Ras Kass Settles Lawsuit with Capitol Records; Officially a Free Agent

ras-kass.jpgAfter sitting in limbo at Capitol Records for the past nine years, West Coast MC, Ras Kass, has officially settled his lawsuit with his former label and is now a free agent looking for a new recording home. Ras Kass originally signed with Priority Records in the mid ‘90s, releasing his critically acclaimed album, Soul on Ice, in 1996 and his follow-up LP, Rassassination, in 1998. Shortly after, Priority merged with Capitol Records and Ras Kass got lost in the shuffle. His third album, Van Gogh, was set to drop in 2001, but the label permanently shelved the project. A replacement album, Goldyn Chyld, was then in the works, but once again, Capitol refused to release the LP. Since then, Ras Kass has been engaged in a public dispute with Capitol, looking for his release from the imprint. In May 2004, Ras filed a lawsuit against Capitol Records/EMI for breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, interference with prospective economic advantages and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Capitol/EMI fired back with their own lawsuit in August 2004 alleging Federal Copyright Infringement due to Ras release a mixtape entitled Re-Up. Now, after years of legal setbacks, Ras has finally entered into a settlement agreement with Capitol/EMI. While the exact terms of the deal have not been disclosed, Ras is now able to seek out a new record deal. “I am just relieved and thankful to my management team, my attorney Nyanza Shaw, OGPR and all of the music press that showed me love and support these part few years,” Ras Kass said in a statement. “Now I am anxious to finally be able to pursue my passion, spread my wings and remind the world why Ras Kass is one of the greatest MCs of all time — dead or alive!” Ras Kass will make his first public appearance since the lawsuit on the Cypher Segment on this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards, which takes place on Saturday, October 13.

  • lation heat

    1st bitches! always wanted to do that. finally! free ras kass! but he said that shit was settled a couple years ago on his institutionalized album. was he lying? anyway now he can get back to makin that heat. way too underrated for way too long.

  • Vuitton Gotti

    The only thing I heard about him was that he got knocked out by Game. Real talk, that’s all I heard fa real nigga. lol

  • asjkfd

    first

  • Ryan

    I hope this goes well, Ras has been one of my favorites for years. One of the most underrated emcees ever.

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    I thought he signed to G-Unit ages ago?

  • k swinger

    We’re finally gonna get a real album from the “Waterproof MC”…hope he finds a label thats going to support him.

  • Mayor of the D

    The nigga ras Kass is a faggot. Check out youtube and watch his interview talking about the Game incident!!! He is str8 fruity. So fuck gay rappers . No Homo

  • I – Menace

    Now let the games begin real hiphop is about to come back to the west coast!! Rass is one of most lyrical cats ever!! Time to shine!!

  • Tha Ace

    Vuitton Gotti Says:

    October 12th, 2007 at 10:03 am
    The only thing I heard about him was that he got knocked out by Game. Real talk, that’s all I heard fa real nigga. lol
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    thats because your 13 years old and have no clue about hip hop music kid!

    Mayor of the D Says:

    October 12th, 2007 at 2:58 pm
    The nigga ras Kass is a faggot. Check out youtube and watch his interview talking about the Game incident!!! He is str8 fruity. So fuck gay rappers . No Homo
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ same to you too if you don’t know ras kass your either way too young or know NOTHING about hip hop

  • al m urdahU

    WHY RAPPERS ALWAYS GET CAUGHT UP WITH THAT G WORD? GREAT, GREATEST. I LOVE RAS KASS AND IM A REP 4 HIM WHEN HE RETURN, BUT WHEN BIG AND PAC MENTION GREATEST OR EVEN THE BEST? WHAT IF HIP HOP HELD PAC AND BIG’S UNDYING WORDS AS A MEASURING STICK TO THE WAY TO BE… BUT THEN AGAIN EVERYONE AINT CAPABLE OF DOIN RIGHT AND BEING REAL

  • http://www.myspace.com/zenzino Big ZenZ

    Un-thuggish intranet thugz won’t know. Rassy put it simply on his “eat or die” mixtape”..

    -addressing the Gayme “allegedly” knocking him out-

    “Nigga, No you did not.
    You ain’t knock nobody out nigga.
    We from LA homie, you knock a nigga out you take everything. I still got my chain homie”

    I got the tracks muthafuckaz. Gayme is 6’3″ and had to use a fucking bottle? Rassy is 5’8″ (and talented). Anywayz, shit is like 1,233 months old now, Ras Kass needs to be up out that deal fo sho’.

  • Vuitton Gotti

    to THA ACE : Hip Hop, Snip Hop who gives a fuck. LOL Naww I’m just playin, but homie I know very much about the rap game. But I’m being serious nigga, never heard a track from dude. I’m 21 yrs old too fam, LOL.

  • joey doe

    As a loyal Ras Kassiano fan since Soul on Ice, i have been “marinating” with thoughts like when will this super emcee really explode to the forefront. I guess “anything goes” though. I guess it’s the “nature of the threat” in man at the labels why Capitol shitted on him. When the “sonset” and the “drama’ is settled who will win? “The evil that men do” will only lead to somebody enjoying the “Miami life” with a “SOUL ON ICE”. Now because the state if hip hop is “Ordo Obchao” true artists that are shelved and candy bubblegum so called musicians with low glow talent are put on.You want the truthyou can’t handle the truth..you want Lexus moonroof Hennessey 80 proof..scared to death, playing the game of life..Soul on Ice.Get you’re writing skills up then talk to me people, you can’t even have a normal conversation with a person at my level. Joey Doe Strikes again.

  • http://abc.com AndretheGreat

    Dude i would w/out hesitation put Rass up againt any dude out now including Weezy

  • Bruce Dawg

    Yo Im one of Ras Biggest supporters but now with the current state of hip hop he is up against enormous odds. He needs a great deal and he needs a great album. As dope as Ras can spit none of his albums have represented him to the fullest the time is now he needs it the west coast needs it and hip hop needs it. I loved his mixtapes of 06/07 Institutionalized, Revenge of the Spit and Eat or Die but he needs to come harder if he wants to claim his spot at the top. Also he needs to drop a modern version of soul on ice. Holla