Mohammad Dangerfield has been bumpin through your speakers a lot over the last few years, you just didn’t know it yet. Rugged N Raw & Hasan Salaam, both accomplished solo artists, have teamed up after ripping up countless stages together to bring you their latest album.
Rugged N Raw has solidified himself as one of the best up and coming artists around. He has garnered press from Entertainment Weekly and performed at the 2009 Rocksteady main stage event. He was a finalist at the 2008 Discmakers/Billboard Independent Music World Series, finalist for the America’s Next Urban Superstar award at the 2009 Urban Music Awards & featured at the 2008 Baltimore Music Conference. The hit single “I’m Broke And Proud” f/Hasan Salaam was aired on FUSE Network, Video Music Box (Hosted by Ralph McDaniels), and received written press in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and New York Magazine. He was also featured on Cipha Sounds’ Morning show on Eminem’s Shade 45 channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. The latest album “Truth Serum” was rated as a top 10 indie release of 2008 on quite a few sites, including KevinNottingham.com & RapReviews.com and went on a successful 14 city tour in the fall. Rugged N Raw has shared the stage with the likes of Rakim, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Immortal Technique, Sean Price, DJ Premier of Gang Starr, Consequence, Canibus, Jeru The Damaja, Brand Nubian, Roxanne Shante, U-God of Wu-Tang Clan, Serius Jones, Grandmaster Caz, DMC, C Rayz Walz, Poison Pen and Cormega.
Hasan’s music paints vivid pictures of the commonalities that bind us: struggle, love, and pain. It’s this ability, to touch people at their core, which has garnered Hasan a loyal fan base all over the world. He is the winner of 2 Underground Music Awards, and his following has generated over a million plays on Myspace and Youtube alone. Hasan has performed live on national TV stations such as NBC, FUSE, CSPAN, and PBS. He’s been featured in numerous major media publications such as The Source Magazine (twice), The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. He dropped his debut album Paradise Lost in ’05 and won two Underground Music Awards, one for “Best Live Performance” and the other “Song of the Year” for the albums 1st single “Blaxploitation”. Hasan has rocked shows with Dead Prez, Common, Busta Rhymes, Saigon, Talib Kweli, The Rza, The Gza, Slick Rick, Lord Jamar, Sadat X, Smif N Wesson, Grandmaster Caz, Curtis Blow, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, Naughty By Nature & Digital Underground to name a few. In ’07, he was on the “Red Gone Wild Tour” with Redman, Kidz in the Hall, Akir, Bashir & DJ GI Joe.
Mohammad Dangerfield (Rugged N Raw & Hasan Salaam) have many accomplishments as individuals, and since teaming up, have continued the momentum. In 2010, they have been covering a lot of ground, embarking on a three week March tour in the UK as well as performing at the Urban Letters Festival in Berlin. In April 2010, they took their talents to Colorado and did a week tour in Denver, Ft. Collins, Greeley and Boulder. They have also ventured to Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC and Baltimore. In August 2010, they released an EP through Viper Records and HipHopDX called $Free.99, as well as a slew of videos that drew the attention of many hiphop websites, namely 2DopeBoyz & KevinNottingham. The self-titled album will be released February 22, 2011, with appearances by Immortal Technique, Poison Pen, Kendal Good and more. Despite all the activity, this is merely the beginning.