Robin Fernando presents the return of R.A. the Rugged Man on his 'Shoot Me In The Head' New Zealand tour.
Film producer, writer, magazine journalist and legendary rapper in the hip-hop underground, R.A. Thorburn better known to the world as R.A. the Rugged Man, was the target of a nine-label bidding war when just a teenager, and signed to Jive Records in 1992 and Priority/Capital Records in 1998 before going independent in 2004 in which he released his indie hit album "Die, Rugged Man, Die!" which became a worldwide success.
R.A.'s musical resume not only speaks for itself, but has resulted in his teaming with some of the greatest artists in rap history - from Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, and the late great Notorious B.I.G. to multi-platinum producers Erick Sermon, Trackmasters, DJ Quick, Alchemist, Havoc, Buckwild, and Ayatolah. He was featured on all of Rawkus' Soundbombing albums alongside Redman, Eminem, and Mos Def; the platinum selling WWF Aggression album which featured Snoop Dogg and Method Man; and can even be heard in the blockbuster video game Tony Hawks Underground. When asked about R.A., The late great Notorious B.I.G. was once quoted as saying, "I thought I was the illest!"
In 2004 he released his first album Die, Rugged Man, Die on Brooklyn based label Nature Sounds. Thorburn has cameos in several music videos including Havoc from Mobb Deep's I'm the Boss, Sadat X's Throw the Ball and Old Man featuring Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard in one of ODB's final video appearances.