Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, also known as Ruggedman or Ruggedybaba, is a Nigerian rapper who was born in Ohafia, Abia State, on September 20.


Ruggedman is a political science graduate of Lagos State University, and he began exploring music in 1999. In 1999, he created his own compositions and released two singles, both of which were well-received on the radio.

Ruggedman debuted in the music industry in 1999 and went on to become Nigeria’s most popular rapper. Rugged Records, his own label, releases all of his recordings.

Ruggedman has shared the stage with artists such as Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Maxi Priest, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, and Nas around the world.


Ruggedman’s record label, Rugged Records, signed its first performer, vocalist MBRYO, in September 2012. The singer was featured on Ruggedman’s “Ruggedy Baba pt 2,” which was recorded by Blaize Beatz. Check out Ruggedman’s Songs, Videos and Albums below!