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Mateo native Rasco (whose name is an acronym for â€śrealistic, ambitious, serious, cautious, and organized") worked as a member of the West Coast hip hop groups Various Blends and Cali Agents. His deep voice and straight?ahead rap style came to the public's attention with his 1997 12" â€śThe Unassistedâ€ť, which earned him several honors including number one on the Bay Area Hip Hop Coalition chart, number one on the independent hip hop chart in Hits magazine, and number one on Sway and King Tech's nationally syndicated Wake Up Show for four weeks straight. His debut album â€śTime Waits for No Manâ€ť was released in 1998 on Stones Throw with a production team that included Paul Nice, Peanut
Butter Wolf, and Evidence of the group Dilated Peoples. The
follow?up EP â€śThe Birthâ€ť arrived in 1999. Moving from Stones
Throw to Copasetik, Rasco released â€śHostile Environmentâ€ť (2001)
and â€śPresents Hip?Hop Classics, Vol. 1â€ť (2003). But after a fallingout
with the label, he left to start his own, Pocketslinted, in 2004.
That same year he issued the compilations â€ś20,000 Leagues Under
the Street, Vol. 1â€ť (a re?release from 2000) and â€śMinority Reportâ€ť.
In 2005 his solo effort â€śThe Dick Swanson Theoryâ€ť came out on
Pocketslinted. Since his last Solo Lp Rasco soon after re teamed
with Plane Asia to drop their 3rd album entitled
â€śFire & Iceâ€ť in 2007.
In addition to all his solo projects, Rasco contributed to Linkin
Park's Platinum selling remix album â€śReanimiationâ€ť. Rasco has
been lauded by the critics, including SPIN, The Source, VIBE, Hip?
Hop Connection, URB,among many others.
Now Rasco is back in 2010 with his latest offering â€śGlobal Threatâ€ť.
This is Rasco's 6th solo effort and proves to be his best to date.
Like any true artist, Rasco pushes himself on his new record to
places he hasnâ€™t gone before. 2010 Looks to be a promising year in
Independent Hip Hop and Rasco is sure to be at the head of the
pack when it is all said and done.