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Ras Kass
Background information
Birth name John Austin IV
Also known as Rassy Kassy
The Waterproof MC
K.O.T.W.
Origin Carson, California, United States
Genre(s) Hip-hop
Years active 1994–present
Label(s) Priority/Capitol/EMI Records
Associated acts the HRSMN
Canibus
Killah Priest
Kurupt
Xzibit
Saafir
Rakim
Wu-Tang Clan
Jedi Mind Tricks
Dr. Dre
Bishop Lamont
Crooked I
Website Official Web Site

John Austin IV, better known by his stage name Ras Kass, is an American rapper. He is also a member of underground supergroup The HRSMN along with: Killah Priest, Kurupt, and Canibus. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... Location of Carson in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1968-02-20 [2] Government  - Mayor Jim Dear [1] Area  - City  18. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Priority Records is an American based record label, owned and operated by EMI, and has made a name for itself dealing primarily in hip hop music. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... The HRSMN (aka The Four Horsemen) is an American hip hop group that has released one album entitled The Horsemen Project. ... Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974), better known as Canibus and also as Can-I-Bus and Rip the Jacker, is a Jamaican-born American MC and rapper. ... Killah Priest on the cover of his album Black August Walter Reed (born August 16, 1970), better known as Killah Priest, is an American rapper and affiliate of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. ... Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972 in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. ... Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974) better known by his stage name Xzibit, is an American rapper, actor, and television personality, who was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in Los Angeles, California by his father and stepmother. ... Saafir is a free-style rapper, the saucee nomad, and hunchback of Oakland. After moving from Fresno, California (the No) to Oakland, California, he lived with Tupac Shakur and became a dancer for Digital Underground. ... Rakim (pronounced Rah-Kem) (full name Rakim Allah, born William Michael Griffin Jr. ... Wu-Tang redirects here. ... For the concept in Star Wars, see Jedi mind trick. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ... Philip Martin (born October 31, 1978 Inglewood, California[[1]][1]), better known by his stage name Bishop Lamont, is an American rapper from Carson, California currently signed to Dr. Dres Aftermath Entertainment record label. ... Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... This article is about the term in rock music. ... The HRSMN (aka The Four Horsemen) is an American hip hop group that has released one album entitled The Horsemen Project. ... Killah Priest on the cover of his album Black August Walter Reed (born August 16, 1970), better known as Killah Priest, is an American rapper and affiliate of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. ... Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972 in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. ... Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974), better known as Canibus and also as Can-I-Bus and Rip the Jacker, is a Jamaican-born American MC and rapper. ...

Contents

Biography

Early career

Ras Kass released his debut album Soul on Ice in 1996. The album built up considerable hype through the release of several independent singles, including "Remain Anonymous" and "Won't Catch Me Runnin'." Soul on Ice saw little commercial success but was adored by the hip-hop underground, which appreciated both his sharp battle rhymes and his militant Afrocentricity. The latter also caused controversy due to the songs "Ordo Abchao" and "Nature of the Threat," which were tracks detailing the history of white-on-black racism, the latter lasting for well over seven minutes and likely his best-known song. Some claimed that Ras was extreme to the point of racism against Caucasians. Soul On Ice is the debut album by Ras Kass, released in 1996. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The word militant has come to refer to any individual or party engaged in aggressive physical or verbal combat, normally for a cause. ... Afrocentrism is an outlook or worldview centered on Africa and the descendants of African peoples, much the way Eurocentrism is centered on Europe and Europeans. ... Nature of the Threat is a hip-hop song written and performed by the artist Ras Kass, from the 1996 album Soul on Ice. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial quota...


Ras Kass made a big push to make sure his second album Rasassination was commercially successful. As well as securing guest appearances from Xzibit and the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, he received considerable assistance from superstar West Coast producer Dr. Dre, who rhymed on the lead single "Ghetto Fabulous," the video for which was supported by an extravagant video shot on a luxury yacht. Rasassination is the sophomore effort from rapper Ras Kass. ... Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974) better known by his stage name Xzibit, is an American rapper, actor, and television personality, who was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in Los Angeles, California by his father and stepmother. ... Wu-Tang redirects here. ... RZA (IPA pronunciation: ; born , July 5, 1969) is an American hip hop producer, rapper and actor. ... In the 1980s, hip hop music began to break into the mainstream of the United States. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ...


The album contained some of his most intellectual material to date ("Interview With A Vampire," a theological and spiritual exploration that featured Ras rhyming from the perspectives of God, himself, and the Devil) and occasionally addressed very personal subject matter ("It Is What It Is," concerning his relationship with his mother). Despite the single, his album still didn't sell as expected. This article is about the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... This is an overview of the Devil. ...


Ras Kass' third album Van Gogh was originally intended for release in 2001. However, the nearly-finished album was leaked onto the internet months before the release date. It received excellent reviews,[citation needed] but the bootlegging caused his label Priority Records to push the release date back twice before the record was eventually shelved indefinitely. This further worsened the relationship between the label and Ras Kass, which was already strained due to disputes over several things, including the level of promotion Ras was being given, and the alleged block of the Columbia/SME Records release of his supergroup Golden State Warriors' debut album. The unreleased Van Gogh album even featured the lyrics "Fuck Priority Records, like Prince I'm writing SLAVE on my cheek" (this was later fulfilled as Ras Kass appeared in popular hip hop magazine XXL with SLAVE written on his face). Priority Records is an American based record label, owned and operated by EMI, and has made a name for itself dealing primarily in hip hop music. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe music groups comprising members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists. ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... XXL may refer to one of the following: a clothing size that generally means Extra Extra Large. ...


The relationship between Ras and Priority reached breaking point when the label also shelved the intended Van Gogh replacement Goldyn Chyld, an album that featured tracks from Van Gogh as well as new material. The indefinite postponement[cite this quote] was due to a dispute over the lead single: Ras wanted to release the DJ Premier-produced title track, while Priority wanted a Dr. Dre-produced track, against the wishes of both Ras and Dre. This prompted Ras to launch a Free Ras Kass campaign (supported by an on-line petition and T-shirts) to gain his release from his contract with the label. This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ...


Incarceration

In 2002, Ras Kass went on the run from the authorities after a warrant was issued following an arrest for drunk driving. He then gave himself up. While incarcerated, he organized the independent release of a mixtape titled Re-Up, which featured himself and other artists. Priority Records unsuccessfully attempted to block this release. In the 2003 song "Rise of the Machines," (which featured Ras) Vinnie Paz, front man of the hip-hop group Jedi Mind Tricks showed where he stood on the issue by saying the words Free Ras Kass on the track. In May 2004, Ras filed a lawsuit against Priority Records, Capitol Records, and EMI in protest to his treatment by the label and claimed breach of contract in an attempt to have the mixtape nullified. Ras was denied his release from his recording contract with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in January 2007, even though Priority was absorbed by Capitol during 2004. There was a petition circulating the internet to get his release, generating about 1,308 signatures. Rise of the Machines is a single by Hip Hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks, released as a limited edition promo single in 2003 [1]. The vinyl is the only JMT single not to feature a B-Side. ... For the concept in Star Wars, see Jedi mind trick. ... Civil action redirects here. ... Priority Records is an American based record label, owned and operated by EMI, and has made a name for itself dealing primarily in hip hop music. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


The HRSMN

The HRSMN was collaboration between four emcees: Canibus, Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Killah Priest. Together the group released one album called The Horsemen Project during 2003 on Think Differently Music/Proverbs/Babygrande Records. Since that release, fans wait for another album. Although some members of the group kept calling it the Four Horsemen, Canibus always had the idea to add more people and form some kind of hip-hop supergroup. A lot of names have been mentioned in the past, such as Pharaohe Monch, Kool G Rap, Pac-Man, Young Zee, Chino XL, Royce Da 5'9", Journalist, Lyrisick, Common, Rakim, Pace Won, Keith Murray, Vinnie Paz, Lonnie B, Danja Mowf, and Crooked I. Unfortunately, none of these emcees were made a member of the group (though some artists on this list were featured on tracks).[1] The HRSMN (aka The Four Horsemen) is an American hip hop group that has released one album entitled The Horsemen Project. ... Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974), better known as Canibus and also as Can-I-Bus and Rip the Jacker, is a Jamaican-born American MC and rapper. ... Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972 in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. ... Killah Priest on the cover of his album Black August Walter Reed (born August 16, 1970), better known as Killah Priest, is an American rapper and affiliate of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. ...


2004–present

After his release from prison in December 2004, Ras was met with nationwide support. He appeared on several radio shows and returned to the studio, releasing a few songs to some acclaim. He then announced he would release a new album during 2005. To fire up his audience, Ras decided to drop the Guess Who's Back? mixtape, which was mainly released through his official Web site, raskass-central.com. Though still not officially released because of the Priority/Capitol/EMI Records situation, Ras did manage to independently release a mixtape/album titled Institutionalized Vol. 1. Revenge of the Spit, a 27-track mixtape featuring commercial instrumentals and original beats, was released in February 2006. Institutionalized Vol. 2 was slated for later that summer, but it never saw the light of day because Ras lost his case against Capitol/EMI Records. Ras was going to release another album under a new label but losing his battle with Capitol made that difficult. In September of 2006 Ras Kass performed a monumental show in conjunction with Scion events that also featered the artist Gambit from his record label, "RE-UP", as well Noyeek the Grizzley Bear, and The Roll Wit Us All Stars. The second official version of the Revenge of the Spit cover. ...


Recently, Ras announced that he and the newly revamped Priority Records are working on rebuilding their relationship. In new interviews that can be seen on Youtube, he mentioned that he is working on a new album to be titled The Autobiography of John Austin. However, on October 29, 2007, Ras Kass was arrested in Palmdale, California, for breaking his probation, leaving California and going to the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Ras is currently incarcerated in the Pitchess Detention Center North Facility located in Castaic, California. YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...


Feuds

The Alchemist

Ras Kass's first industry beef was with The Alchemist, a popular producer who has worked such artists as Dilated Peoples, Mobb Deep, and Nas. The situation came about when Ras allegedly bought a beat before Alchemist re-sold it to Jadakiss without notifying Ras or returning his money. The beat eventually became Jada's We Gon' Make It from his first album. The Alchemist blamed Priority Records, stating that he had had no communication with the label for months before he sold the track to Jadakiss and thus assumed that Ras Kass had declined to use it. The Alchemist is the title of more than one major work. ... Dilated Peoples is an underground hip hop group residing in California. ... Mobb Deep are a hip hop duo which consists of rappers Havoc and Prodigy. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Jayson T. Phillips (born May 27, 1975), also known by his stage name Jadakiss, is an American rapper. ...


This prompted Ras to dis Alchemist in freestyles and on a track from Van Gogh. Eventually the beef ended so he could concentrate on his legal problems but still cites a loss of respect for the producer. However, during 2006, The Alchemist was featured on a skit in the Revenge of the Spit mixtape. Furthermore, in an interview with www.hiphopgame.com, Ras admits that he was being stubborn and refused to listen to what the Alchemist was trying to tell him. The two have squashed the beef and Alchemist produced the song "Past, Future, and Present" and did the intro for the song that appeared on Revenge of the Spit.


The Game

A confrontation between Ras Kass and fellow west coast emcee The Game took place on September 14, 2006, at Club Element in Los Angeles. The Game approached Ras Kass about a song in which he and his son were allegedly disrespected. A scuffle ensued during which the Game punched Ras Kass in the face; Ras Kass was also rumored to have been hit from behind with a Moët bottle, and punched by one of the Game's entourage. No charges were filed. Ras Kass a video clip about the incident in which he claimed he was attacked 30 to two. Ras Kass also stated in an interview that he "walked up to Game's car and challenged him right there and he is no match for me physically or lyrically." Three days after the incident, Ras Kass dropped a dis record called "Hush Little Baby," produced by Krohme, that hinges on the Game's questionable past. Ras Kass later went on to release the diss record "Gayme Over," which further attacked the Game's credibility. The cover of the diss-track single featured a picture of the Game in his pose from the cover of The Documentary, this time holding a banana and wearing a pink wig. Jayceon Terell Taylor (born November 27, 1979 in Los Angeles,[1] California), better known by his stage name The Game, is a multi-platinum American rapper signed to Interscope Records. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Logo Moët & Chandon (founded 1743) is one of the worlds largest manufacturers of champagne and one of the best known champagne houses in the world. ... The Documentary is Los Angeles rapper The Games first major-label album. ...


Discography

Studio albums

  • Soul on Ice
    • Released: October 1, 1996
    • Chart positions: 169 U.S.
    • Singles: "Anything Goes"/"On Earth As It Is...", "Soul on Ice"/"Marinatin'"
  • Van Gogh
    • Released: Unreleased (planned for 2001)
    • Chart positions: -
    • Singles: "Back it Up"
  • Goldyn Chyld
    • Released: Unreleased (planned for 2002)
    • Chart positions: -
    • Singles: "Goldyn Chyld (Primo remix)"
  • Eat or Die
    • Released: September 19, 2006
    • Billboard 200 chart position: - 154
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
    • Singles: "King Of The West", "Capital "P" (remix)"

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Singles and EPs

  • 1995 "High IQ"
  • 1995 "Won't Catch Me Runnin"
  • 1995 "Jack Frost"
  • 1996 "Anything Goes"
  • 1996 "Miami Life"
  • 1996 "Soul On Ice"
  • 1998 "Ghetto Fabulous"
  • 1998 "Understandable Smooth"
  • 1999 "Oral Sex"
  • 2001 "Back It Up"
  • 2002 "Goldyn Child"
  • 2005 "Bars up"

Filmography

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References

External links

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