Ras Kass Recruits Pete Rock For Some Ice Cold Soul (Video)
Ras Kass has steadily dropped quality material since he came on the scene in the mid-1990s. Soul On Ice 2 is an important album in a respected discography, especially since it was first announced three years ago. When this sequel to 1996’s cult-lauded original was released at the beginning of September, Heads were treated to Razzy Kazzy’s high-level lyricism alongside an all-star line-up of producers and guests.
The Pete Rock-produced “Can U Feel It” is a highlight within the Mello Music Group LP. This cut sees Razzy reunite with Pete Rock for a soulful groove powered by a simple vocal sample and tidbits of a 1970s Jazz record that’s become a Hip-Hop standard. The last time these two teamed up was for 2009’s “If This World Were Mine” from Ras’ The Quarterly project. So, fittingly, “The Waterproof MC” and “The Chocolate Boy Wonder” got together to film a video for this smooth joint.
Right off the bat, the rapper born John Austin, IV brings a barrage of punchlines that exemplify his humor and cutting wit. “I’m mixin’ mango and vodka in my NutriBullet / Just ’cause Trayvon couldn’t, I stay hooded…way hooded / Class of ’96 freshman rapper / My little bro a trapper / We consorting with flappers / The Great Gatsby, dopest ni**a out, if you ask me / Before Chapelle got ripped and Larry was Ashy / I watched hashish turn into dabs / 420-friendly, let you burn in the lab / I’m so concerned with the pad, pens, and bars / No glamorous sh*t / Besides, ‘Woman Of The Year’ got a d*ck / Take money, gone baby, gone like a stillborn / ‘Cause I’m the future of Rap, Nayvadius Wilburn / Let me get to the point, no goaltendin’ / With no f*cks given, ’cause I’m a rider, I love women / Try’na meet Lana Del Rey and climax inside her / Then whisper in her ear, ‘Hail Hydra’.” From social commentary to pop culture references to observations on the changing times, Ras covers a lot in just the first verse. The hook here is handled by 4rAx and interpolates a well-known Christmas carol. While it may be a little early for Yuletide cheer, the chorus works well.
The video is directed by The Last American B-Boy. He captures Ras in his element in L.A., riding an electric scooter under the freeway. This is interspersed with footage of him chilling with Pete in a restaurant. .
Soul On Ice 2 also involves Diamond D, Snoop Dogg, CeeLo, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Everlast, and Razzy’s crew, Jamo Gang. Notably, Pete Rock and Skyzoo released another Mello Music Group LP, Retropolitan.
At AFH TV, Heads can watch interviews with Ras Kass on the original Soul On Ice and a brand new conversation surrounding its sequel. Additionally, there are several Pete Rock videos, including a brand new interview with him and Skyzoo discussing their album. We are currently offering free 7-day trials.
#BonusBeat: Pete Rock recently confirmed to AFH TV that a Petestrumentals 3 is coming soon, made entirely with his Soul Brothers band. Also, Rock is making a companion version of his Return Of The SP1200 instrumental album, featuring guest MCs: