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The Best Albums of 2013 (So Far)

38. R.A. The Rugged Man Legends Never Die

Label: Nature Sounds

R.A. The Rugged Man is known for a rapid-fire flow, ridiculous breath control, and a brutally uncompromising style. The last bit is the reason why R.A. has not become a household name despite once going toe to toe on wax with the late Notorious B.I.G. It's also the reason why his latest album, Legends Never Die, is so engaging. Who else would name a song "Shoot Me in the Head," with a refrain that begins "I'm a piece of shit, I'm a fucking fat fuck?" Who else would say "I get Louis Farrakhan dating a platinum blonde/I get skinheads bowing to Mecca and praying to Islam"? Who else would sample the groovy "Reach Out Of The Darkness" by Friend & Lover and rap over it at breakneck speed? It's not all shock and awe rap though; amidst the moments of zany insanity are straightforward bangers like the Apathy-produced anthem "People's Champ." Ultimately, R.A. gets away it because he's equipped with the precision and skills to get away with it. Here's to a still living legend. —Dharmic X

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