Ras Kass is an emcee from Watts, CA. His 1994 single, “Remain Anonymous”, earned him a Hip Hop Quotable in The Source Magazine. With guest appearances on projects from Sway & King Tech, Chino XL, and KeyKool & Rhettmatic, Ras Kass became a name to look out for. His first album, Soul On Ice, was released in 1996. Taking the name from a book by Eldridge Cleaver, Ras addressed racial relations most notably with songs “Ordo Abchao” and “Nature Of The Threat”. The 1998 follow-up album, Rasassination featured production from Easy Mo Bee and features by RZA, Twista, Xzibit, Mack 10, and Dr. Dre. Ras Kass was also involved in The HRSMN, consisting of himself, Kurupt, Killah Priest, and Canibus. They released The Horsemen Project in 2003. Ras Kass has released several projects over the years, solidifying himself as one of the top lyricists in the history of hip hop music. He is featured in the 2011 film Rhyme & Punishment, which documented incarcerated rap artists.
From Kansas City, MO, Tech N9ne is currently the most successful independent artist in the world. Some of his early influences are Slick Rick, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Schoolly D, The Doors, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, AC/DC, Metallica, Floetry, OutKast, and Gnarls Barkley. In 1991, he was a member of a group called Black Mafia, and saw glimpses of success in the group 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains with their single “Let’s Get Fucked Up”. In 1999, Tech was featured on the song “The Anthem” by Sway & King Tech, along with RZA, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, KRS-One, and Kool G Rap. Later that year, Tech N9ne and Travis O’Guin founded the record label Strange Music. In 2001, Tech released the album Anghellic on JCOR Records. In 2002, he released Absolute Power, which debuted #79 on the Billboard 200. In 2006, Tech released the album Everready, foliowed by a collaboration album, Misery Loves Kompany. In 2007, Tech released Killer, which exceeded the one million mark of total album sales. In 2009, Tech won the Left Field Woodie Award at the MTVU Woodie Awards. He is also scheduled to be featured on Lil Wayne’s upcoming album Tha Carter IV.