Michael Ugochukwu Stephen popularly known by his stage name as Ruggedman or Ruggedybaba is a famous Nigerian hip hop rapper, record producer, singer, songwriter, stage performer and a recording artist. He is also popularly known as Opomulero and Mr. Controversial. He has been described as the fastest rapper in Nigeria by several media organizations. He was born on 20th September 1975 in Ebem Ohafia, a small town in Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 42 years old.
He is very gifted, skillful, creative and talented. Ruggedman is originally from Ebem Ohafia, a small town in Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, where he completed both his primary and secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his primary and secondary school education, Ruggedman proceeded to Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. In 1999, Ruggedman started his professional music career.
In 1999, he produced his own songs and released two tracks, both which were well-played on radio. Ruggedman later launched himself into the music industry in 1999 and established his own record label “Rugged Records” and eventually became the most decorated and fastest rapper in Nigeria. His albums are all released under his record label “Rugged Records”.
Ruggedman has performed all over the world alongside with international acts like Akon, Kanye West, T-Pain, Sean Paul, Nas, and Maxi Priest, amongst others. In September 2012, Ruggedman’s record label “Rugged Records” signed its first musical act and singer MBRYO. The new musical act MBRYO was featured in Ruggedman’s hit single “Ruggedy Baba pt 2″, which was produced by Blaize Beatz.
In 2012, Ruggedman collaborated with MBRYO to release his most trending studio album “Money Making Music” as part of a promotion for the new artist, with guest appearances by Terry G and Funbi.
In 2009, 2010, and 2011 respectively, Ruggedman hosted the prestigious NB Plc sponsored Star Quest Reality TV Talent Show, which was aimed at discovering new and vibrant talents in the music industry.
In 2004, Ruggedman released his first debut studio album “Thy Album Come” which sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2007, he released his second debut studio album “Ruggedy Baba” which was very trending at the time of its release.
In 2010, he released his third debut studio album “Untouchable” with several hit singles from the album banging in clubs, radio and television stations. In 2012, Ruggedman released his fourth debut studio album “Money Making Music” which was well received by global audience and music lover.
Ruggedman in the cause of his career as a hip hop rapper has won several awards which include Best Rap Artiste of the Year at the Headies Awards, Best Rap Album of the Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and Best Collabo of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards.
Ruggedman is currently one of the richest and most influential artist in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $5 million.