Ras Kass - Rasassination      
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written by Hugo Lunny    
Although it will be remembered for its fantastic lyrics, Ras Kass' debut album "Soul on Ice" was heavily criticized for its poor production and racist views. "Rasassination" is similar to "Soul on Ice" in some respects with Ras still having lyrics that strike a nerve, from "I got the hottest flow to hit the streets since lava" to "My style is sex and violence, vocabulary and science, in an uneasy alliance." And when Ras is simply kicking battle rhymes, he is at his best, as shown on "Rasassination", "Ice Age" and my personal favorite from the LP "H2O Proof". And fans of "Nature of The Threat" from "Soul on Ice" should enjoy "Interview With The Vampire" which claims to feature both God and Satan, although they both sound strangely like Ras.

Guests are plentiful on this album, as Coolio from "Soul on Ice" is replaced by everyone from Twista to the RZA himself on "The End". But unfortunately, as is notable particularly on the production, Ras has gone from dope underground lyricist to wannabe platinum rapper. While tracks such as "Ghetto Fabulous" and "It Is What It Is" have above average lyrics, the hooks and production let the song down. And "Lapdance" is probably one of the worst songs I've ever heard, with terrible singing, weak lyrics and throwaway beats.

The other complaint people said about "Soul On Ice" was the 'pro-black' lyrics. However, Ras really gets nasty on this album, with quotes like "fuck white people in general and the police in specific," and "when it's all said and done I'ma retire to an island in the caimans, enslaving Caucasians, living off ya momma's life savings." Ironically he says "a lot of white people are racist," even though his racist views spoilt the album for me.

The album reminded me a lot of KPs "Heavy Mental," since the wack beats almost outshone the lyrics. However, Ras prevailed over the production, but the combination of the beats and some of the more tasteless lyrics meant this album wasn't the masterpiece that Ras could have made.









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