Mohammad Dangerfield is the collaboration between Rugged N Raw & Hasan Salaam.
About Rugged N Raw - Rugged N Raw has developed his raw, uncut style on the microphone, solidifying himself as one of the best up and coming artists around. He separates himself from the rest of the pack with his ability to perform in all environments and venues, even if he is the only hip-hop feature, using his universally relatable lyrics and an unmatched stage presence.
RNR 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, a finalist for the America’s Next Urban Superstar Award at the 2009 Urban Music Awards and featured at the 2008 Baltimore Music Conference. The hit single “I’m Broke And Proud” featuring 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, includingKevinNottingham.com & RapReviews.com, and went on a successful 14 city tour in the fall.
Rugged N Raw has shared the stage with: Rakim, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch,Immortal Technique, Sean Price, DJ Premier (Gang Starr), Jeru The Damaja,Brand Nubian, Roxanne Shante, U-God (Wu-Tang Clan), Serius Jones,Grandmaster Caz, DMC, C Rayz Walz, Poison Pen, Cormega, The Cinematic Orchestra, Eyedea & Abilities, Akir, 5 Ft. of Black Moon, Amanda Diva (MTV2),Kevin Michael, Saul Williams, John Forte, Eternia, Mr. Lif, Polyrhythm Addicts,Dame Grease, RAMP and Rob Sonic.
Rugged N Raw’s music is lively, honest and tells everyday stories, whether humorous or serious. No two songs are alike. He is a true versatile wordsmith with the perfect instrumentals to accent the lyrics. RNR tells the tale of both the superhero and the unassuming alter ego.
About Hasan Salaam - In 2004 an artist from New Jersey emerged amidst the gun-clappers and body-baggers of the current climate of hip-hop, to become a staple for the diversity still present within our culture. With the release of his debut album Paradise Lost, Hasan Salaam garnered heavy attention for his poetically charged tales of unabridged truth, guiding his pen through an array of personal, political, and historical subjects.
Many people make comparisons as to who Hasan may sound like, voice or topics, but the passion that he projects through every line that he delivers is unparalleled.
“Just in case you didn’t know, this is X’s and O’s/ I put my life into the pen and pad, booth and the show.” – lyric from “Insomniac” (©2008 Children of God)
The dedication he put into Paradise Lost earned him two awards at the 3rd Underground Music Awards in August of 2005, imprinting a successful debut to the hip hop world. “Blaxploitation” won for Song of the Year and his raw energy and stage presence earned him Performance of the Year.
Shortly after the release of Paradise Lost he released a mixtape album entitled Tales of the Lost Tribe: Hidden Jewels, feeding his fans with another dose of reality music that blends revolutionary ideologies with raw imagery of poverty. As a result of his following, Hasan has been blessed with many opportunities to travel and perform his music at venues around the country and beyond.
In 2009 he was requested to perform on Redman’s Red Gone Wild National Tour and a separate tour in the UK. Having never traveled through the country on a multi-city tour, Hasan soon found that there was a heavy following of underground and commercial hip-hop in Omaha, Nebraska, Aspen, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois to name a few.
Although the microphone is Hasan’s premier weapon of influence, it isn’t his only platform to speak to the people.
At P.S. 41 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hasan developed and implemented a curriculum with the purpose of teaching chess and exploring creative writing techniques. Students in his class were also granted the opportunity to experience the process of music production and engineering at two different studios.
When asked about his role within the community the humble emcee replied, “I wanted to help the kids stay in school and have kids interested in learning. Because if you don’t recognize the power that you have (as a musician) you’re a fool and if you deny the power that you have you’re a fool.”
“Cause nowadays kids grow up so fast/ my advice slow down before your whole life pass” – lyric from “Fountain Of Youth” (©2005 Paradise Lost)
In Newark, New Jersey, Hasan was also involved in workshops that taught young brothers from the Essex County Youth House about the music business, song structure, history and politics. His involvement with the community is not only with the youth but with the adult population as well. At Eastern NY Correctional Facility in Napanoch, NY, he has performed his craft for many of the inmates in addition to working with organizers to boycott MCI due to the unfair rates they charged prisoners for collect calls.
With a heart of passion fueled by the love for family, unity, religion, and music, Hasan Salaam will be pouring it all out on his projects for this upcoming year. Children of God, the prelude to his sophomore effort Life in Black and White will serve as a mere sedative for the fans itching to hear more of his lyrical prowess, yet fulfilling every expectation of excellence.
Hasan Salaam has performed all over the East Coast including nationally aired performances on NBC‘s Showtime at the Apollo, FUSE TV‘s Digital Downloads,MUN2 TV‘s The Roof, Music Plus TV, and at the Anti-War Rally March on C-SPAN. Gaining exposure in the underground, Hasan eventually edged forward opening performances for the legendary Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaata, Kurtis Blow, Rakim,Wyclef, Naughty by Nature, Busta Rhymes, Black Moon, Floetry, Common, anddead prez. Other achievements: 2003 Battle Dome Championship, a beat/production battle. Info : http://www.mohammaddangerfield.com/