Guest Star: "I'm The First Person To Ever Mention UFC In A Song"
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 4:55PM
[As Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues to build their mainstream buzz, West Coast rapper Ras Kass stakes his claim as having co-signed the brutal sport for decades.]
I'm going to be totally honest, my guilty pleasures are pretty simple. I actually [spoke about it] in a rap recently. I love watching f*cking UFC. I'm the first person to ever mention UFC in a song, especially on a major label. [It was the titular song] of my 1997 album, [Rasassination]. I wanted to be a part of it when [the sport was unpopular]. I remember it being banned in 48 states [but] I saw it, fell in love and had a vision for it.
I saw the MMA and just thought, 'This is the sh*t' and then I got put on to UFC. I don't bandwagon, but what I've realized is I've had great foresight but sometimes couldn't execute correctly or maybe my record company didn't have the vision. But the first verse from "Rasassination" starts off like this: 'You don't have enough calcium to have a bone to pick with me, like a gracie I choke a n*gga out with his own gi.' [Note: a gi is a lightweight, two-piece white garment worn in judo and other martial arts, typically consisting of loose-fitting pants and a jacket that is closed with a cloth belt].
I tried to send the track to the UFC organization like, "I love you guys. I want to be a part of this thing." I look at [UFC host] Joe Rogan like I could have been the musical version of Joe Rogan somehow. I've really been on that sh*t. I've been following UFC for years.
Just watching UFC expand, you can ask, I put a lot of n*ggas on to UFC. I've been on this sh*t for a long time.
Ras, a member of the Soleside Crew, is one of the dopest MC's to grace a microphone in a long time. His ability to freestyle combined with his offbeat flow make him almost untouchable on any stage anywhere (East Coast, West Coast, the South, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Frankfurt, Paris, etc....). Freeflowing MC's come and go, but the thing that sets them apart as great, lyrical content.