Ras Kass’ Rawest Rhymes Come To Life Over Statik Selektah Production (Audio)
2016 marks 20 years since Ras Kass entered the stage with Soul On Ice. Ever since, the Carson-by-way-of-Watts, California MC has become one of the most lethal lyricists in Hip-Hop, a master of style and substance. When Ras is agitated, he can make some of his best music—whether tackling lesser-skilled Rap peers, organized religion, or an industry that has always under-valued his attributes.
“Promised Land” is the MC’s most recent fire-starter. Produced by Statik Selektah, the scratch-energized, sample-structured song calls back to some of Razzy’s work with DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz, and Diamond D. However, this is its own thing. In pure stream of consciousness, the HRSMN member lets loose. Inspired by the unpunished murders of Black men throughout this history of the United States, the song covers a lot of autobiographical ground, and features signature punchlines to boot. On his way to “the promised land” (by Uber) Ras Kass drops off another reminder that has not lost any edge in his 20-year run.
It is unclear if this is an inclusion on Ras Kass’ upcoming Soul On Ice 2 album.