Golden State Warriors
Xzibit f/ Ras Kass & Saafir – “Plastic Surgery“
from At The Speed of Life (Relativity, 1996)
Xzibit f/ Ras Kass & Saafir – “3 Card Molly“
from 40 Dayz, 40 Nightz (Relativity, 1998)
Ras Kass f/ Saafir & Xzibit – “NBA“
from Van Gogh (Priority, 2001 Unreleased)
Golden State – “Bounce, Rock Skate“
from Training Day Soundtrack (Priority, 2001)
Xzibit f/ Ras Kass & Saafir – “Harder“
from Man Vs. Machine (Sony, 2002)
Check XXL for my interview with Ras Kass. I honestly feel a little bad that a rapper who’s made so much music I respect is getting more publicity than he has in years for some lame high school brawl with an inferior rapper. That said, I hope he sells a bunch of records off this business.
Unfortunately my capacity as an Official Post Fight reporter prevents me from the sort of full scale dorky Cocaine Blunts caliber interview. I can’t say for sure, but I suspect that most of the XXL audience doesn’t care too much about what Bird did with the master reels of the Soul on Ice demo. They just want beef and mo’ beef.
I did have the chance to briefly speak with Ras about the status of the forever delayed Golden State
Warriors Project and here’s what he had to say:
Golden State exists. I just found out Saafir’s dropping an album the same day Xzibit’s dropping an album. Xzibit is one of my closest friends. His path took him somewhere else and it ain’t a bad place to be when you’re making a lot of money pimpin’ rides or in the movies. I’m totally supportive of what he did. There was a time when Saafir was really trying to get his spirituality together and he didn’t want to rhyme no more. And there was a time when I made some mistakes that put me in prison for two years. When things are supposed to happen, they do happen. Right now we all kinda where we at in life. I couldn’t do a Golden State deal anyway, I can’t even do a feature on a record right now because Capitol records is not lettin’ me eat too much.
So yeah, it’s not exactly the answer we were hoping for, but it’s not completely a defeatist one. I’ve posted the crews entire on record catalog, because those first few joints are so crazy (“Plastic Surgery” only sounds better ten years after the fact), and because I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet to have “purchased” that Man vs. Machine record.