It's far from a common thing to find rappers creating material influenced by Star Wars, even for a mixtape. It's even harder to understand what goes on in Ras Kass' head.
The rapper/so-called lyricist has been extremely inconsistent in recent years, waivering between intelligent thought provoker and drunk driver. After building an amazing reputation with Soul On Ice, Kass has since then failed to maintain credibility.
Due to problems with his Priority records recording contract, Ras' delayed follow up to Rasassination seemed a fantasy. Following that, he was incarcerated for a D.U.I. Luck just wasn't on his side. Now, out of jail, Ras is trying his best at making a comeback.
"Revenge Of The Spit" on the whole is your run of the mill mixtape. It's not particularly unique and the Star Wars theme is only loosely woven (not that I'm complaining). There's the obligatory share of known guests and lukewarm collaborations with up-coming artists.
The consistency on the compilation goes from one extreme to another with his lesser known collaborations being average at best, and his better known collaborations being stellar. Although "Go Crazy" with Kweli over Jeezy's "Go Crazy" beat is an exception, definitely worth avoiding.
Alchemist and Ras are shown to have become friends once more as Alchemist introduces "Future & Past" featuring Royce 5'9. Hot off of a great run of excellent material, Royce doesn't fail to continue this pattern, both emcee's show quite the chemistry together.
Some of the shorter solo songs are Ras at his best ("I'm Phenomenal," "Rassy Music") along with "Just A Lil' Bitch," a short interlude over 50 Cent's "Just A Lil' Bit" parodying the track with Ras obsessing over a midget.
Ras also does a good job with "Hello Summa" (over Jay-Z's "Dear Summer" beat) addressing summer in a similar fashion to Jay (summer being Hip Hop over the summer period). Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Get This Money (Remix)" with Busta Rhymes and Ras is also another highlight.
There are too many disappointing and seeminly un-original moments though. "What If," for example, just seems like "Why" with a different way of questioning. It's nothing special.
Overall, "Revenge Of The Spit" is your average mixtape and it's for Ras Kass fans more so than potential listeners. I can't see it turning a new ear. If you haven't already, check out Soul On Ice, Ras at his best.