Few artists are ever as controversial as they are influential. New York legend R.A. the Rugged Man has lived up to such a moniker by simultaneously inspiring generations of rappers while being banned from every major record label’s offices and even barred from performing during the late-90s underground explosion. But by combining the authenticity of his undeniably rugged life with his undisputed mic skills and understanding of the genre as a Hip-Hop historian, his music has both survived and thrived, setting a standard for “Real MCs” that few have ever attempted to match. Collaborator The Notorious B.I.G. was once quoted in reference to R.A. by stating “And I thought I was the illest.”Main HallHiphop
Mayberian Sanskülotts, Disco Nap
Mayberian Sanskülotts is a Hungarian dream pop band that successfully merges the rigid romanticism of '80-s new wave bands like the Cure, the slow-burning grandiosity of Slowdive-esque shoegaze and the dreaminess and melodic sensibilties of contemporary acts like Beach House. Singer Zita Csordás brings an ethereal, powerful presence to the mix that evokes Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins and Hungarian folk music at the same time. Despite these influences, their music is very much their own, always meandering between the deeply personal and the spiritual.