Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Video: R.A. The Rugged Man - Uncommon Valor A Vietnam Story

R.A. The Rugged man, perhaps one of the best MC's to never fully receive his props within the culture drops a new video for a joint he recorded with Jedi Mind Tricks 4 years ago that earned him the Hip-Hop quotable in The Source magazine...LOL, he probably sneered at the honor.

R.A. is to say the least, a different kind of individual...I often have found myself at odds with his views, frustrated with his lack of effort to conform even in the least bit to better his own career and reticent to check for his new projects...All that said, "Uncommon Valor" is one of the greatest songs and verses any one MC in Hip-Hop could ever hope to record.

Spurred on no doubt by the stirring and tragic tale of his father's experiences in Vietnam, R.A. penned a graphic and descriptive verse that puts you right in the middle of the conflict that claimed nearly sixty thousand American lives. The visuals are raw and while they don't include Vinnie Paz (who was on the original) you still walk away feeling deeply moved after hearing just R.A.'s portion of the track.

As someone who's father also fought in The Vietnam conflict (against his will BTW) and also suffered due to the rainbow herbal pesticides that the U.S. govt. and military were using as "de-forestation" tools (lol @ you if ya believe that was their real intented use), I must say this joint will forever strike an amazing chord with me personally.


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