15 November, 2013@10:54 pm
While on a recent tour stop in Atlanta, R.A. The Rugged Man caught up with Dead End Hip Hop for an in-depth interview. After discussing the origins of the his recent collaboration “The Dangerous Three” with Brother Ali and Masta Ace (13:22) and detailing his upcoming work with Rakim (21:17), R.A. gives a candid assessment of the current state of lyricism.
The Rugged Man laments that Yeezus is the “worst rap album in five years” (26:10), explaining that Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse got so much attention because Kendrick is actually a “good rapper, he can rhyme” (26:30). He then explains that with “lazy” Jay-Z and “mediocre” Kanye West setting the bar for lyricism so low, Kendrick looks untouchable by comparison (26:50). R.A. concludes the discussion by praising less-publicized emcees like Reks and Elzhi (27:30), and claiming that while Jay-Z used to be “a ferocious lyricist,” he’s been coasting off his reputation for years (27:55).
R.A. The Rugged Man’s critically-acclaimed new album Legends Never Die has been hailed as one of the best hip hop albums of 2013. Featuring appearances from Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Hopsin, Vinnie Paz, Krizz Kaliko, Masta Ace, Eamon, and more, the album is now in stores everywhere. R.A. is currently on a nationwide tour alongside Potluck.
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