Contents 1 Biography 1.1 Early career 1.2 Soul on Ice and Rasassination 1.3 Priority issues, Van Gogh and Goldyn Chyld 1.4 Incarceration, Institutionalized I & II, Priority release 1.5 The Quarterly 1.6 A.D.I.D.A.S. Kickstarter project and Save The Ras Kass 1.7 Barmageddon 1.8 Soul on Ice 2 2 Discography 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links


Biography[edit] Austin was born on September 26, 1973[4] and grew up in Watts. In 1996 he had twin sons (Ras and Taj) with R&B and soul singer-songwriter Teedra Moses.[5][6] BMF Entertainment artist Barima "Bleu DaVinci" McKnight is his cousin.[7] Early career[edit] Ras Kass took his stage name from the legendary Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV whose name was Ras Kassa Mircha before he was crowned as an emperor. Ras Kass sent waves through the hip-hop world with his debut independent single release "Remain Anonymous," earning him a Hip-Hop Quotable in The Source Magazine. Before his signing with Priority/EMI Records, Ras Kass began making guest appearances on several records and freestyles on numerous radio shows, further solidified the emerging lyricist's notoriety. Recorded guest appearances include Sway & King Tech's "Come Widdit" (feat. Ras Kass, Ahamad and Saafir) (Priority Records) and their "Wake Up Show Anthem '94" (feat. Ras Kass, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Chino XL, Organized Konfusion and Saafir), as well as Chino XL's "Riiiot" (American Recordings), and KeyKool and Rhettmatic's "E=MC5" (feat. Ras Kass, LMNO, and Meen Green) Up Above Records. Soul on Ice and Rasassination[edit] From a young age, Austin was influenced by hip hop music and inspired by a variety of emcees including Ice Cube, Rakim, Scarface, and KRS-One. His first album, Soul on Ice, was released in 1996. Taking its name from a book by Eldridge Cleaver, Ras addressed racial relations in the same manner, most notably with "Ordo Abchao" and "Nature of the Threat." The album was released on Priority Records, as was the follow-up, Rasassination, which featured beats from Easy Mo Bee and guest appearances by RZA, Twista, Xzibit, Mack 10 and Dr. Dre. Lead single "Ghetto Fabulous" featured Dre and Mack 10 and was pushed by a lavish video shoot. The album received generally positive reviews,[8] and shortly afterward the MC announced his third album, Van Gogh. Priority issues, Van Gogh and Goldyn Chyld[edit] During the recording of Ras's intended third album, Van Gogh, Priority Records merged with Capitol Records, which acquired the emcee’s contract and his material.[9] Initially near completion, the album was heavily bootlegged before any single or promotion could be prepared. In fact, the would-be single "Van Gogh" was even played on an episode of The Sopranos. Ras went back to work overhauling the project, procuring tracks from DJ Premier, Hi-Tek, and Dr. Dre and retaining songs from Rockwilder and Battlecat. Tensions arose during the re-recording, from budget restrictions to lack of promotion: Despite the fact that "Van Gogh" remained shelved the album's singles "Back It Up" and "Goldyn Chyd" received decent amount of spins on Los Angeles urban contemporary radio stations KKBT (The Beat) and KPWR (Power 106) during the course of 2001-02. “ I would always tell Priority executives, "You give me a road kill cow and pair of scissors but you expect a pair of Air Jordans. It's not fair." Ironically, I would still somehow manage to make a couple pairs. ” — Ras Kass Ras Kass was also involved in The HRSMN, sometimes called the 4 Hrsmn, consisting of himself, Kurupt (of Tha Dogg Pound), Killah Priest, and Canibus. The Horsemen Project, a white-label of rough tracks by the four, was released in 2003, but no other releases have been subsequently forthcoming. Finally, nearing the completion of his album, the MC and Priority disagreed over the lead single. Originally pushing "Goldyn Chyld," produced by DJ Premier, Priority executives decided to try to release the Dr. Dre-produced "The Whoop" instead, against the wishes of both Ras Kass and Dr. Dre. As he was finishing up Goldyn Chyld, Kass was pulled over in California and arrested for a D.U.I., marking his third; though sentenced to jail time, he was given an extension. Two weeks before the start of his sentence, Priority informed him of their decision not to put out Goldyn Chyld after all. Becoming a fugitive, Ras attained the masters to his project, recorded some music, and finally turned himself in to police.[10] During this time, he also had minor problems with producer the Alchemist, who sold Ras a beat that he later re-sold to rapper Jadakiss, which ultimately formed the basis for the track "We Gon' Make It."[11] Incarceration, Institutionalized I & II, Priority release[edit] After serving only 19 months for his D.U.I. charge, Ras Kass recorded the album Institutionalized and began seeking release from his contract with Priority/Capitol Records. Though intended to be an album, it was released as a mixtape,[12] generating a moderate buzz[13][14] despite Capitol's alleged reluctance.[14] He would go on to release two more mixtapes in 2006, Revenge of the Spit and Eat or Die, and got into a fight with former G-Unit rapper The Game over an alleged reference to the rapper's son in a freestyle.[15] In October 2007, Kass finally succeeded in being released from his record contract.[9] However, after rumors of a deal with Def Jam or G-Unit Records,[16] he was again incarcerated, this time for violating his parole by flying to the 2007 BET Awards. During this time, he put out the album Institutionalized Volume 2 on Babygrande Records. After nearly two years of incarceration, Ras Kass was released from jail at the end of May 2009.[17] Ras Kass talks about his arrest and incarceration in the 2011 film Rhyme and Punishment, which documents rap artists who have spent time behind bars. The Quarterly[edit] Featured in HipHopDX's Underground Report, Ras Kass revealed that his next release would be a project called The Quarterly. Originally intended to be completed within the fourth quarter of 2009, it comprises a song a week released in the fashion of fellow west coast emcee Crooked I's Hip-Hop Weekly and Freeway's Month of Madness.[18] "The Quarterly" was released on November 23, 2009 via www.raskass-central.com and includes nineteen tracks featuring collaborations by Killah Priest, Mistah F.A.B. and Krondon of Strong Arm Steady, with production from Pete Rock, Veterano, and others.[19] A.D.I.D.A.S. Kickstarter project and Save The Ras Kass[edit] Flyer with the South African dates of the Ras Kass A.D.I.D.A.S. album tour, 2011 In early 2010 Ras Kass launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacture of 1,000 CDs and 500 records for his A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin) project and a viral marketing campaign called "Save The Ras Kass", which included a series of satirical web episodes about the plight of the endangered emcee.[20] In an interview with MTV UK writer Han O'Connor he explained his decision to use Kickstarter, stating "we started trying different angles at solving old problems. Kickstarter was the natural evolution of trying creative new business models. When we put out The Quarterly there were people that said, ‘well how come you didn’t create a CD for this?’ and I’m like ‘well if I have to spend that $5000 and you want one, I appreciate it but there’s the small problem that I spent $5000.’"[21] His webisodes document the downfall of an emcee, as he explained, "You just see this downward spiral; it’s just that fall from grace and I’m kind of making fun of that and using me as the vehicle for it."[21] Finally, Ras Kass exceeded the $3,800 needed for the record in less than five days,[22] with the project being released as a limited edition double CD and LP on July 20, 2011.[23] Barmageddon[edit] On November 2012 Ras Kass stated that he had changed the name of his upcoming LP from P.U.M.A. (Pushin Underground Music Always) to Barmageddon. It was released on February 12, 2013.[24] Barmageddon includes features from Kendrick Lamar, MK Asante, Bishop Lamont, Ice T, Too Short, and Talib Kweli. Soul on Ice 2[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) During an interview with Sway Calloway, Ras Kass announced that he is working on a sequel to his debut album Soul On Ice, called Soul on Ice 2. The album was set to be released in December 2016.[25]


Discography[edit] Main article: Ras Kass discography Studio albums Soul on Ice (1996) Rasassination (1998) Barmageddon (2013) Barmageddon 2.0 (2014) Intellectual Property: SOI2 (2016)


Filmography[edit] Rhyme & Reason (1997) I Got the Hook Up (1998) Brothahood (2000) BEEF IV (2007) Rhyme and Punishment (2011)[26] The Art of Rap (2012)


References[edit] ^ "Canibus, Kurupt, Killah Priest, & Rass Kass (The HRSMN) - Historic Audio | Ambrosia For Heads". ambrosiaforheads.com. Retrieved 2014-11-06.  ^ "Top 50 MCs of Our Time: 1987 – 2007 – 50 Greatest Emcees of Our Time". Rap.about.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16.  ^ "Jedi Mind Tricks: Visions of Gandhi | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2014-11-06.  ^ Jason Ankeny (1973-09-25). "Ras Kass | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-18.  ^ Teedra Moses: Simply Complex Part Two Allhiphop.com ^ Teedra Moses: A Conversation with the Young Lioness (2008) Beatsboxingmayhem.com ^ RAS KASS: “Let the Truth be Told“ Hiphopclub.biz, 2006 ^ Nathan Rabin (1998-09-22). "Rasassination - Ras Kass | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-18.  ^ a b "Ras Kass and Capitol Records finally part ways". CraveOnline. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2015.  ^ "Ras Kass - HipHop-Elements.com". Retrieved 9 March 2015.  ^ [1] ^ "Exclusive Hip Hop News, Audio, Lyrics, Videos, Honeys, Wear, Sneakers, Download Mixtapes". Retrieved 9 March 2015.  ^ "Mixtape Monday: Mixtape Monday: Ras Kass Claims L.A. Crown; Ice-T Considers 'New Jack' Sequel". Archived from the original on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2015.  ^ a b [2] Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Ras Kass - Bet That". Xxlmag.com. 2006-09-19. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-09-21.  ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080418104708/http://allhiphop.com/stories/features/archive/2007/10/18/18752313.aspx. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help) ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090430101357/http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2009/04/27/21474450.aspx. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help) ^ "Lil B - Bitch Mob (Respect The Bitch)". HipHopDX. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.  ^ "Ras Kass Announces Release & Tracklisting Of The Quarterly". HipHopDX. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2015.  ^ RAS KASS: A.D.I.D.A.S. - Limited Edition CD & Vinyl Kickstarter.com ^ a b "Ras Kass MTV UK Interview (by Han O'Connor)". MTV UK’s The Wrap Up. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-05-17.  ^ Ras Kass Asks Fans to Donate $3,800 to Release Next Album Hiphopdx.com, 23 February 2010 ^ Ras Kass Laces "A.D.I.D.A.S." Up, "Play My Sh*t Against Whoever Says They Got A Hot Album" Sohh.com, 20 July 2010 ^ "Ras Kass "Barmageddon" Album Stream | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 2014-11-06.  ^ http://2dopeboyz.com/2016/03/24/ras-kass-soul-on-ice-2-announcement/ ^ Rhyme and Punishment


External links[edit] Ras Kass Central Ras Kass on IMDb Barmageddon album lyrics v t e Ras Kass Studio albums Soul on Ice (1996) Rasassination (1998) Mixtapes Institutionalized (2005) Institutionalized Vol. 2 (2008) Collaborations The Horsemen Project (with The HRSMN) Singles "Anything Goes" "Soul on Ice Remix" "Ghetto Fabulous" Related Discography Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 80623224 LCCN: no2004061760 GND: 136244254 MusicBrainz: ccceb435-efd5-426a-bcdc-024262712525 Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ras_Kass&oldid=825895451" Categories: Living peopleRappers from Los AngelesPriority Records artistsAfrican-American male rappersFive percenters1972 birthsUnderground rappersWest Coast hip hop musiciansPeople from Carson, CaliforniaHidden categories: Webarchive template wayback linksPages with citations lacking titlesPages with citations having bare URLsArticles with hCardsArticles with attributed pull quotesArticles needing additional references from August 2016All articles needing additional referencesWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers


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