R.A. The Rugged Man Names Top 5 Emcees

R.A. The Rugged Man picks his top five (seven) emcees to ever do it and never leaves the East Coast.

R.A. The Rugged Man has always been known to pledge his allegiance to The Big Apple and recently, the Long Island, New York emcee did it again.

In naming his top five favorite emcees with SOHH, the rapper named seven (two spots were ties) and gave his reasons why.

For his top selection(s), R.A. had two members of the Juice Crew take the number one spot claiming that they were the most consistent and most influential.

"ACE might be the most consistent MC's of all time," he said. "He has been a top tier MC since the late 80's and still is a Top tier MC today... And Tragedy isn't as consistent as ACE album wise but is most likely the more influential and lyrical MC's of the two. Without Tragedy NAS or Mobb Deep would not exist. He was one of the heaviest influences on the entire Queensbridge sound and not to mention one of the most lyrical MC's on the planet since he was 14 years old."

The rest of the top five consisted of Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh at #5, Redman at #4, Chuck D at #3 and Kool Moe Dee at #2.

R.A. The Rugged Man has worked with artists named on his top five list including Chuck D as they collaborated on the song "Enemy Nation" with Illus. He also confirmed Masta Ace as a guest on his upcoming LP Legends Never Die on the song "The Dangerous Three" with Brother Ali.

Read the full story over at SOHH.

UPDATE: R.A. The Rugged Man contacted HipHopDX to clarify that that his list is not ranked. He also said that by SOHH's list rules, he was not to include Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane or Rakim, who are all among his favorites.

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158 Comments

  • huh?

    Who the F is RA the rugged? man wtf?

  • Anonymous

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  • one of the best

    Styles P ft Redman and Method Man - I Get High Remix

  • rulator3k

    - 1. Ja rule 2. Ja rule 3. Ja rule 4. Ja rule 5. Ja rule

  • jarule4life

    no ja rule on there?? get the fuck out here cracka!

  • Anonymous

    Tech N9ne Chino XL Eminem R.A. The Rugged Man Nas Tupac Pharoahe Monche Z-Ro tha Crooked Swoope

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Top 5 Better Rappers Than 50 Cent: Meek Mill Rick Ross Ja Rule Willow Smith Val Kilmer

  • Ricky Rozay

    Rick Ross Projects Port of Miami: 8.5/10 Trilla: 9/10 Deeper Than Rap: 8/10 Albert Anastasia EP: 10/10 Teflon Don: 10/10 Ashes To Ashes: 7.5/10 Rich Forever: 10/10 God Forgives, I Dont: 9/10 Black Bar Mitzvah: 7/10 50 has ONE album over 8/10 (grodt) Bawse!!!!!!!!

  • Dat Cracka

    All my favorite rappaz are black #JustSayin

  • Anonymous

    Top 5 Most Inspirational Rappers: Grand Master B Jeffrey Atkins Diggy Snow YBT

  • Anonymous

    "Most of Jay-Z's album are just bragging" Most of 50 Cent's albums are about him bragging.

  • wu wear

    Pac Ghostface Scarface Big L Big Pun Biggie Big Daddy Kane Andre 3K Eminem Nas Jay Z Cube

  • Anonymous

    DYLAN..DYLAN..DYLAN..DYLAN DYLAN..LOL WTF DOES A JEW FROM RICH ISLAND KNOW ABOUT HIP HOP..TRU WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT OPINIONS JUST LIKE ASSHOLES WE ALL GOTEM

    • Hip Hop Fan

      Isn't Drake who most people say is the number one rapper in the game Jewish? I think he is. What does religion have anything to do with rap?

  • TaZzZ

    Andre 3000 Pharoahe Monch Eminem Tech N9ne Nas Fuck with it

  • Na$

    This dude only stays on the underground artists like himself. Hows he not gonna mention Pac Eminem and Nas wtf???? Tech nine?? rino?? canibus or big l??? Dudes always jealous of eminem too RA is a pretty good rapper tho

  • The Realnesst

    And that's real...

  • Tha Realnesst

    1. Lil Wayne 2. Drake 3. Future 4. Lil B 5. Trinidad James Runners up: Bow Wow, Lil Twist, Chief Keef

  • Anonymous

    - EMINEM - Kendrick Lamar - Ab-Soul - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - Wu-Tang Clan

  • JaMon

    1. Ja rule 2. Ja rule 3. Ja rule 4. Ja rule 5. ja rule

  • Anonymous

    Smh ppl leaving out Lupe.

    • wu wear

      It seems as if Lupe garners little respect among his peers, not really surprising considering his prepubescent rants and constant bitch fits.

    • A-Game

      Lupe is a dope MC and used to be my favorite rapper, but in order for him to be considered one of the greats he has to start being more consistent with his albums and rap over beats that fit him better. He's currently 2 out of 4 so he's still has to prove himself IMO.

  • Anonymous

    My top 5 : Eminem 2pac nas biggie immortal

  • Doubl Negative

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  • HIP HOP'S ADVOCATE

    MY TOP MC'S IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: RAKIM 2PAC EMINEM THE D.O.C LL COOL J BIG DADDY KANE KRS-ONE KOOL G. RAP SLICK RICK RUN DMC KOOL MOE DEE CHUCK D GURU NAS BIGGIE JAY-Z METHOD MAN DMX JADAKISS BIG L BIG PUN GZA RAEKWON GHOSTFACE KILLA EPMD MOBB DEEP AZ ICE CUBE MC REN DJ QUIK E40 SPICE 1 SNOOP XZIBIT MACK 10 GAME PARIS RAS KASS SCARFACE ANDRE 3000 EIGHTBALL BUN B T.I. LUDACRIS BIG BOI BIG MIKE THE CLIPSE KILLER MIKE CHAMILLIONAIRE BUSTA RHYMES REDMAN TWISTA ROYCE DA 5'9" OBIE TRICE TECH 9 COMMON MOS DEF TALIB KWELI KANYE WEST BLACK THOUGHT MASTA ACE CANNIBUS KEITH MURRY JERU THE DAMAJA IMORTAL TECHNIQUE MC LYTE LAURYN HILL QUEEN LATIFAH MISSY ELLIOTT LIL KIM FOXY BROWN BOSS DA BRAT MS. JADE SHAWNNA EVE JEAN GRAE RAH DIGGA LADY OF RAGE MIA X REMY MA CONSCIOUS DAUGHTERS

  • The South > Y'all Niggas

    1 - Young Jeezy 2 - Big K.R.I.T. 3 - Gucci Mane 4 - Plies 5 - Scarface

  • Anonymous

    Papoose Nas Ghostface killah Redman Tragedy khadafi Styles p and jadakiss Big pun Canibus DMX Eminem

  • FOR SURE

    Kool G Rap Big L Raekwon KRS-One Nas

  • JAPOWER

    Ja Rule should be #1 on his list.

  • YEBO

    WHY IRRELEVANT RAPPERS LIKE THIS ONE HERE EVEN MAKE THEIR TOP 5? AFTER THE COVER OF LEGENDARY CLASSICS NOBODY TAKES HIM SERIOUSLY.

  • The Shire

    1. Akala 2. Mystro 3. Dizzee Rascal 4. Plan B 5. Wiley

  • Anonymous

    1. Canibus(come on, give the man his props) 2. Biggie 3. Big Pun 4. Big L 5. R.A.

  • Nafan

    I forgot Andre 3000. Put him at number 20.

  • Nafan

    A lot of people don't realise that on this list he has to leave out 10 rappers. R.a has always said biggie is the greatest emcee. On sohh they ask you to say a top 5 without mentioning biggie, PAC, jay z, Kool g rap, big daddy Kane, Nas, ice cube, eminem, rakim, krs one and scarface. That's why none of the above are on his list. Like I said he has always said biggie is his favourite emcee. My list 1. Biggie 2. Rakim 3. Krs one 4. Nas 5. Jay z 6. 2pac 7. ll cool j 8. Scarface 9. Ice cube 10. Koop g rap 11. Big daddy Kane 12. Masta ace 13. Az 14. Gza 15. Slick rick 16. Chuck d 17. Jeru the damaja 18. Big l 19. Guru 20. Big punisher 21. Redman 22. Black thought 23. Prodigy 24. Eminem 25. Canibus Honourable mention. Tragedy khadafi, q tip, cormega, lauryn hill, Kool moe dee, queen latifah, meth, ghost, rae, d.o.c, etc

    • Bram Gesink

      Thanks for clearing that up about the ten he can't say, that makes his list a lot more realistic and respectable. Seems like a very important bit of info though, wonder why it doesn't say that in the article

  • Anonymous

    lol @ Masta Ace being a top tier emcee. I like him, but he sounds dated sometimes

  • anon

    Redman over Method??? hmmm... I don't know about that.

  • Da Enigma

    Most of the people who comment on the site are still students and don't understand hiphop. There is a hugh misconception between people's favourite top 5 and the top 5 emcees of all time. A lot of you children who misunderstand judge the top rappers on how much money they're making, how many albums they have, if they're current, their age and other irrelevance. If you have a top favourite then that's cool because you like who you like, whether the rapper is wack or not, but the top emcees of all time are the ones who stood for something great as lyrically talented emcees who stuck to the script of the true essence of the artform and culture of hiphop and also updated their formula within the times. This doesn't mean the emcee should be talking about, how much money they make, hoes and materialism. Its about blessing us with the journey they've been through as an artists and expressing situations who made them who they are today. So you can't compare your own personal top rappers to the best of all time.

  • Anonymous

    10.Talib Kweli 9. Lauryn Hill 8.KRS-ONE/Big Daddy Kane 7.Kool G Rap 6.Masta Ace 5.Andre 3000 4.Rakim 3.Big Pun 2.Redman 1.Nas Nice to see an ill mc with a legitimate top 5 instead os all these dumbfucks with the same lists.

  • Anonymous

    1. Jay Z 2. OutKast 3. Kanye West 4. J Cole 5. Pac and Biggie (tie)

  • Lamberrt

    In random order: -LL Cool J -Redman -Eminem -Biggie -Rev Run -KRS-One -Busta Rhymes -Jadakiss -Jay-Z -Del The Funkee Homosapien Why? Because for me it is important to be MC, not a rapper. Its not only about technique, it is about charisma.

  • one

    1. Nas 2. MF Doom 3. Common 4. Ice Cube 5. Ghostface/Raekwon (tie)

  • Anonymous

    here's the real Top5 ...based on the things these cats did in hiphop (lyrics 2) 1.Eminem 2.2pac 3.Biggie 4.Nas 5.Jay Z

  • this gun kicks

    nas so lyrical just look at his resume illmatic lost tapes stillmatic gods son life is good he still rhymes as good now as when he came out eminem insane wordplay flow just destroys beats all the time jadakiss ive never heard a bad verse from him so dope ghostface killah best discography ever all his albums are quality styles p hardest out ghost in the shell and ghost in the machine 2 the greatest mixtapes ever and gangster and a gentleman classic

  • my top dead or alive

    My Top 20 1. atmosphere (slug) 2. mac lethal 3. immortal technique 4. mars ill (manchild) 5. eminem 6. eyedea (RIP) 7. Aesop Rock 8. Notorious Big (RIP) 9. MF Doom 10. Vinnie Paz 11. 2pac (RIP) 12. Mr. Lif 13. Guru (RIP) 14. eCID 15. Asher Roth 16. Wax 17. Tonedeff 18. Talib Kweli 19. The Grouch 20. Big Pun (RIP)

    • my top dead or alive

      Thats why it MY list not top underground rappers, and what do you consider underground? Independent? What they don't place on radio? so your comment is irrelevant. And yes i am talking about ecid from MN. Yeah his concerts arent the best.

    • anon

      Ecid from MN?? Or another Ecid?? I just played a show with him. He's creative, and talented no doubt but, he can't put a show together. Place was dead.

    • Anonymous

      haha right man, too much mainstream in there, wht are you rhinking

    • Anonymous

      ur list is irelevant...there is not enough underground in there

  • dj nemesis

    wow somebody finally put Redman in their top 5...i thought eminem was the only...redman is too raw

  • Anonymous

    Man this is the real top 5 1. 2pac 2. Nas 3. Immoral Technique 4. AZ (most underrated) 5. Kool G Rap (most underappreciated)

  • hahah

    Hhaah you niggas make me laugh... Forgetting to put weezy in the top five, its like you just forget what he did earlier in his career and how much he dominated the game. Sure he fell off cuz he said it himself he dont like to rap no more but god damn no other rapper has done what hes done, he holds all the records. fucking fags

  • Anonymous

    1. Nas 2. Z-Ro 3. Elzhi 4. tech n9ne 5. Sean Price btw this is my opinion

  • mightaswellput

    1 Paris Hilton 2 Soulja Boi 3 Justin beeper 4 Chris brown 5 Tim Mcgraw

  • Anonymous

    irrelevent ass nigga mentions more irrelecent niggas. The real. top 5 are 1)Drake 2)Kendrick 3)Jcole 4)Cudi(once he drops his albun he will rise) 5)Asap Rocky

    • Anonymous

      if kanye would have either stayed at the same pace or gotten better after late registration i would agree...but he gotten considerably worse..MBTF was horrawful, graduation day was equally bad, and watch the throne should have been much better ( cant lie, i digged otis)

    • Retarded

      1. Future 2. 2 Chainz 3. Nicki Minaj 4. Kanye West(when IAMGOD drops) 5. Chris Brown

    • Anonymous

      maybe your top 5 yea..definitely not factual at all....these are just the mainstream rappers that get airplay..i could name at least 20 rappers without much hesitation that would absolutely KILL these guys if they laid down verses for the same song...oh, and kendricks not THAT good eevrybody..i like that he uses lyricism but hes got A LOT of work to do before he reaches his hero Nasty Nas

  • Anonymous

    A dope MC will never mention a MC that is better then himself.

  • hov da god

    Fuck yall niggaz my list is the best you got my man HOV in first and after that you got B.I.G after DMX Ja Rule and my nigga Jeezy

  • Anonymous

    TOP 5 -BABY FARTS -RIPE KUMQUATS -DINGLE BERRIES -ALF -GILBERT GODFREY

  • Anonymous

    Watching fools online argue with each other about their opinions is amusing. I'd list my top 5 but on second thought I'd rather not argue with egomaniacs about the music I choose to listen to. RA's list was cool tho

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick all day motherfuckers. Not the best yet, but he'll be top 5 in a few years.

  • Anonymous

    1. Ghostface Killah (best discography of all time) 2. Eminem 3. Nas 4. Black Thought (most underrated of all time) 5. Jay-Z

    • Anonymous

      GZA has the beats RZA has the brains (and acting, his new movie was sick) meth n red have the best songs (oh, How High was great too) raekwon has the lyrics ghostface is the most versaitle, he can do it all

    • Oz. F

      If Ghostface is on any list Raekwon better be above it cause buddy had the hardest verses in all of wu

  • erod86

    No one has a better combination of flow, lyrics, creativity and punchlines than Eminem. Name any rapper's best verse and I'll find 10 eminem verses that are better. #GOAT

  • Nafan

    1. Biggie 2. Rakim 3. Krs one 4. Nas 5. Jay z 6. 2pac 7. ll cool j 8. Scarface 9. Ice cube 10. Koop g rap 11. Big daddy Kane 12. Masta ace 13. Az 14. Gza 15. Slick rick 16. Chuck d 17. Jeru the damaja 18. Big l 19. Guru 20. Big punisher 21. Redman 22. Black thought 23. Prodigy 24. Eminem 25. Canibus Honourable mention. Tragedy khadafi, q tip, cormega, lauryn hill, Kool moe dee etc

  • A Person

    1. Rakim 2. Nas 3. GZA 4. Masta Ace 5. eLZhi I could also add RZA, ODB, Big Pun, Big L, Biggie, Pac, and a handful of others (Big Daddy Kane, Guru, etc.). Maybe throw in KRS One too. Maybe a tad farther down the list would be guys like Apathy, Black Milk and BIG KRIT, since they are on their way to becoming all time greats.

    • Anonymous

      im with you man..elzhi's on my top 5...and buddy, hes dropped a lot of hot shit actuall..the preface, witness my growth, the leftovers, and elmatic...plus most people dont even want him on their album for the sole fact that they dont want a silver or bronze medal

    • A Person

      I put eLZhi on there because I see him as a unique talent that is on the level of these other guys as a lyricist and an artist, its not a matter of discography in his case.

    • Anonymous

      You on Elzhi's nuts. He's not that good. Wait till he has a better discography. One hot album doesn't make him top 5

    • erod86

      ELZHI!!!! Dude is hella underrated. I can't wait til he drops his next joint.

  • Anonymous

    R.A THE RUGGED MAN IS BY FAR THE BEST HIP HOP ARTIST IVE EVER HERD SO NASTY MUCH RESPECT R.A

  • ht

    1. Scarface 2. Z-ro 3. Nas 4. Biggie 5. 2pac

  • dgh

    1. Ashanti 2. Bieber 3. Eminem 4. Macklemore 5. Drake 6. Gucci Mane 7. Jay-Z 8. Wacka Flocka 9. Lil Wayne 10. Kanye West/Project Pat (couldn't decide)

  • Cloughdad

    5.Nas 4.RZA 3.Pac 2.B.I.G. 1.Big L Honorable Mentions: Eminem, Method Man, Hi Rez, Big Pun, and Logic

  • Anonymous

    1. 2Pac 2. Nas 3. Big L 4. Biggie 5. Kool G Rap 6. Ice Cube 7. Rakim 8. Big Daddy Kane 9. Big Pun 10.Canibus

    • Anonymous

      Nas at #2? lol Try an unbiased list next time.

    • fry

      I agree with a lot of your list, just not the order. 1. Canibus 2. Big Pun 3. Biggie 4. Nas 5. Kool G. Rap 6. Ghostface 7. Big L. 8. Rakim 9. GZA 10. Killah Priest (Listen to his new double album) Honorable mention - Tupac, Eminem, Big Daddy Kane, Jay-z, Black Thought, Jeru, Redman, Prodigy, Scarface, Apathy, Del tha Funkee Homosapien

  • Jinx

    TOP 5 BABBBY 1.Nas 2.Ghostface 3.Mos DEF Aka Yasiin Bey 4.Scarface 5.Common Honorable Mentions Raekwon , Talib Kweli

  • ok

    1.Nas 2.Eminem 3. 2Pac 4. Biggie 5.The Game

  • Born1

    Nasjavascript:void(null) Jay Elec Meth DMX (Raw as fuark) Blu Honorable Mentions to Kanye, Lupe, Elzhi (have yet to hear a weak bar from him) & Eminem

  • K1llBill

    1.Big Daddy Kane tie Rakim 2.Jay-Z 3. Notorious Big 4. Krs 1 tie Nas 5. MF Doom tie Tupac

  • Jake

    1: Nas 2: Slim Shady 3: Notorious B.I.G. 4: Kanye West 5: Tech N9ne 6: Chamillionaire 7: Busta Rhymes 8: Slim Thug 9: Snoop Dogg 10: 2Pac if you got any negative comments on my list I don't wanna hear them.

  • J

    Black thought Em Nas Guru Odrama Vin Laden & Jus Allah

  • Genuis

    Tupac over everybody.

  • Irv Gotti

    Ja Rule Cadillac Tah Chink Santana Charli Baltimore Ashanti It's Murda!

  • erod86

    These are the top 5 emcees. It's not a matter of opinion. It's just fact. 1) Eminem 2) Jay Z 3) Royce Da 6'3'' 4) Andre 3000 5) Big L

  • trooth

    Jay Z is the GOAT... Drake is 2nd.... Then Bizzy Bone...4 is Joe Budden... and 5 spot goes to Jada Kiss. Honorable mention.. Krayzie Bone

    • Mike

      Mentioning Drake in the same breath as those others on your list is ridiculous. I could name at least 50 off the top of my head that are miles ahead of Drake

  • Parasitic Worm

    You want objectivity with regards to a rapper's technical ability... well here's the sweet science.> http://rapgenius.com/posts/1669-The-rapper-s-flow-encyclopedia

  • Sunny

    My top 5 in no rank: Biggie Tupac Eminem Nas Game (Gonna prob get hate for this! but he's my fav rapper, guy has got 2 Great (debatably classic) albums in Documentary and Doctors Advocate and two Brilliant Albums (but not classics) in LAX and Jesus Piece, RED album was his worse and is still better than most. Give the guy credit he's a sick flow, top lyrics (not the best but still excellent), can bring passion and ferocity to the Mic, his only real pitfall is the number of features he has on his album ... plus he lacks radio hits which means his sales are low then again don't care about these shitty pop hits anyway and would never want him to go in that direction Game and Black Hippy only rappers that I rate atm! Big up the West

  • Anonymous

    Top 5 Most Brilliant Rappers Meek Mill Memphis Bleek The Guy With Down Syndrome From MOP Ace Hood MC Serch

  • Anonymous

    shitty list from a know body. Top 5 are -Eminem -Tupac -Jay z -Biggie -Nas

    • Ja Rule

      If Tah and Chink was here, y'all wouldn't be so brave. We'll turn the lights off on niggas.

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  • Power1911

    There's a reason why restaurants have menus - to accomodate various tastes. It all comes down to who a particular person enjoys. IMO: 1) Jay-Z (arguably and objectively the greatest MC of all time). 2) Biggie (unmatched to date in terms of delivery, presence, and classic hits besides Jay-Z). 3) Scarface (the reigning King of the South - lyrical genius). 4) Kool G. Rap (father to the spit-fire flow). 5) Tupac

  • YESSIR

    SEXIEST RAPPERS OF ALL-TIME 1. LIL WAYNE 2. RICK ROSS (DAT ASS) 3. HOPSIN 4. FUTURE 5. CHIEF KEEF 6. SOULJA BOY 7. GUCCI MANE 8. FLO RIDA 9. BIRDMAN 10. CHRIS BROWN

  • Anonymous

    Em Pac Rakim Kane Nas with honorable mentions to Jay and Notorious BIG

  • Cage

    Kool Moe Dee though?? lol...

  • Ja Rule

    eminem started on his emo pop rap bc ja rule made him very depressed

  • Ja Rule

    if it werent for ja rule 50 cent would never have a career

  • Ja Rule

    he forgot to mention ja rule, ja rule saved the east coast from extinction back in the early 00's so that deserves a mention..

  • Anonymous

    my top 5: -Biggie -Jay-Z -Nas -Rakim -Big Daddy Kane