R.A. The Rugged Man - Legends Never Die

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Legends Never Die isn't perfect, but it showcases R.A. the Rugged Man's undeniable love for Hip Hop and a skill set that's as sharp as ever.

R.A. the Rugged Man cares. For all the brash “I don't give a fuck” talk that dominates his public persona, Legends Never Die is evidence the burly rapper with the manic flow has a heart for the craft, the culture, and the diehard fans.

It’s been nearly a decade since the Rugged Man put out a proper album. But from the first track on, it’s clear he hasn’t lost his touch. Producer Buckwild lays out a feel-good instrumental that gives off the vibe R.A. is pulling out a chair for you as he casually explains what he’s about (“being a great technician”), what he’s not about (“generic pop, novelty Rap”), and drops the right references that will get all the purists hype (“let’s get it started like Kool Herc did in that Sedgwick Avenue rec room”). It’s a great intro to what’s in store, but at the same time, it’s not what fans have been following the Suffolk County emcee throughout the years for.

They want to see him spaz on the mic. And spaz, he does.

The lead single, “The People’s Champ” features a relentless Rugged Man barreling through punchlines, referencing everyone from Hip Hop legends to pro fighters. It’s triumphant (Apathy comes correct with an anthemic production), blasphemous (“slap box God and sumo wrestle with Buddha”), and a little disgusting as he proceeds to sexually assault and then defecate on a drum set by the end of the third verse. “Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)” is an impressive exercise in flow and what will undoubtedly be a challenge of breath control in a live rendition. There’s barely any space for the beat to breathe.

But his most impressive display might be his verse on the Talib Kweli-assisted “Learn Truth.” It’s reminiscent of his acclaimed guest appearance on the Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story,” as he sums up a lot of the pain in the world, hopping from country to country, and jumping from historical events to present day without missing a beat.

For guest appearances, R.A. nabs a lot of crowd favorites. The aforementioned Talib Kweli spits one of his better verses in recent years. Cats like Brother Ali and Masta Ace (“The Dangerous Three”), Vinnie Paz and Sadat X (“Sam Peckinpah”), and Tech N9ne (“Holla-Loo-Yah”) are veterans in the game and show the diversity of the culture. They each turn in the type of verses that will inevitably spark debate over who outdid whom.

But it’s not all lyrical showmanship on the album.

On “Still Get Through the Day,” R.A. takes a moment to encourage listeners who are going through tough times. He shares losses from his own family, the Hip Hop community, and speaks on the general bullshit people go through. It’s a heartfelt track that might have been better without the somewhat generic chorus, where Eamon sings, “Wake up don’t cry / So sad inside / I still get through the day / I’m gonna make it anyway…” Still, it gets the job done. “Legends Never Die (Daddy’s Halo)” is another song that hits the listener in an uncomfortable area (damn tear ducts). It’s an honest track that not only honors his father’s memory but explains everything from R.A.’s first exposure to Rap, to the origin of his obsession with boxing. Again, the chorus is a questionable choice but with verses like these, pretty much anything is permissible.

Legends Never Die isn’t a perfect album. The sequencing is a bit off at times, as it inexplicably jumps from aggressive, lyrical tracks to more subdued conscious records. Also, some of the production feels dated even for an “underground record.” But overall, it’s an album embedded with enough humor, knowledge, and obscure Hip Hop references (“I’m a whooligan like James Caan’s son…”) that will force listeners to keep this one in rotation. R.A. the Rugged Man might not care about an industry exec or releasing music on a consistent basis, but his love for the art is undeniable because he’s only getting better. The champ is here.

127 Comments

  • Nigel Dane

    Incredible depth to this album. You've got positivism, politics, old skool, "hard as all fuck" style BARS, some tongue twisting speed throughout, and a plethora of legendary features. This is as good as it gets, folks.

  • John Carpenter

    deserves to go diamond

  • Bobby B.

    Still get thru the day with this #classic

  • logan

    r.a. is for sure a beast and i hope to hear more from him soon

  • Anonymous

    This could well be the album of the year. The title track really gets to me. Craziness. Great album and it reminds me of why I fell in love with hip hop in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Decent. His beloved "lyricism" resides near-solely in his impressive multi's and metaphors. However, his lyrics fall short in creativity and his attempts at content. While media midgets was executed decently,and his verse on Halo was a piece of art, his verses on Learn Truth contained a heavy dose of pessimism, but failed to establish a theme. Hooks were painful and there was zero concept in production. The production jumped around from well-executed sample based beats to terribly corny opera influenced ones. His remarkable technical ability saves him on this one. good album, 3/5,

  • turntables

    I was gonna buy until RA's putting down fans and critics put me off. Fuck it. It's an okay album, but there's a ton better.

  • Sebastian

    Maybe 2 or 3 fillers but outside of that, stelar album

  • Subban

    Got this on vinyl. Agree, 5/5.

  • Chris

    Dopest album put out this year so far.....not many can touch R.A. in lyrical prowess....Can we please get a whole R.A. album produced by Stoupe......

  • P

    Legends Never Die is a dope lyrical old school record. I got to get it on vinyl.

  • Sam D

    Best album in years! also check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGc3iHgd6xE

  • jaden

    i finally listed to the album after see all the post from hiphopdx and i was amazed from track beginning to end. it was very lyrical,it had a mix of emotional,anger and old school sounding songs. through out the album he always had something to say so that's why i give it a 5 star

  • Anonymous

    One of the best Ive heard

  • Steve

    Great album - the man is quick! Best album of the year for me.

  • John

    Amazing, amazing album. This and God of The Serengeti get best titles of the year.

  • Kizman

    nobody out here in the streets of compton gives a fuck about this dude! #WESTCOAST!

  • TheRocker

    This album is 4.5/5 in my opinion. Just what I needed for this summer!

  • killah_casp

    honestly this album is fukin incredible it pains me not to be able to buy a physical copy cos this is with out a doubt a classic i own hundreds off albums and this is one disc that i need in my collection.

  • Mike

    ok people how old is this nigga and please don't tell me he is 16

  • Ryan

    this is a weed plate. i hate to say it. i really do. so much respect for ra. but this is trash. everyone saying its the album of the year so far but its straight garbage.

    • carlwinslo

      how is it trash? elaborate. just saying something is trash is about as constructive as a quadriplegic with a hammer.

  • great

    Great CD, a few songs are questionable with subject matter, but no one is even close to putting out shit like this. One of my favorite CD's of the year so far

  • Staublunge

    Modern Classic! 5/5

  • mca

    Album of the Year IMO, so far. Classical shit.

  • not da rollie

    Incredible album beast shit

  • Anonymous

    Best hiphop album I've heard in a while. RA brings it lyrically and the album has balance from beginning to end. Album of the year as we reach the half way point.

  • Anonymous

    Classic boom bap record

  • Anonymous

    Better late then never, RA just kicked the f##k outta 99% of rappers out right now with this, been listening to RA for a while and was just waiting for him to just pi$$ on everybody. Thank you RA, thank you very much. Unfortunately most of the mc's he has now OFFICIALLY shi!!ed on are to high on molly to realize whats going on....And in turn most hip hop ....correction "hip pop" fans are also induced into some chemical reaction making their brains impaired to operate past 1825 days of age, hence the rugged one will go unnoticed. a shame really since this will be one of the best albums this year in any genre, and wont sell as much nor get the awards it should do.

  • Harm

    Best album of this year till now. The Rugged Man simply keeps it real like ever and his second LP shows his propensity for perfection. Too many rappers throw 2-3 albums a year on the market And most of them sound like crap. R.A. wants to satisfy his fans, his selection of beats, the chose of features and of corse himself show how to make a classic piece of work. For me its a clear 5.

  • Anonymous

    for sure no stale lyrics on here but i don t think the production is bringing the album to a classic status, but solid. RA deserves good sales, he is been there all the way and always sticked to his own formula dude deserves props man he rapped with biggie

    • John Carpenter

      Ayatollah, Mr. Green, Buckwild and apathy amongst others is why the production sounds scattered

    • Ash

      I agree. Production is 'ok' but not to the same high level as R.A.'s lyrical delivery. You can't compare this dude to any other rapper out there - he's a breath of fresh air and takes rap back to bare bones skill. Would love to hear the album remixed by another producer - maybe 7L?

  • Lewis

    The king is back, R.A has set the pace on modern rappers in this album.

  • D.

    Good to hear music like this with all the shit thats playing on radio nowadays

  • narcotik

    i dunno the albums good and all but classic? id have to disagree........not all the beats are classic level

  • Mr Delgado

    Nut's Balls to the Wall...

  • Anonymous

    Just Ill Hands Down..

  • tek

    Indie rap fans, a lot are pretentious/ Talk hip hop, but never got in the trenches

  • tim

    Best album of the year hands down

  • Conrado Muluc

    R.A. did his thang on this album, nothing but respect for a legendary MC.

  • biffjenkins

    RA is untouchable on this album. I was already a fan for a long time but damn man he went to the next level with this.

  • 5rovic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gDuD-4gEUE full album

  • Ra

    BEST WHITE RAPPER >>> EM

  • Anonymous

    die rugged man die was better

  • Anonymous

    WoW i liked RA before this album, but after this album I respect even more. Gritty raps, flow, beats. What more can you ask.

  • jeff

    This is a dope album, def one of the best of 2013. RA taking it back to the Crustified Dibbs shit with this crazy carnival sound.

  • Jae Staff''d

    I love this album its so raw with a bit of a old skool vibe. he didnt dissapoint with this album. many replay value. long story short. 5 star quality

  • fuckit

    outdated beats?? ahah shut the fuck up.... the last thing i'd wanna is R.A over some trap bullshit, album of the decade for sure..

  • worth the wait

    Best album of the year so far. No question.

    • Doubl Negative

      @macq, yeah Griney Award's dope too.

    • rmacq112

      new GFK is dope, his best album since Fishscale, but Legends Never Die & The Grimy Awards >>>

    • cinavenom

      d the new Ghostface but this and Ghostface are light years beyond anything else

    • Doubl Negative

      You're completely wrong. So many superior rap records released so far this year, Homeboy Sandman, Ghostface, Durag Dynasty...I'm sure they'll be many more.

  • Anonymous

    should have came realer ra be dope on rhymesayers

  • Anonymous

    ra the rugged man is a great rapper but he makes shit music. this album is not good. the beats are corny. sounds like gay carnival music. the features are weird too. like 2 great songs and the rest is forgettable. r.a. the rugged man reminds me of some legendary street ball player at the park. he seems to have all the skills and incredible moves, but when it comes to the big time, he just doesn't have what it takes. weak beats weak hooks good raps weak album.

    • lestry

      I can't even sometimes listen to Kool G rap's albums and I actually managed to listen this one with pleasure. For me it feels then that this album is really good but not just because I listened to it without skipping. Also his rhyme schemes and flow and vocabulary and beats....wow, actually one of my favourite albums so far

    • P.

      in my opinion you 2 are totally wrong.. it's for hip hop heads everbody else fuck your opinion... i think this album is straight classic not the generic shit like usual.. i can listen thru the whole album without skippin one track... pure dopeness

    • kas

      Exactly! The dude is an amazing lyricist, but he simply can't make good music. The beats sound like shit on this one, the features are all over the map and the hooks SUCK ASS!! The only reason DX gave this such a good review is because R.A writes for them sometimes.

  • Chad

    I'll take 1 album per 10 years if its going to sound like this!

  • Anonymous

    'Learn Truth' is the best song on the album, which could most likely be one of the best albums out this year.

  • Matt

    Definitely a contender for album of the year in my opinion

  • ewjh

    i don't like some beats but on the whole it's a great album

  • Anonymous

    Every classic album has one or 2 bad tracks, it's normal. RA made a fucking classic record right here. 5 out of 5 in my mind. Legends never die has just pure lyricism and a lot of the features are dope. A lot of the beats are crazy and well put together. One of the best albums I ever picked up.

  • Anonymous

    Not bad but some of the beats and guests were lackluster. About half the albums dope the other half forgettable, 3/5

  • Lil Wayne

    album is dope and sounds much better then mine albums or drakes albums. To be honest R.A. shitted on my whole crew with this album even on that prick jayz and kanye who think they are genius.

  • Almond Milk

    My review... Legends Never Die is finally here. It's not everyday we get to hear new material from R.A. the Rugged Man. It's been 9 years since his last full length album "Die, Rugged Man, Die" was released, and 4 years since his label put out a compilation album. R.A. tends to stays out of the spotlight, and for good reason. R.A. is truly a rugged man. He doesn't give a fuck about today's world of Hip Hop, and his embarrassment and disgust is expressed periodically throughout his new release. The long-awaited sophomore album from the deservingly self proclaimed legend is dope. There is no doubt that R.A. the Rugged Man can rap his ass off. Some may dislike his music, but there is no denying his ability to obliterate the mic. Legends Never Die only further solidifies his position as one of the all time greats and the last of a dying breed in Hip Hop. From start to finish, Legends Never Die never leaves you bored. In the past critics have pointed out poor production, lazy rhymes and too much filler as deep flaws in R.A.'s work, Legends Never Die shows none of this. This release only brings the best of Rugged Man and his ability to kick any style he wants to the table. Who else can have Hopsin and Tech N9ne on the same album as Masta Ace, Talib Kweli and Vinnie Paz? It's quite remarkable what R.A. shows that he can do with this release. Let's take a deeper look at Legends Never Die track by track: 1. Still Diggin' Wit' Buck [prod. Buckwild]: R.A. opens Legends Never Die with one of the best beats I've heard in a while. Buckwild's production on this joint reminds me of the Harlem Renaissance. While R.A.'s rhymes on this one are fairly simple, they're also to the point. I'm a legend. This is real Hip Hop. I am slightly disappointed that this one wasn't longer as it felt like R.A. may have wasted an opportunity to drop a classic song with this beat, but this is only the intro. Still Diggin Wit' Buck earns 4 out of 5 mics from me. 2. The Peoples Champ [prod. Apathy]: This one has actually been out for a few months now. It was the first single off of the album. The People's Champ isn't necessarily a standout track, but it shows exactly what R.A. is capable of. The multis and flow on this one are very solid and Apathy's AOTP-style production is something we have seldom heard from the Rugged Man. I give this one 3.5 mics. 3. Definition of a Rap Flow [prod. Marc Niles & Dev-1]: "Let's begin it like this. The definition of a rap flow, I'ma reinvent it like this." This track is insane. R.A. brings a totally flawless flow incorporating complex rhyme schemes and never once skipping a beat. His homage to Biz Markie is respectable and Amile Bruun's singing compliments the song very well. Marc "n*gga" Niles and Dev-1 bring simple production that allow R.A. to execute his untouchable flow. Definition of a Rap Flow deserves 5 out of 5 mics. 4. Learn Truth (ft. Talib Kweli) [prod. Mr. Green] This might be my favorite song on the album. It was released as a single in late March and immediately caught attention from the Hip Hop community. Talib opens this one with one of the better verses he's spit in the last few years, taking a super lyrical approach to political and social issues facing the urban community. Mr. Green provides top notch production as always and R.A. kills the track in typical Rugged Man fashion. R.A.'s verse is incredible, in my opinion surpassing his highly regarded verse on Uncommon Valor. Yes, I'm serious. Learn Truth gets a perfect 5 out of 5 mics. 5. Bang Boogie [prod. Jussi Jaakola]: Bang Boogie is a solid track. R.A.'s flow seems a bit off-beat at certain points, but it is obviously on purpose. The production is very good. I feel like this song is reminiscent of something we would've heard on Die, Rugged Man, Die. I give it 3.5 mics. 6. Tom Thum [prod. Will Tell]: I love this joint. R.A. the Rugged Man teams up with Australian beatboxer Tom Thum on this one to lay down one of the most unique approaches on the album. There are no scratches of samples on this record. Everything was done by mouth from Tom Thum beatboxing. Add R.A.'s funny yet murderous rapping and a hint of violin and you've got yourself a classic. 4.65 out of 5 mics. 7. Holla-Loo-Yuh (ft. Krizz Kaliko and Tech N9ne) [prod. C-Lance]: This may come as a surprise to some, but this track actually disappointed me. Maybe it was because I was expecting one of the greatest Hip Hop songs I've ever heard in my entire life from this one, but it didn't live up to the hype. Tech N9ne's verse sounded lazy. Like he didn't care and thought of R.A. as some chump paying him for a throwaway verse. Krizz makes up for this by delivering a very catchy hook that I've never heard on an R.A. album before. The Rugged Man's verse was very solid, but still disappointing. He seemed to focus too much on rapping fast (probably to outdo Tech in case he brought his usual flow) and less on flow and wordplay. Still a good track and I could see it gathering some mainstream attention once the music video drops for the hook and Tech N9ne alone. 3.75 out of 5 mics. 8. Media Midgets [prod. Buckwild]: R.A. slows it down and takes a political approach with this one, ripping the fuck out of Buckwild's beat. Taking shots at the media and corporations is nothing we haven't heard from R.A. before, but the way he delivers his message on Media Midgets is. "And why so many folks is jealous that I was co-signed by Biggie? And then the nerds rewriting history lying saying he dissed me. I know in your small brains it might hurt. But I was there, the closest you ever got was wearing Biggie on your t-shirt" were my favorite bars. This one gets a perfect 5 mics easy. 9. Shoot me in the Head [prod. Marco Polo]: After hearing Shoot me in the Head as a freestyle at a live show years ago, I didn't think I would like this one, but I loved it. The opera sample is surprisingly not overwhelming. R.A. spits some hilarious self-deprecating rhymes and the hook literally made me laugh out loud the entire time. With opera singers singing "I'm a piece of shit, I'm a fucking fat fuck. Shoot me in the head," how can you not? 5 mics. 10. Legends Never Die (Daddy's Halo) [prod. Mr. Green]: I've never heard anything remotely like this before. The closest I think we've been to an emotional track from R.A. was "Midnight Thud," which wasn't actually all that deep. I as the listener could capture the emotion in R.A.'s lyrics and feel what he felt. This one sent chills down my spine, especially when he choked up at the end of his 2nd verse and began to cry. The hook is a bit corny. I never though he would sample a Beyonce song, but it fits the context perfectly. 4.75 out of 5 mics. 11. The Dangerous Three (ft. Brother Ali & Masta Ace) [prod. Mr. Green]: Instant classic. That's all I have to say. Go listen to this one yourself. It's fucking amazing. Flawless. Perfect. 5 out of 5 mics. 12. Luv to Fuck [prod. Shuko] Eamon returns from a hiatus even longer than R.A.'s and teams up with him to make an interestingly beautiful sex song. R.A. describes it as Casanova part 2. I think it's way better than that. He brings back the old school flow, but takes it to the next level. Eamon's chorus is something I didn't expect. The dude is extremely talented. Shuko's production is on point. I give Luv to Fuck 4.5 out of 5 mics. 13. Underground Hitz (ft. Hopsin) [prod. Will Tell] This was easily the worst song on the album. Despite that, I still like it. It's just nothing special and doesn't fit in very well with the rest of the album. I wanted this one to be a standout track. While R.A. likely won't break into the new school, Funk Volume, high school demographic with this Hopsin feature, die hard fans of his will no doubt check it out and appreciate the talent Rugged Man possesses. I can't give it any more than 3 out of 5 mics though. 14. Laugh, Clown, Laugh [prod. Vherbal] Laugh, Clown, Laugh is dope. A bit forgettable, but dope. The beat almost has an ominous feel to it and R.A. take it to some creepy clown, house of horrors type shit. The Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh hook builds on that. I feel like I'm going to be kidnapped and tortured by It listening to this song. 4 out of 5 mics. 15. Sam Peckinpah (ft. Vinnie Paz & Sadat X) [prod. C-Lance] Holy. Fucking. Shit. Sam Peckinpah is just what you'd expect from Vinnie and R.A. Production, flow, lyrics, everything. It's doper than you can imagine. Their best collaboration hands down. Not sure how I feel about Sadat on the hook. I think it'll grow on me, but it seemed like too much of a mellow contrast from the angry, kill shit, conspiracy verses that R.A. and Vinnie lay down. One thing I'll say is that I think Rugged Man was finally outshined in a verse. Vinnie spit some of the illest shit I've heard him spit since early 2000s Jedi Mind Tricks. It may be his braggart approach and confident voice against R.A.'s laid back bars, but the multis he brings on this one are out of this world. Another perfect 5 out of 5 mics. 16. Shuko Outro Not much to say here. It's just R.A. thanking his fans. Actually a good transition into the end of the album. 17. Still Get Through the Day [prod. Ayatollah] This is the 2nd and last personal song on Legends Never Die. On Still Get Through the Day, R.A. isn't as emotional as on Daddy's Halo, although he does divulge into his family tragedies and struggles in the past. Eamon's hook is meant to lift your spirits more than it is to make you feel the emotion of the artists. The message of this one is basically "life is beautiful, stop bitching about shit the doesn't matter." Solid joint, and one to remember. 4.25 out of 5 mics. 18. Make You Famous [prod. Vherbal] To close out his sophmore album, R.A. the Rugged Man gets a little more political, but focusing more on the brainwashed youth and consumer society. Typical Block McCloud hook, which doesn't disappoint. This is actually pretty strong for a bonus track and a very good closure to the album. 4.5 out of 5 mics. Overall I have to say Legends Never Die is an incredible project. Album of the year material for sure. The replay value for Legends Never Die is very high. It may not be perfect or everyone's style, but any true fan of Hip Hop would be a fool to not check this one out. Every single verse R.A. leaves you stunned. The production is, for the first time in his career, on point. The features only compliment this project. Legends Never Die was definitely everything I expected and then some. A true masterpiece in today's world of Hip Hop Final rating: 9.25 out of 10.

  • Erik X

    RuggedMan has dropped the best album in the last 5 years!! I feel the the critical review was almost balanced....and it was true to give props where needed. I think you are wrong however about the chorus (on the tracks you mentioned anyway). The Eamon chorus is decent on that track, but not so much on the luv to fuk one...that shite is kinda of hokey. great album though...I don't skip, listen all the way through!

  • brian

    gonna buy the album

  • Rick

    Would have been a perfect album if not for the song "Luv To Fuk".

  • Anonymous

    Another mediocre album from this bum, he should start a group or summin he kills features but sucks on his own

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ I dont own anything Lil Wayne ever recorded, try again you mediocre motherfucker lol typical Underground douchebag reply DURRRR YOU DONT LIKE RUGGED MAN YOU MUST LIKE WAYNE DURRRRR" Album sucks, dude cant pick beats to save his life.

    • Anonymous

      You are a lil Wayne cum drinker

  • Anonymous

    What's the lesson for the day Rugged man?

  • Anonymous

    R.A. The Rugged Man & Canibus are the Illest Rappers ever!!!!!

  • Aesop Rock fan

    ehh- some flows I liked, some i didn't. Some lyrics I liked, Some I didn't, some beats I liked, some I didn't. The flow was supposed to be like his main attribute right? since he's always talking about being "the most skilled" and all that. So, some flows I thought employed his skill well, but some were corny, some not very good. An example of a flow I liked was the intro. It was complex, but reserved enough to sound good. In other flows, he just did too much, and sounded like he was using the same flow over and over. The songs where he went double time were not good. He sounded awkward and was not always on beat. Now for the lyrics. Many of the lyrics were very fillerish and not really interesting at all. Some of the lines he said were lame, but I liked other, like where he said "fuck all the other white rappers, and fuck all the black rappers" The song where he talked about his dad was ok. It was really stupid when he talked about the illuminati. The hooks were whatever. some ok, some not very good, some just scratches, some non existent, whatever- I liked some beats. The intro beat was good (prod. buckwild) I liked the beat to the song with masta ace a lot. most of the beats were alright. The one with hopsin was bad. This album was obviously fanservice, for everyone who wanted to hear RA's "crazy" flows. While he seems conscious of the fact that he is using flows like these throughout the whole album, he also seems to be taking them too seriously. I think this is some of the corniest material I've heard from RA. It was cool that he could go "crazy" with the flows before, but he didn't do it all the damn time. He didn't always rap about how he's the most skilled and how mainstream rappers bit him. I like a good amount of his songs. Smithaven mall, I shoulda never, Bottomfeeders, a star is born, and a lot of others are all really good songs. But on this album it's like he's a parody of himself. The beats that try so hard to be "epic", the constant show case of his flow "skill," it's just not very pleasant. Now I'm gonna talk about how "skilled" I really think he is. The past few years, I think he really has advanced. The way he flows on uncommon valor is really not that complex. It's 16th accent patterns mostly. The way he interweaves sextuplets in with the 16th patterns in some more recent verses, however, is pretty impressive. But sometimes he takes it too far to where it doesn't sound interesting anymore. his flow on older songs where he wasn't trying to be complex was good too. It felt natural and blended well with the tracks.But on this album, for most of it's like he has no subtlety.

  • Jonathan Peters

    so sick. RA at it again.

  • Cush

    This is the 2nd album that I bought in the last 10 years. I listened to the entire album then turned around and paid the $9.99 for it on ITunes. It has been on constant repeat since then. I'm happy that HiphopDX finally gave something dope more than a 3.5 as well.

  • Anonymous

    Best Album of the Year!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Fuck Homeboy & Ritz. Garbage compared to R.A.!!!

    • Anonymous

      why do you have to add those 2 in the equation..out of nowhere at that...why cant you say it was a good album instead of hating albums that i guarentee you havent even listened to

  • Honestly

    I was sold after listening to half the album stream without needing to skip. Solid album.

  • Mas

    Love this album ! Never heard of him until my dad showed me the CD. It's really great - music that I actually won't get tired of within a couple days !

  • Valiant

    "LND" is a modern-day era boom bap record. Dope!

  • pie

    It's dope ! This album sounds great ! Beautiful beats.

  • paul_banks

    R.A. the Rugged Man has got another banger in his hands. i just wish that Night of the Bloody Apes and American Lowlife were released.

  • Anonymous

    Same as his last album, beats let him down. RA cant choose production to save his life

  • whaaaa

    Shits too good the flow is insane

  • Anonymous

    hiphopdx just gave the stupidest review ever. Totally missed the point of this great album. Assholes. Legends Never Die is a timeless classic that mixed styles and productions of hiphop music from classic to todays rap. the beats were not dated they were classic and mixed well with the modern beats too.

    • JRich

      This was actually a pretty well-written review with a lot of examples from the songs to back him up. Which is surprising cus this reviewer usually sucks at doing that. You can't call an album that has been out for like a week a timeless classic either

  • Terry

    I still think CZARFACE has the album of the year, y'all. But this is still setting in. Homeboy Sandman's is nice too.

  • vin21d151

    THIS IS WHAT "IT" IS SUPPOSED TO SOUND LIKE!! DOPE album!

  • 12welve

    Lyrics and fucking flows

  • ShinbrigGoku

    So far this year... it's album of the year!

  • StraightButtery

    I'd give it a 4.75, but I am forced to round up. Great album with a great display of R.A.'s ability on the mic. The review is correct about some of the questionable hooks, but they still fit the tracks pretty well, so it isnt a total distraction.

  • redrum

    one of the best albums out this year

  • word to the third

    I like this album a lot.