Ruggedman is a famous Nigerian Rapper, Fashion Designer and Record Producer. His birth name is Michael Ugochukwu Stephens. Ruggedman owns a menswear brand called the Twentieth September Clothing line and from time to time models for other menswear brands such as OUCH and Yomi Casual.
The rapper was born on the 20th of September 1975 in Ohafia, Abia state. He grew up in Lagos where he completed both his primary and secondary school education. The rapper went on to get a degree in political science from Lagos State University, Ojo.
Ruggedman developed his passion for rap music when he was 14 years old. He started listening to rap lyrics and rapping along to rap instrumentals and later began writing his own lyrics.
Ruggedman started out his music in 1999 when he released his first music records which contained two tracks; one of them being ‘What If’ which was produced by and also featured Paul Play Dairo and the other being ‘Gwo-gwo.’ These two tracks brought him popularity and massive airplay. In 2002, he released a single titled ‘Ehen part 1’ where he picked at some Nigerian Rappers. He is the first Rapper in Nigeria to rap in Pidgin English, and that gave him his diversity.
All Ruggedman’s records and albums are produced and released in his personal record label called Rugged Records. He signed in first artist MBRYO in the September of 2012. His album in 2012, ‘Money Making Music’ was collaboration with his artist MBRYO as a way to promote him. The album also got guest appearances from Funbi and Terry G. Ruggedman directed his first music video ‘Kiss Me Again’ music video in 2002.
He thought up his stage name while still in secondary school and coming into rap music newly. He never wanted a weak stage name, he thought Rugged Soul to be a bit too deep and MC overly off the top. So he went with Ruggedman.
The rapper has performed internationally with famous Acts including Wyclef Jean, LL Cool J, Maxipriest, Kanye West, Sean Paul, Nas, T-Pain, and many others.
Ruggedman created mock football matches between celebrities and musician for the Kanu Heart Foundation. Some of the Nigerian stars and artists were Trybesmen, Plantashun Boiz, Nomoreloss, Emma Ugolee e.t.c.
For some time now the Rapper has been off the music scene in Nigeria. According to an Interview with Pulse, He said he had taken time to focus on other businesses such as his menswear brand. Ruggedman owns a Clothing line called ‘Twentieth September’ which was named after his birth date.
Recently he put up a new video for his single “ Is Police, Your Friend.” He is also set to release an album soon with over 30 songs and has said that he will be working with the likes of 2face Idibia, koker, Small Doctor and Falz The Bahd Guy on this album.
In the Past, he was known to have had controversial relationships with some artists such as 9ice, but during a recent Interview alongside posts he made on Twitter, he said he had made peace with everyone.
- Is Police Your Friend
- Wetin Dey
- Because of You
- Club Rugged
- Ja Rule
- Ruggedy Baba
- To Whom It May Concern
- Kokos Song
- Won’t Battle
- Watch Me
- I am RuggedMan
- Touched by An Angel
- Let Me Touch You Broken Promises
- My Life
- If I could Do it all
- Rock Da Spot
- Move something
- 8 Figures
- 9ja Hip Hop
- Boing Boing
- Make Me Feel Alright
Awards and Achievements
- Ruggedman has gotten so many acknowledgments and awards for his fantastic rapping skills.
- He got the award for Best New Rap Act/Group or Duo at the Nigerian Fanta Fame Awards on the 31st of October 2003.
- Best New Artist in 2003 FAME Awards,
- Musical Excellence award at the AMEN Awards also in 2003,
- Award for Best Solo Performance at the 2004 Nigerian Entertainment Awards,
- 2006 Hip-Hop Artist of the Year award at the Nigeria Music Awards,
- Award for Best Rap Album at Hip Hop World Awards in 2008,
- Best Rap Artist at the 2008 Nigerian Music Awards.
- In 2018, Ruggedman received The African Integrity Award for Integrity in Art by the Africa Child Foundation.
- Ruggedman came forth as the chairman of Media in Performing Musician Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN) in 2016 after a tight security
Ruggedman is single and keeps his relationships off the media eyes.
Ruggedman Net Worth and Endorsement Deals
In 2016, Nigerian Rapper, Ruggedman received an Endorsement deal worth about 50 million Naira from a Real Estate Company, Numatville Megacity. He has also been a UN Peace Ambassador in the past. Ruggedman is currently worth an estimated $ 5 million.