Ras Kass is a Legacy Artist., a Hip Hop purists' archetype & a rappers worst nightmare; Dr Dre has called him a Superstar. Ice Cube consistently ranks him as a Top 5 lyricist. his nom de plume is literally "Your favorite rappers' , Favorite Rapper".
He has always been considered criminally underrated - which simply means He Has Not Been Given The Right Team Framework & Proper Exposure.
He is a lyricist, published author, Exec Producer, SAG actor, ghost writer, Voice over actor, music consultant, Public Speaker and Urban Philosopher.
Ras recently received a B+ GPA in the recently-Viral "Hip Hop Report Card" from Old School Legend, Kool Moe Dee.
He's worked with the greats: DJ Quik to Dj Premiere, The Rza to Kanye West; from Apollo Brown, The Alchemist to multiple Grammy award winning funk producer Jack Splash. and collaborated with elite rappers like Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Mobb Deep, Nipsey Hussle, Jay Z, 2Chainz, The Lox, Talib Kweli, Too Short and too many more to name
born in Watts, California as John R. Austin IV.
In 1996 he had twin sons (Ras and Taj) with R&B and soul singer-songwriter Teedra Moses;
The twins are now half the member buzzing new group called Coast Contra.
His sister Tiffany Austin is a lauded Jazz Singer.
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. "Nature Of The Threat" is a groundbreaking song from Ras Kass first album used in University History classes around the world as it challenges the dogma of traditional western history taught in American class rooms and presents the historical context and facts to support an opposing point of view from the perspective of a modern revolutionary.