Last updated
Birth nameMichael Ugochukwu Stephens
Also known asRuggedy Baba, Opomulero, Mr Controversial
Born20th September
Origin Ohafia, Abia State, Nigeria
Genres African hip hop, rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, Record producer
Years active1999present
LabelsRugged Records
Website Official website

Michael Ugochukwu Stephens (born September 20th), known professionally as Ruggedman, is a Nigerian rapper from Ohafia, Abia State. [1]



A graduate of political science from Lagos State University, Ọ̀jọ́, [1] Ruggedman started exploring music in 1999. He produced his own songs and released two tracks in 1999, both which were well-played on radio. Ruggedman launched himself into the music industry in 1999, eventually becoming the most featured rapper in Nigeria. His albums are all released on his personal label, Rugged Records. Ruggedman has performed worldwide alongside international acts such as Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Maxi Priest, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, and Nas.

Ruggedman's record label, Rugged Records, signed its first act, singer MBRYO, in September 2012. [1] MBRYO was featured on Ruggedman's “Ruggedy Baba pt 2″, produced by Blaize Beatz. Money Making Music, Ruggedman's 2012 album, is a collaboration with MBRYO as part of a promotion for the new artist, [1] with guest appearances by Terry G and Funbi.

Ruggedman hosted the prestigious NB Plc sponsored Star Quest Reality TV Talent Show in 2009, 2010, and 2011. [2]




2016Seyi ShayFeaturing Olamide N/A [3]

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