Review: Ras Kass “A.D.I.D.A.S.” (All Day I Dream About Spittin’)

Hip-Hop has long endeavored to be mainstream, but there

remains a bubbling, burgeoning underground that continues to emphasize the

basics – beats and rhymes. Ras Kass is one of the finest rappers to grace all

schools of Hip-Hop. He’s also seen the fruits of the game escape him time after

time. But, A.D.I.D.A.S. – a double album – is proof that the rigors of the

music industry has not broken Ras Kass. In fact, it sounds like he’s gotten

stronger.

The album – a collaboration with DJ Rhettmatic – starts fast

(ironically) with a slow tempo diddy called “I Am Legend,”  where AllHipHop gets a name check with

other digital properties. Ras lyrically gives listeners all that they are

looking for and more. The song is dope and Ras delivers a slower-than-usual

flow. He almost sounds Southern, but it allows him to enunciate each lyric to

perfection.

 

“This S**t Right Here” reunites Ras with his HRSMN

(Horsemen) brothers, Killah Priest, Canibus, Kurupt. No hooks needed as the

four rappers go for broke. Incidentally, none of the 90’s era rappers sound

dated or bitter. “HRSMN, no vowels…I don’t give a s**t, no bowels,” Ras snarls.

Other posse cuts include “Scenario 2012” with Planet Asia, Phil the Agony &

Krondon (Strong Arm Steady), Montage 1, Mistah FAB, and Chino XL. Most songs on

A.D.I.D.A.S. demonstrate Ras’ lust for spittin’ rhymes and its truly a lesson

in lyrics.

But, Ras Kass and DJ Rhettmatic do more than strong-arm

inferior rappers with punchlines. In classic Ras fashion, he gives powerful

content that gives those with an eager ear something to ponder. “Beautiful

Grind” with Evidence is just that, a melodic, airy song that will make riders

drop the top.  On “Where Is She” he

uses the metaphor as Rap as a woman to articulate his confusion over the genre.

“I just never expected to be disrespected by snitches and strippers,” he says

clearly referring to beef with The Game. These sort of songs are bountiful on

the album.

All is not perfect on Ras’ return to glory.

The primary problem A.D.I.D.A.S. is the album offers so many

songs that it gets convoluted and inconsistent at times. For example, “On Top”

with David Banner is a club record that simply doesn’t fit. If you are into

that sort of rap, it’s probably not a bad song. But it is in stark contrast to

“Radio,” the song before, with its chants of “too Black, too strong.” These

sorts of issues have plagued just about every rap act that produced a double

album. There are exceptions like “Visine,” which samples a Drake line, but the

difficulty keeping people’s attention becomes clear.

A.D.I.D.A.S.  is

better than most double albums that Hip-Hop has cranked out. At 26 tracks deep,

this is a lot to digest at once, but it is consistently fresh and demonstrates

why Ras Kass has our ear to this day. Also, he’s got more guest appearances

that this reviewer has ever seen (about 35!) on a rap album. Condensed, Ras easily has a classic here. Hopefully, there

is a grassroots groundswell that allows A.D.I.D.A.S. to be properly

appreciated…and allows Ras to continue to dream about spitting bars.

Cop it.

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