On this episode, TheFallenState TV host Jesse Lee Peterson is joined by rapper R.A. the Rugged Man, fresh off the European leg of his tour. R.A. opens up about his close relationship with his father, who was the subject of his song, “Uncommon Valor.” His father was a Vietnam War veteran who was exposed to the toxic chemical Agent Orange while in battle. The repercussions, R.A. explains, included that his siblings were born with very serious health issues. Jesse asks R.A. about his relationship with the late Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem, and about whether rap has had a positive or negative influence on the culture. Jesse and R.A. spar about marriage relationships (do most women belittle their husbands?) and what it means to be a man. Watch this lively dialogue unfold, as a white rapper debates a black pastor!
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