IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
RAS KING: I’m from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What is your music background?
RAS KING: My music background is that of a story told before. I grew up listening to mom and aunts sing in their group called Sisters. I grew up singing in the youth choir and watching my uncle Tiger play the keyboard. At 17, I began teaching myself piano (my favorite instrument), which turned into song writing, then producing, and ultimately rapping.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:Why do you want to record and release your own music?
RAS KING: The reason I want to record and release my music is because I believe I have something to contribute to music. I think people would genuinely appreciate my music if given the opportunity to hear and truly digest the lyrics I create real art by painting pictures with words.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your songs about?
RAS KING: Well my songs cover a wide range. I cover everything from Rastafari to how to treat the Queens of the Earth, to how the government ravished and still rapes the people. I speak about injustice (racial, social, financial), love, and unity. I promote natural medicine roots and sacramental herbs, overall righteousness.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:Who is your fan base directed towards?
RAS KING: I don’t directly target any base or group of people. My music is for any and everyone that believes in equality and just cause. My music is for those intellectual minds that crave more substance with their music. It’s for someone who may be lost. My catalog may act as a musical reference guide so to speak. It is a general outline of how some (myself included) feel we should conduct and govern ourselves.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:Who are your musical influences?
RAS KING: So my influences are my favorite artist “John Legend”. However that list is very long but a few names are: Bob Marley, 2pac, Kanye West, DMX, Beanie Sigel, Mystikal, Marvin Gaye, Pattie Labelle, Vivian Greene, Lauryn Hill, Bone Thugs, Big L, Slick Rick, Biggie, John Lennon, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Major Harris, Wutang, Nate Dogg, Jagged Edge, BoyzIImen, Nas, Avant, The Temptations, The Delfonics, and The Chi-lites.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:How would you describe your music to people?
RAS KING: If I had to describe my music to someone I would describe it as revolutionary, it’s for true rebels.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What makes you stand out from other artists?
RAS KING: Aside from the fact that I’ve made every track that I’ve rapped on thus far. The reason why I stand out from other artists is because every track that I make it’s full knowledge not to mention I constantly speak about his Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I the first…RastAfari. That alone puts me in a lane of my own because to talk about the things that I do you have to be true to what you speak about, and really live it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
RAS KING: Currently I’m getting a mixture ready for distribution. I have lots of live performances this year and a few features lined up on some artists songs, so yea I’m excited.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RAS KING: My career goal is to sustain myself and my prosperity doing what I love more than anything else and that’s creating music. Whether it be delivering on the mic, producing and composing, or writing ballads, I just need to be a part of the creative process. In 10 years, I very much see myself still in the mix creating tons of great music and hopefully by that time I have established a credible record as a musician. I would like to be in a position to mentor up-and-coming youth not just on music but life because they are one in the same. Music is life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:How can your fans access your music and contact you?
RAS KING: If any fans want to reach me they can get me on Facebook just search “Ras King” and Instagram “Ras King”. To hear my music they can check out my SoundCloud “Ras King The General” and on YouTube search “Ras King” also I have 2 two singles “Rebel” & “Conquering Lion” in stores online including iTunes, Google Play Store, Tidal, Rhapsody etc.
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