Carson, CA spitter supreme Ras Kass is dropping a free EP on January 19 called Lyrical HipHop Is Dead. Inspired by Canadian producer/DJ Kaytranada’s Instrumental Hip-Hop Is Dead mixtape, the six-track project boasts features from Royce da 5’9″, Guilty Simpson, Kutlass Supreme, and more.
Ras also dropped the video for the EP’s first single “The Chase,” featuring inDJnous. In an exclusive interview with Ambrosia For Heads, Ras talked about the meaning of the video, which is all about “doing things with the right motivation, never chasing fame, or sex, or drugs. And not idolizing money.” When asked whether or not he actually thought hip-hop was dead, he gave a straightforward answer: “It’s been in a coma since about 2004, but there are always dope MCs (mostly in the peripheral of the mainstream) who study the art and bring lyrics to the forefront.”
Check out the video above and watch our interview with Ras Kass about Semi Hendrix (his project with producer Jack Splash) from last year below: