“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.
Hip Hop at its best is a tool to reach and teach the masses, at its worst it is just noise (yeah I said it). There was a time when you had to drop jewels to be considered a dope emcee or to even be considered an emcee period. In the early and mid-90s there was a west coast invasion of hip hop music, the reality rap format aka gangsta rap had taken over the musical landscape. There were a “gang” of rappers coming from the west coast and for the most part they all reflected the street lifestyle that was lived in California. Most of the “Gangster Rappers” were not known for complex lyrics, it was that feeling, that vision (you could see it). There were a few “gangster rap” artist that had a broad appeal outside the hood and white kids that wanted to be from the hood.
There were a few that had a broad appeal outside the hood and Ras Kass was one of those artists. Known more for his lyrics than his gangster exploits, it’s not that Ras was abandoning his Carson City, California roots but he just wanted to drop good hip hop that would appeal to a huge audience. In 1996 Ras Kass dropped a debut album (Soul on Ice) that had the east, west, north, and south rocking with him. One song in particular “Nature of The Threat” though not released as a single it had a huge impact on the listener then and one listen today will have your brain hanging. It is a lesson in world history set to a 7minute soundscape that requires many rewinds. To think the internet was not as prominent and there was no google.com back then, thus the listener had to go research the information and be educated. Today’s listener has a advantage us 90s heads didn’t have. Listen, research and thank Ras when you see him.