Ras Kass is finally free from Capitol
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, 1996s Soul On Ice and 1998s Rasassination (along with two more recorded but never formally released albums, 2001s Van Gogh and 2002s Goldyn Chyld), the Carson, California native publicly sought a release from the label.
Unfortunately, in the midst of his public declaration of freedom from Priority Ras was arrested and jailed for roughly a year-and-a-half. Since his release in December 2004 he has released 3 unofficial mixtape/street albums: Institutionalized Vol. 1, Revenge Of The Spit, and Eat Or Die.
Thankfully for Ras Kass faithful fans their favorite Conceited Bastard should no longer be relegated to underground releases and can now potentially resume his major-label recording career.
For those who may unfortunately still be unfamiliar with his laser-sharp lyricism, be sure to check out Ras Kass on the Cypher Segment of this year's BET Hip Hop Awards when they air on the network Wednesday, October 17, 2007.