R.A THE RUGGED MAN AND EMINEM: BEEF, OR NO BEEF?

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R.A The Rugged Man and Eminem, two Caucasian rappers who will both go down as hip hop legends. In the past, beef between these two has been speculated (or should I say instigated?), so let me just clear this up: This post’s purpose is to investigate the subject, not to suggest that beef between these two should start or that there ever was any in the first place. Anything I say that sounds “absolute” is meant purely from a suggestive standpoint. I am merely presenting the evidence — it is up to you, the reader, to decide!

It’s no secret that these two rappers have vastly different careers under their belts, respectively.

While R.A The Rugged Man has been around since 1988 (I know his Wikipedia says 1992, but listen to this song, where he mentions “Back in ‘88…” and then goes on to say “1991, now my whole career is bustin’…”. 1991-1992 is when he “blew up”, but his early years were spent heavily underground), after a dispute with the record company he chose to sign with (after being the prize in a huge race to sign him that consisted of nine record labels going after him), he was blackballed in the industry, which his career (and himself) suffered heavily from. As a result, he’s been an underground artist since the mid-90’s, which is fine by him, to the point where he’s talked about preferring being poor over successful.

Eminem, on the other hand, achieved mega-star status after being snatched up by Dr. Dre (this serves as one of the R.A lines we will talk about later), and signed to his label Aftermath Entertainment, and has continued to experience a career full of more ups and downs than a rollercoaster.

These two rappers are on opposite sides of the hip hop spectrum — how could there ever be ANYTHING between them?

Lets start off by looking at several R.A lines that could indicate any animosity.

EXHIBIT A: RUGGED MAN STYLE:

From his song “Brawl”:

Now wait a minute, let’s bring it back a little bit
When you first started rappin, you was all on my dick
Yeah, you went multiplatinum, but you bit my shit
What you rappin' is my life, you ain’t live that shit

Eminem is the most obvious target that these lines could be referring to — He is a hugely successful (“multiplatinum”) artist who, like Rugged Man, depicts a life full of struggle through his lyrics. The accusation is obvious, as well; Eminem stole R.A’s style and made millions off of it. Don’t worry, R.A, if that happened to me.. I’d be pissed too! (And R.A’s style isn’t the only one Eminem can be accused of biting…. coughcoughChinoXLcoughcough… but that’s a topic for another time)

EXHIBIT B: RUGGED MAN STYLE:

From his song “Lessons”:

Yo aiiyo people wonderin' where the fuck I been
At the VIP section they ain’t lettin' me in
They say; maybe if you had Dr. Dre or Timbaland
They say; a white boy need a black boy to win
Uhh Bubba Sparxx did it and so did Slim
Just Blaze is hot now why don’t you get with him

Now this line can’t really be considered a subliminal — after all, he blatantly mentioned one of Eminem’s rap alias’s (Slim, from Slim Shady). Like I mentioned above, Eminem managed to achieve success after he was signed by Dr. Dre, which helped bolster his career astronomically (a topic he discusses in “White America”). Bubba Sparxx is another Caucasian rapper whose career was also helped after he teamed up with infamous African-American producer Timbaland, in a similar vein to what Eminem did. Just Blaze is a producer who was blowing up around the time the album this song is on was released — R.A is being suggested to that he’s gonna need the support of a up-and-coming African-American producer if he wants any success. After all, it worked the first two times!

I watch mad rappers bite my shit and blow up
And make millions off what I created, that’s tough luck

“mad” has become a term that means “many”, “a lot”, etc etc. Also, the content of Eminem’s lyrics are very dark and angry… which would make him a literal MAD rapper! Another accusation fired from R.A, coming your way, Shady.

EXHIBIT C: RUGGED MAN STYLE:

From his song “Midnight Thud”:

I was 7 years ahead of my time in ‘92
I said things that wasn’t accepted 'till '99

R.A’s style is very gritty, dark, grimy and vulgar — that kind of stuff, however popular today, wasn’t the kind of style the masses were too keen on back then. But guess who blew up in 1999 using that kind of style with his debut album The Slim Shady LP? That’s right! Eminem! Respectively, however, that wasn’t until after his “demo” Infinite failed to spark any sort of success… however dope it may be.

Now, for a look at Eminem’s lines…

EXHIBIT A: SHADY STYLE:

From his song “Still Don’t Give A Fuck

I wanted an album so rugged nobody could touch it
Spent a million a track and went over my budget

R.A The Rugged Man’s debut album, Night of the Bloody Apes, was shelved by the record label he was signed to (Jive Records). The album was recorded to be intentionally bad — and R.A made it so bad to where the record label couldn’t even release it (You’ll notice that throughout Eminem’s albums there are skits where his bosses get onto him about how terrible his album is and how they can’t release it… but we all know how they turn out). If Em’s album was “rugged” enough, the label wouldn’t release it seeing how it’d just be too terrible of an album.

The line above is the only line I’ve been able to find from Eminem that could be seen as a slant towards R.A — I’ve been looking for months now! Perhaps the others slip have slipped from my memory. If so, feel free to post them in the comments!

So what do you think? Are we being too analytical over the lyrics? Is there any beef between these two titans? Was there ever any? Post your opinion in the comments — lets decide it once and for all!

Remember, this post is NOT trying to instigate a beef between these two nor is it suggesting there ever was any beef — it’s all up to your interpertation! (I will say that in my opinion, there may be some slight animosity between the two rappers, but I don’t think there is any beef nor should there be)

And if you’re interested in R.A’s opinion on the matter, click here!