Ras Kass is a producer’s wet-dream & a rapper’s worst nightmare! He’s worked with the greats: Dr Dre to DJ Premier, The RZA to Kanye West; from Apollo Brown to Jack Splash.
Born in Watts, CA on September 26 as John R. Austin IV. In 1996 he had twin sons (Ras and Taj) with R&B and soul singer-songwriter Teedra Moses. BMF Entertainment artist Barima “Bleu DaVinci” McKnight is his cousin.
Ras Kass sent waves through the hip-hop world with his debut independent single release “Remain Anonymous,” earning him a Hip-Hop Quotable in The Source Magazine. Before his signing with Priority/EMI Records, his first album, Soul on Ice, was released in 1996. Taking its name from a book by Eldridge Cleaver, Ras addressed racial relations in the same manner, most notably on the Diamond D produced “Soul On Ice” remix, and “Nature of the Threat.” The album was released on Priority Records, as was the follow-up, Rasassination.
Most recently “Barmageddon 2.0”, which was just released and includes features from Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chains, YukMouth, Bishop Lamont, Ice T, Too Short, and Talib Kweli.