Big Rube

Ruben Bailey
Also known as Big Rube
Born 1971
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Hip hop, Spoken Word
Years active 1992–present
Labels LaFace Records
Associated acts Dungeon Family

Big Rube (born Ruben Bailey in 1971, Atlanta, Georgia) is an American rapper and hip-hop producer. He is a first-generation member of the Dungeon Family & Society of Soul.[1] He is known for his spoken word intros and interludes for many of the Dungeon Family’s albums including Bubba Sparxxx, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, Future, OutKast, & Witchdoctor. He has also contributed his spoken word poetry to Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam and the motion picture ATL, as well as appearing on albums by Truth Hurts, Eightball & MJG, CunninLynguists and Jarren Benton. He appears on a Cee-Lo track called Scrap Metal.

In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Coolio, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.

In later years, Big Rube has made a couple of appearances on recent albums by members of the Dungeon Family. He appeared on the song "General Patton" on Big Boi's 2010 solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Rube also appeared on the 2013 reunion album from the Goodie Mob, Age Against the Machine and the deluxe version of Future's second album Honest.

On a rare occasion, Rube appeared on a non-Dungeon Family related project. He appeared on Lina's 2005 album The Inner Beauty Movement as well as Rapsody' 2012 debut The Idea of Beautiful and Denzel Curry's double EP 32 Zel / Planet Shrooms.


  1. Gonzales, Michael A. (January 1996). Music from the heart. Vibe. p. 69. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
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