10 things you need to know about Ruggedman as he turns 39


By Bisola Bello

RuggedmanNigerian rapper, Ruggedman, also known as Ruggedybaba, is 39 today, September 20. To celebrate his birthday, here are 10 things you need to know about the ‘Baraje’ lyricist.

  1. His real name is Michael Stephens and he is from Ohafia, Abia State.
  2. He is a graduate of Political Science from Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.
  3. He is a die-hard Manchester United fan.
  4. Ruggedman launched himself into the music industry in 1999 and managed to become the most featured rapper in the early 2000 after he released the diss track ‘Ehen’.
  5. He has performed alongside international acts like KC & Jojo, Guru, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Wayne Wonder, Ja Rule, Kevin Little, Maxi Priest, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, Nas and Nelly.
  6. He has also collaborated with top Nigerian acts including 2face Idibia, Flavour and Wande Coal.
  7. He released all his albums under his own ‘Rugged Records’ label.
  8. Ruggedman hosted the prestigious NB Plc sponsored Star Quest Reality TV Talent Show in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
  9. He owns a clothing line called 20th Sept Wear, named after his birthday.
  10. The award-winning rapper is not yet married.