These are 3 songs that were already released on 2 of his previous projects. I have no idea why they are putting them out. Ras Kass is a God level MC and I don’t know why he would waste his time being on a project with this guy. Hopefully he is just getting a check. V1C is awful on the mic and never needs to rap ever again. Please save our ears and get another job. ANY other job. This is straight trash. Skip over completely.
This was a surprise album by a collection of MCs. I’m not even sure how this was even assembled but it was interesting to listen to. I would have never thought to put together Ras Kass, Yukmouth, Swifty McVay, and Mrk Sx together as a group. As far as bars, you are definitely getting them in abundance, especially from Ras Kass and Swifty. They really seem to stand out with their verses. The beats are average to possibly above average on here. There really isn’t a standout track, but the album plays through pretty nicely. All in all, not a bad job by all involved here.
V1C needs to NEVER rhyme again, ever. This guy is straight trash on the mic. The bars are so bad. He is the type of guy that throws a bunch of complicated words together and hope that they sound good. His flow is garbage. He really brings the overall quality of rap music down. Ras Kass, on the other hand, is a lyrical genius. His legend is cemented in time. So again, it’s very surprising that he would agree to this project. The beats on here aren’t too good either. Thank God there are only 4 tracks to suffer through. This is one you want to skip right over. Let’s wait for another Ras Kass project on its own and hope that V1C gets a job flipping burgers in the meantime.
Canibus, Killah Priest, Kurupt, and Ras Kass combine forces once again to form the epic and legendary Four Horsemen for the creation of another album. You already know that this one is going to be an onslaught of bars and all 4 MCs definitely do their thing when it comes to delivering the lyrics. Ras Kass really shines through the most out of all but Kurupt has some strong performances as well. The beats on here are okay. I do feel like they could have made better selections for such a monumental album, but they are still pretty good if nothing else. “Believer” is one of the strongest records on this album. It definitely has a theme throughout of the four horsemen of the apocalypse coming to end the world which pretty much makes sense for a project like this. The fans of bars out there will definitely not want to miss this one.
For some reason, Ras Kass teamed up with V1C to give us 4 songs of pretty much straight garbage. On the mic, Ras Kass is awesome. He always has been. There’s no denying his talent. But I’m not sure why he did this project. V1C is absolutely terrible. Please never rhyme again. His bars are chock full of “lyrical spiritual miracles” like a freshman in college that thinks he has found his calling in life and took up rapping for the semester. His bars are absolute hot trash. The beats on here are below average and not even worth spinning back again. Someone had some kind of idea for this project but we have no idea why they thought it was a good idea. Ras Kass should just distance himself from this and keep doing what he is doing. V1C, I believe UPS is hiring.
This is basically a re-release of Ras Kass’s 2014 album by the same name with 1 new track added onto the end. I’m not quite sure why he put out the same album again, but it was dope the first time around and still holds up. He flips a lot of old Christmas song favorites and puts his signature slick bars over top of the reworked songs. It sounds really dope especially from a barsmith like Ras Kass. It definitely has a seasonal feel which is good considering the theme of it. Even this new track that he added about the election is dope as well. It is a freestyle over Drake’s “Laugh Now Cry Later.” All in all, Ras Kass is the man and always will be and we always welcome any work that he puts out.
Ras Kass drops off a new EP that is super quick at only 5 tracks, but if this is any indication of how the album will be, we may be getting a classic. Ras Kass is incredible on the mic. He sounds as fresh and clever as ever. It really is uncanny how good lyrically Ras Kass is. His flow is all but unmatchable also. He perfectly executes on only 5 tracks. The beats on here are amazing as well and that is what might push it over the classic tipping point. The best song on here is the amazing “Dough.” With large Professor on the beat and Ras Kass murdering the mic, MCs are in trouble when the album drops. Cop this sneak peek ASAP.
Ras Kass, El Gant, & J57, better known collectively as the Jamo Gang are back with a brand new album. This one is pretty decent overall. On the mic, I think that Ras Kass definitely shines the brightest, but the other two are able to run very closely behind him. There are definitely some dope lines sprinkled throughout the project, but Ras Kass seems to be dropping most of them. El Gant & J57 definitely have good flows though. The production on here is definitely a bit above average. The far and above highlight is “The 1st Time” produced by DJ Premier. This one is classic Preem and it is a banger. Preemo also did another joint called “Highway.” There is a lot of boom bap on here so fans of that will definitely be happy. Another honorable mention is “Runyon Canyon” which has a fantastic beat. On paper, it seems that everything would be flawless, however, this project doesn’t quite get the whole way to the finish line. They definitely get most of the way there though. This was a good job by all involved.
Ras Kass blesses us with the follow up to his 1996 opus Soul On Ice with the second chapter. On the mic, Ras Kass sounds like he hasn’t missed a step at all in over 20 years. He sounds just as fresh and precise as he did back then. His bars are top notch and he addresses deep and clever issues at an expert level. His deepest song is probably the very well-researched “White Power” with Immortal Technique. On here, he breaks down a lot of jewels about racism not only in America, but around the world. It really sheds a lot of light on dark areas. Other features on the album include Styles, Lil Fame, Snoop Dogg, Everlast, Jamo Gang, and more. The production side of this album is dope as well. You get great beats, great samples, and hard drums pretty much all throughout the project. While this project may not be a classic, fans and casual fans alike will definitely be feeling this album.
What should have been a dope collective here just didn’t seem to deliver the way I thought it would have with this release. At 8 tracks, they didn’t have a whole lot of room for error. And honestly, I don’t think they made a whole lot of serious errors, maybe just some slight ones. Lyrically, you have a trio of dope MCs. Ras Kass definitely delivers bars on here, that is for sure. The other 2 MCs just didn’t quite seem to go there though as much as I thought they would. The beats are pretty solid on here. Not too many complaints in that department. I don’t think they were world class, just merely got the job done with some hard drums. This was a decent attempt overall at making a supergroup type EP with dope records similar to Slaughterhouse. I don’t think they are anywhere close to them, but it was a good attempt.
Ras Kass blesses us with another project before closing out the year and this one is a pretty good mixed bag of some stuff. It sounds a little thrown together but I think that was the point of it. Just some free music before the year ends. Lyrically, Ras Kass is always on point. The West Coast veteran sounds amazing as usual and spits thought-provoking and sharp bars for listeners to digest. There are some other MCs that lend their talents and that is a bit if an area of contention. Features like Planet Asia, Killah Priest, and Kurupt are awesome, but some of the lesser known MCs just sort of seem like filler. I would have rather heard Ras Kass the whole way through. The beats are somewhere between decent and above average on here. There are some slamming beats like “Armed & Dangerous” and “Never Free” which definitely delight the ear. One of the funniest songs I have ever heard in my life would probably be “The Queef Song” which is pretty much self-explanatory. You have to hear it to believe it. All in all, this is a dope project that you should feel bad about if you miss it.
This album marks the 20th anniversary of the original Soul On Ice project from Ras Kass. This project is more of like an updated showcase of the supreme MC’s skills. It doesn’t sound dated or old at all. Lyrically, Ras Kass is sharp as ever. I’d almost argue that he is better than he was 20 years ago. A truly slept on MC that a lot of people should give more credit to. The beats on this album range from awesome bangers to some that are pretty lackluster. One of the main criticisms I’d give this project is that it is too long. While as a fan I do appreciate getting as much material from an artist that I can get, I do like to see projects at the right length with tracks that fit together and make sense as cohesive. Some highlights of this project include “Extraordinary Vets” and “Paypal The Feature.” If you are a Ras Kass fan, you will definitely appreciate this release. While it might not be a fitting tribute to the classic debut album, I think it serves as a strong album for the veteran MC.