“Always make sure to have R.A. The Rugged Man’s money in hand”

Matt Diamond, founder of Coalmine Records, recalls getting threatened to get snuffed by R.A., via VV

“When I working on Bekay’s Hunger Pains, we decided to have R.A. The Rugged Man on the Marco Polo-produced track “Pipe Dreams.” It’s a dope track that’s in the form of a label meeting where Bekay essentially plays the role of himself being solicited for a deal, and R.A. plays the role of a sheisty record exec. Anyways, I ended up picking R.A. from midtown and driving him to the same studio in Crown Heights that I recorded with Heltah Skeltah.

“We get to the studio and everything was cool. He wrote and recorded his verse at the spot, Shuko showed up to play ’em some beats, and for whatever reason R.A. changed up his steelo and went into tough guy mode. Basically, he started shouting through the vocal booth into the PA system that allows you to communicate with the mixing engineer, saying that if I didn’t have the money for his verse in the palm of his hand the second that he walks out of the booth then he was gonna snuff me in the face.

“I mean, many of us have heard these crazy R.A. stories so I wasn’t surprised — overall I was more amused than threatened. He got paid, no punches were thrown, the track came out dope, and all was right with the world. I fuck with R.A.’s Film School series — dude needs to bring that back.”