R.A. The Rugged Man On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

R.A. The Rugged Man On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, and producer:

R.A. The Rugged Man

Here's what they got into:

  • R.A.'s signature self-deprecation taking the edge off his shock humor
  • The birth of his daughter changing him and "First Born" song's themes of embracing fatherhood
  • The state of cancel culture and sex workers being judged by the self-righteous
  • Breaking down R.A.'s classic, "Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story" about his father
  • His father buying him his first rap album and turning him onto old school soul
  • Growing up in the same neighborhood as his idol Biz Markie
  • Being blackballed over accusations of R.A. inciting riots at shows
  • Linking up with the Notorious B.I.G. on "Cunt Renaissance"
  • Why R.A. felt compelled to write the track "Every Record Label Sux Dikk"
  • Ego Trip's quote of Biggie's saying, "And I thought I was the illest"
  • Bringing in a stripper, vibrator, and old mattress to a Rawkus Records photo shoot
  • R.A.'s recorded argument with boxer Floyd Mayweather
  • The black comedy horror film, "Bad Biology", that R.A. produced and co-wrote
  • Taking rapper A-F-R-O on tour after he won R.A.'s "Definition Of A Rap Flow"
  • Getting choked up recording "The Legends Never Die" about his father's passing
  • How words like "whiteboy" and "cracker" have never offended R.A.
  • Being caught in the middle of a feud between Talib and rapper Remedy
  • R.A. vocally paying homage to the legends that built the house of rap
  • MF Doom being known to send someone else to shows in his place donning the mask
  • Taking strong influence from the legendary Kool G Rap
  • Breaking down the songs "All My Heroes Are Dead" and "Angelic Boy"
  • Debating if mass shooter's names should be made public or not
  • The Astroworld concert tragedy and Travis Scott being blamed for the deaths that occurred
  • R.A.'s song "Gotta Be Dope" and A-F-R-O's crazy verse on the track
  • Sean Price being a top comedic rapper of all-time
  • The potential Verzuz battles of Nas, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and Missy Elliott
  • The army of rap royalty features on his 2020 release 'All My Heroes Are Dead'
  • Breaking down the songs "Who Do We Trust?" and the "Montero (Lil Nas X Remix)"
  • People's claims of Nas X's imagery in his music and performances turn people gay
  • What fans of R.A. can expect next from him

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