Underrated: "The Thing About Him Is He Goes Over People's Heads"
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 12:15AM
[Master Mixers: With this month's premiere of BET's "Master of the Mix" in full gear, SOHH is featuring two of the show's hosts to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee. After Donny Goines named Skyzoo last week, DJ Kid Capri crowns Ras Kass SOHH Underrated.]
Let me see. Who's the most underrated rapper? Lord Finesse seems like one of them but I think Ras Kass could really be one, too. I think I'm going to name Ras Kass for SOHH Underrated.
Ras Kass from the West Coast is the most underrated rapper to me. Ras has been doing his thing for a long time and I still remember getting up with him in the past. I remember us doing the "One On One" record.
I remember meeting Ras Kass in New York and he came to meet up with me. He came to the studio. As a matter of fact, he came through to do two records but we just didn't have enough time. The first record we didn't have enough time to do but the other one we were able to put out.
I think the thing about Ras Kass is he goes a little bit over people's heads. He's so clever and intricate that it shows up in his rhymes. People don't always get it and so you have to really dumb it down for people sometimes.
A lot of times, when you have someone who puts out 50 records, [they're] records that don't need a lot of time and those are the ones that sometimes have a bigger impact. When you're putting too much into something, you're putting your love and your heart into it, but you really don't need that to get it across because the people ain't feeling those feelings that you're feeling.They want something that relates to what they're feeling. And that's why simplicity always triumphs. That's why dudes like Ras Kass have been where he's been and not where he's supposed to be.
DJ Kid Capri was born David Anthony Love in the Bronx, NY; he began scratching records as early as age eight, and was already an accomplished turntablist by his teens, later spinning records at the famed nightclub Studio 54 and earning a grass-roots following by selling mix tapes of his nightly sets. As his reputation grew, Kid Capri eventually signed to Warner Bros., where he produced sessions for everyone from Heavy D to Boogie Down Productions to Quincy Jones; he also spent seven seasons as the DJ for cable's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.
Check out some Ras Kass music below: