Since Ruggedman is the one putting Chinaydu and Hakeem on, it would be pointless for him to retire now. Without Ruggedy baba’s backing, I simply don’t see how they are going to make it in the industry. If Ruggedy actually calls it a day, then there will be no future for the duo. He will at least put out a rugged records compilation album just to promote them or drop another album and give them more shine time than he did on “Untouchable”.
2. 9ICE AND MODENINE WON’T LET HIM
Beef is a great motivator and with Ruggedy’s “A word is enough for the 9ice” still fresh in 9ice’s memory, you can expect him to keep him going at Ruggedy and vice versa which will in the end lead to another album from Ruggedman. Apart from 9ice, Ruggedy also took shots at Modenine on “Hypo-skit” labeling him “MC na me carry hip hop for head” and “American Nigerian rapper”, something which the realist won’t take too lightly, so we can expect more death blows from him which will also inevitably lead to another album from Ruggedman.
3. RUGGED RECORDS IS NOT A SOUND RETIREMENT PLAN
In any profession, you need to have a retirement plan and in Ruggedman’s case, his record label rugged records seem to be his only visible plan. Looking closely at rugged records (which more or less, exists on paper right now), it is hard to see Ruggedman eating off it for the rest of his life. This is an unstructured record label with no bankable artist, no disrespect to Chinaydu & Hakeem, but they are nowhere near their counterparts talent wise, so unless a miracle happens, Ruggedy will not be eating off them and will have to go back to doing what he does best.
4. HE SAID SO
On “Halla” he said “I hear some say I don retire/but Ruggedman still burn like fire” and on “Rush Rush” he says “I won’t stop till I am more paid than Jay Z and P Diddy”. From the quotes above, one thing that is clear is that Ruggedy has no plans to retire just yet because he isn’t yet as rich as Diddy or Jay Z and he personally believes there is still a lot left in him.
5. WHAT ELSE WILL HE DO?
If Ruggedman retires now, the question is what else will he do? Acting is out of it, Because Ruggedy doesn’t look like he can cut it in Nollywood. So also is comedy, because I can’t imagine Ruggedy saying anything that will make people laugh. With Comedians, Models, Actors, Actresses etc embracing music, it is safe to say that there is no other profession in the Nigerian entertainment industry that pays as much as music does. Once Ruggedy starts missing the passion and the fame that comes with being a rap star, he would be right back.