Biography

Photo by Ty Saruki

Photo by Ty Saruki

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.

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Radio, Tours, and Live Performances

92Y|Tribeca
Apache Cafe (Atlanta, GA)
Axiom Studios (Newark, NJ)
Baltimore Music Conference (Dundalk, MD)
Bar 169
Black Star Music & Video
Blaggard’s Pub
Bowery Poetry Club
Bronx Community College
Brooklyn Bodega Radio
BU Central (Boston)
Central Park Summer Stage
Centre Francais – Urban Letters Festival (Berlin, Germany)
Club Flavas (Newark, NJ)
Club Speed
Conspiracy Radio Worldwide
Court Tavern (New Brunswick, NJ)
Crash Mansion (2008 Discmakers IMWS Finalist)
Crimson Lounge
Dingbatz (Clifton, NJ)
Don Hill’s
The Down Below (Tallahassee, FL)
Downtime
East River Park Amphitheater
El Centro Su Teatro (Denver, CO)
Equilibrium Radio
Fat Beats NY (Truth Serum In-Store)
The Friends Neighborhood Guild (Philadelphia, PA)
FUSE Network (Hip Hop President Finalist)
The Graduate (Charlotte, NC)
Greene Street (Greensboro, NC)
Grisly Pear
Gumpy Gandules Radio Show
Irving Plaza
The Halftime Show with DJ Eclipse & Marz
Hard Luck Bar (Toronto)
Higher Ground (S. Burlington, VT)
Highline Ballroom (Black August Hip Hop Project)
JAMM (London, UK)
Joe’s Pub
Knitting Factory (NYC)
Latin Quarter
Lehman College
Listening Party with Jenelle Simone (WKRB 90.3FM)
Littlefield
The Loft (Nottingham, UK)
M15
Magic Johnson Theatre (1st & 2nd Annual Rapathon)
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)
Martini Red
Mary Mcleod Bethune Life Center (NJ)
The New Parish (Oakland, CA)
Nightingale’s
Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe
The Old Bay (New Brunswick, NJ)
Ohmygosh Records (Nottingham, UK)
OS Art House
Paid Dues Festival (San Bernadino, CA)
Peppers
Piano’s
Public Assembly
Pussycat Lounge
Pyramid Night Club (EOW/End of the Weak)
R Bar
R&R (Club Rare)
Real Deal Radio
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective
Rehab Nightclub (Swindon, UK)
Remote Lounge
The Rest Is Noise (London, UK)
Rhythm-N-Soul Radio Show with DJ King James
Rise Up Radio
Rock Steady Anniversary (Newark, NJ)
Rothko
The Rotunda (Philadelphia, PA)
Santos Party House
Shrine World Music Palace
Show & Prove Radio with Harrabic Tubman
Sin Sin
Sirius Radio / Shade 45 (Cipha Sounds Effect Show)
Sluggo’s (Pensacola, FL)
SOB’s

The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ)
SXSW
Tatame Sake Lounge (Winter Park, FL)
The Point (Bronx)
Turntableizm Radio Show
Tutu Strand @ King’s College (London, UK)
UC Lounge
The Underground (Greensboro, NC)
Underground Railroad Radio with DJ Acrojam (WVFS 89.7 FM • Tallahassee, FL)
University Of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)
Vibe Lounge (Washington Heights)
Video Music Box
Visions Ultra Lounge (Richmond, VA)
Voodoo Lounge
WBAI (99.5FM)
WKCR (89.9FM)
WNYU (89.1FM)
Worth Lounge