Ras Kass Forms A New Group With J57 & El Gant. Here’s The First Single (Audio)
Over the years, Ras Kass is a big proponent of collaboration. He has appeared on blockbuster albums like Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio, he rapped alongside GZA on the cult-lauded Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture compilation, and he spit bars on the celebrated Caltroit project. Beyond simple song chemistry, Razzy has created a number of groups. Some, like the 4 Horsemen (aka HRSMN) have been fairly prolific. Kurupt, Killah Priest, and Canibus have joined Ras in featuring quite frequently on each others’ projects, with only a low-key, limited edition 2003 release even coming from the group. Other acts, like Golden State Warriors (with Xzibit, Saafir) or The White Crows (with Mista Lawnge) have yielded far less material. More recently, from work with DJ Rhettmatic (A.D.I.D.A.S.), Jack Splash (Semi Hendrix), and Apollo Brown (Blasphemy), the veteran California lyricist continues to dabble.
That said, it is no surprise that Ras Kass launches 2017 with a new campaign. Here, he links with two New Yorkers to form Jamo Gang. The trio consists of Ras, as well as producer J57, and El Gant. J57 is a Long Island native and founding member of Brown Bag AllStars. He’s produced for Homeboy Sandman, Redman, and Pharoahe Monch. El Gant stems back to the early 2000s Underground boom, having worked with Ill Bill, El Da Sensei, and Tek.
The first single from Jamo Gang is “Here We Go Again.” The charged J57-produced song features Big Twins of Infamous Mobb. Gant begins, then Ras Kass, who throws agent orange all over the mic with his cutting verse. Twins tackles the chorus with his gravelly voice. At the end of the track, 57 breaks down the beat—showing off his production prowess, with more to come. J57 (who is a MC too) confirms to Ambrosia For Heads that the album is completed, coming soon, and features DJ Premier.
#BonusBeat: A late 2015 freestyle of Ras Kass and El Gant:
This appeared on DJ Eclipse’s Rap Is Outta Control show.