13 Jun 2015

RA The Rugged Man

R.A. the Rugged Man

R.A. the Rugged Man Photo: Courtesy of R.A. the Rugged Man

R.A. Thorburn, better known as R.A. the Rugged Man, is a bona fide yet largely unheralded rap legend, having made music with names like The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy’s Chuck D throughout his colourful two decade-plus career. In the country this week for shows in Wellington and Auckland, he presents a listening session of true school hip hop classics, with selections from MC Shan to Slick Rick.

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Music details

Artist: MC Shan
Song: The Bridge
Composer: S.Moltke, M.Williams
Album: Down By Law
Label: Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records

Artist: Eric B. & Rakim
Song: Microphone Fiend
Composer: E.Barrier, W.Griffin Jr.
Album: Follow the Leader
Label: Uni Records

Artist: Slick Rick
Song: Children's Story
Composer: R.Walters
Album: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Label: Def Jam, Columbia, CBS

Artist: LL Cool J
Song: Jack the Ripper
Composer: J.Smith
Album: Going Back to Cali single
Label: Def Jam