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."
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.