Rapper Ras Kass has
been released from Corcoran State Prison in California, after serving almost 2
yearsfor a third DUI conviction.
The rapper was
released on December 21, 2004.
In January of 2003,
Ras Kass was supposed to surrender to California authorities to serve a mandatory
9 months for the conviction.
Instead of surrendering,
the rapper went on the run to protest what he labeled a “slave”
deal with Priority Records.
His flight sparked
conversation in Hip-Hop circles of his whereabouts. In May of 2003, he finally
surrendered to authorities, after spending 5 months on the run.
highly anticipated CD Goldyn Chyld was never released by Priority,
as was the case with his anticipated album Van Gogh, which was shelved
due to rampant internet bootlegging.
In May, lawyers
representing Ras Kass filed a civil complaint in the Los Angeles County Superior
Court against Priority Records.
lawsuit alleged that Priority breached their agreement, by distributing two
of the four albums Ras Kass recorded over a period of 9 years.
“I want what
is fair; all I want is to create great music, have the proper team behind me,
and be the artist that I am,” Ras Kass said in a previous statement. “I
am prepared to do what it takes in order to be released from this ugly situation.”
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