Via press release late
yesterday it was made official to the world: Ras Kass is finally off Capitol
Records. After signing to Priority Records (a division of
EMI/Capitol) roughly a dozen years ago, the Waterproof West Coast lyricist is
now legally free to seek out a new record deal with a new label, which his
management team Asti Management (Styles P, DJ Kid Capri) is
anxious to begin shopping for.
"I am just relieved and thankful to my management
team, my attorney Nyanza Shaw, OGPR and all of
the music press that showed me love and support these past few years. Now I am
anxious to finally be able to pursue my passion, spread my wings and remind the
world why Ras Kass is one of the greatest MC's of all time; dead or
alive!" says Ras.
Nearly three-and-a-half years since Ras filed a lawsuit
against Capitol, claiming among other things breach of conflict and intentional
infliction of emotional distress on the part of the label, he has procured the
release from his contract that he has been seeking for nearly 5 years.
While the means by which Ras was finally able to obtain his
recording freedom from Capitol were not disclosed in the press release, it has
become common knowledge within the hip-hop community that following his two
official releases via Priority Records, 1996