Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles & ONYX Troll Internet Thugs, Like Mr. Robot (Video)
Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles and ONYX are from a different school, and they wear that distinction with pride. There’s is one where quality comes first, and trends are to be made, not to be chased. On Ras’ “Downward Spiral,” Bumpy and ONYX join him in the fight to save Hip-Hop from what they see as a descent into mediocrity. Ras spits venom like “These rappers got wack hit songs and I congrat’ you. No disrespect, don’t get upset when I don’t dap.” For their part, Bumpy and ONYX rap about how some things have changed for the worse in the digital era, with lines like “Rapped in confederate, Fred’ll rip straight through 100s of terabytes of all the shit you bite. MC from era of spitting right,” and “Rappers don’t even know who they writers. All this wack shit gave my computer the virus. Niggas sending threats to the G-Mail. That ain’t gangsta, only thing you blasting is the e-mail.” Now, the fearsome foursome have united in a new video which they are premiering on Ambrosia For Heads.
In a clever flip of their theme of things having run amok in the digital age, Ras, Bumpy and ONYX turn to the break out USA Network show, Mr. Robot, as inspiration for the “Downward Spiral” visuals. The show is about a rogue hacker who uses his talents to take down the evil system and those corrupted by it. Donning the masks worn by the series’ title character when he sends out messages to his enemies about what is to befall them, the four MCs send similar warnings to MCs they believe are bastardizing Hip-Hop culture. All four MCs appear in the gritty video.
“Downward Spiral” is the first single from Ras Kass’ forthcoming Intellectual Property: SOI2, the long awaited sequel to his Souls On Ice album. Visit Ras Kass’ Bandcamp page for more new music.