49. RA the Rugged Man
From: Long Island, NY
Signature Song: R.A. the Rugged Man f/ Agallah "Til My Heart Stops" (1997)
It's not like R.A. doesn't have some great collaborations under his belt. Since he dropped a few tracks on Rawkus' Soundbombing series, R.A. has worked with the likes of Jedi Mind Tricks, Sadat X, and the Notorious B.I.G. He's shown how competent he is on the mic in a lot of his collaborations with his hazed-out vocals and controlled flow, but it's understandable how he's been lost in the shuffle (See: Biggie's verse on "Cunt Renaissance").
He's like the rap game Luc Longley, solid and consistent, but can't really compare to the Michael Jordans or Scottie Pippens. His upcoming LP, Legends Never Die, should bring some more Rugged heat, though, and it features MCs like Tech N9ne and Talib Kweli.