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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 & 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.

Pre-Order Anomaly Book 2 NOW!!

November 15th, 2016 by

Anomaly Book 2 is almost here!!! While December 1st is the official release date, you can pre-order the album today through the store section of the website, or on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms. Tonight, I will be doing a quick 15 min Facebook Live at about 9pm talking a little bit about the project, maybe even let some of it play in the background. Hope to catch some of y’all tuning in tonight.


New Video – Readjustment

June 15th, 2016 by

Hey guys! While Anomaly Book 2 is being mixed, I figured I would give you guys something to listen to. Hope you like it.

Radio Appearance Monday!

October 1st, 2015 by

Hey y’all! This Monday, I will be a special guest on WHCR’s Equilibruim Radio show. We’ll be having a good time playing some new music. You can either go online to or if you happen to live in Harlem, NYC then you can tune in to 90.3FM! Either way, hope you guys can tune in! Thanks.


September 22nd, 2015 by

Happy Midnight all! I have dropped a brand new video this early, early AM called “Every 5 Minutes” off the upcoming album Anomaly Book 2. Shot in Boston and Directed by Kendall Paul. Watch below and enjoy. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the YouTube page. Thanks y’all

RNR August Shows

August 12th, 2015 by

Good day everyone. I know I have been terrible about announcing my shows lately, but that stops now! I have two shows in August. One is for the monthly WORDS showcase at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe this Saturday August 15th. Doors at 10pm. I’m rockin all new songs, including the lead single “Split Personality” and my second single, which you might like even more!
The second show is Friday August 27th at Local Project. The address is 11-27 44th Road (between 21st and 11th Street)
Long Island City Queens. Come out to either one, or hell, both!! In September, I will give you more info on when Anomaly Book 2 is coming out. Thank you.