Ras Kass Readies Album for August 5th Release

West Coast rhymesayer Ras Kass continues to

keep fans in mind as he gears up for the release of his forthcoming album Institutionalized Vol.II.

The project is the latest in a string of albums from Ras Kass, who first emerged

on the scene with his 1996 debut Soul On

Ice. Since then, the California

native has cemented his status as a fixture in the West Coast Hip-Hop scene

with his 1998 follow-up Rasassination

and appearances on various mixtapes.

Institutionalized Vol. II comes after

Ras Kass 'Institutionalized Vol. 1.Revenge

of the Spit, a 27-song mixtape that was released independently in February


The new Babygrande Records album was

originally slated to come out in the summer of 2006, but was put on hold in

light of the rapper's lawsuit against Capital/EMI Records.

The label later released Ras Kass from his recording contract following the

settlement of the suit in 2007.

Ras Kass is currently serving time at the Pitchess Detention Center North

Facility in Castaic, Ca. after his Oct. 29, 2007 arrest in Palmdale,

California, for violating his probation by

leaving California to attend the BET Hip-Hop

Awards in Atlanta.

Ras Kass' Instinutionalized Vol. II

is scheduled to hit stores on August 5th.