired on FUSE Network, Video Music Box (Hosted by Ralph McDaniels) and received press in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and New York Magazine. He was also featured on Cipha Sounds’ Morning Show on Eminem’s Shade 45 channel on Sirius. The album Truth Serum was rated as a top 10 indie release of 2008 on quite a few sites, including KevinNottingham.com & RapReviews.com and went on a successful 14 city tour in the fall. Rugged N Raw has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Budden, Rakim, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Immortal Technique, Sean Price, DJ Premier, Brand Nubian, The Cinematic Orchestra, and many more RNR teamed up with Hasan Salaam for a new project entitled Mohammad Dangerfield released in February 2011 on Viper Records. They performed 5 shows at South By Southwest (SXSW) and Boston University. in March 2011 then went to California as special guests on Immortal Technique’s set at the Paid Dues Festival and went to Oakland as well in April 2011. Rugged N Raw’s music is lively, honest and tells everyday stories, whether humorous or serious. No two songs are alike. He is a true versatile wordsmith with the perfect instrumentals to accent the lyrics. RNR tells the tale of both the superhero and the unassuming alter ego.

New Video – Split Personality

June 9th, 2015 by

Well guys, after saying that new music is on the way for a long time, it’s finally here!! I present to you the newest video “Split Personality” Directed by yours truly with help from my homie Stephen Baron. I did the beat for this too! Most of the album is produced by me. Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube page to see more of the videos! Enjoy y’all!

16 Bar Challenge

January 5th, 2015 by

Hey everyone and Merry New Year. I have recorded and uploaded this new verse. It’s something I scrapped from Anomaly Book 2 but I think it’s still really dope. Enjoy

New Music Soon On The Way!!

October 17th, 2014 by

Hey party people. I haven’t written on here in a long time, but believe it’s not from a lack of productivity. I’ve been taking more time to make sure the music for Anomaly Book 2 is right! And it sure is sounding right!! Within a few weeks, you will be able to hear what I’ve been working on!! I explain a little more in this clip!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdR9wQIcZtA Thank you all for your patience and I will not let you down!

New Video: “Forever Gone”

April 2nd, 2013 by

“Forever Gone”
Rugged N Raw featuring M. Josephine
Album: Anomaly Book 1
Produced by GIMJ

This is the 2nd video from Rugged N Raw off the Anomaly Book 1 album. Directed by Iron Wolves Productions (Mitchell Espinoza, Ronald Aragon & Yasser Lanzas) Produced by GIMJ.

This song was inspired by the events taking place in 1979 with the Etan Patz story. I first heard about this story when I was very, very young and I never forgot it. Just wanted to bring the awareness. http://www.missingkids.com has more info on missing and exploited children everywhere. All children deserve a fair chance at a full and prosperous life.