Yesterday, Ras Kass released his new album – ADIDAS (All Day I Dream About Spittin. Clever.) to pretty much zero acclaim. Apparently he couldn’t get label funding for it so for the past few months he’s been effectively selling verses and liner notes to generate money for studio time etc.. There’s a whole conversation to be had as to whether that’s a good way to get some cash or whether it’s a sad reflection on someone who boasts about being one of Dr. Dre’s top 5 MC’s. I’m undecided, but like I said, that’s for another time.
What I wanted to mention about the album is that it marks the ‘return’ of The HRSMN!!! In case you didn’t know, ‘The HRSMN’ is a hip-hop supergroup consisting of Ras Kass, Canibus, Killah Priest and Kurupt which has been almost mythical for the majority of its existence. Back when it was first announced, it sounded like it was going to be amazing. There were rumours of album production by Dre and Daz, and substantial features by Pharoahe Monch and Chino XL – it was all well exciting. The first track I heard them all together on was this freestyle, Abide By, in ’98 or ’99..[audio:https://www.mattnortham.com/blog/wp-content/images/2010/07/4-Horsemen.mp3|titles=4 Horsemen]
..and I had high hopes for the album they were allegedly working on. Years went by though, with only a few guest appearances on each other’s albums to show for it. Actually, there was that ‘Horseman Project’ release in 2003 ish but I never actually listened to it. I think that even by 2003, I’d got tired of waiting for them to get their shit together.
So here we are in 2010, and one of the selling points of the new Ras Kass album is that it has a HRSMN track. Better late than never(?)
Ras’ newfound obsession with documenting everything in his life on video and putting it on Youtube with that little intro has led to a weak video with only 2 of the artists managing to submit handheld footage of themselves rapping to the camera in their spare room by the looks of it. Not to mention that the verses are so painfully mailed in and lack any of the quality that you just took for granted when the group was first coming together over ten years ago. It’s a shame.