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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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6 Responses to "R.A. The Rugged Man Talks Kendick Lamar’s “Control” Verse, Calls Jay-Z’s New Music “Lazy”"
  • khordkutta says:

    havent listened to this yet, but the dudes @ deadendhiphop do a damn good job

  • Mitch 3K says:

    I cant get over the Irony of a guy who has released 2 studio albums in a 25 year career fixin his face to utter the words “Lazy” as an insult to another artist. No artist in rap defines the term better then R.A the Rugged Man

  • Tom says:

    Very good point Mitch. Even though, he is also right about it being a lazy sounding Jay-Z album.

  • dre and cool says:

    I am not sure about being lazy and releasing two albums…. based on interviews in the past from him i don’t really sense that…. but the bar is low…

  • the man the myth says:

    I think he was reffering to the album sounding like it was lazily done in the studio. After hearing that craptastic Jay Z album, RA is exactly right, that shit took no effort whatsoever. Good interview all in all. RA seems like a funny cat.

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