The music that emanates from Raashan Ahmad is a breath of fresh air. In a world that constantly glorifies darkness, Raashan is a shining beacon of light illuminating the beauty that is out there and so often overlooked. As a member of the Oakland-based hip-hop collective, The Crown City Rockers, Raashan began his ascent to musical notoriety as a powerful emcee for the group. He eventually embarked on a solo venture, a mission that has taken him all over the world.
With two albums under his belt, his latest is a culmination of his travels. Ceremony
speaks volumes on where Raashan is in his life, spiritually and emotionally. Written
and recorded in several different countries, he put the finishing touches on the
album in the desert between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I went through a internal battle with myself making this record,” Raashan says.
I wanted to be as completely me as possible. I wanted to approach the album
with unabashed openness and personal truth. I wanted to bridge my influences:
soul (that painful honesty), jazz (lots of live instruments and playfulness with
arrangement), reggae (with songs fully giving praise to love and to the universe),
and electronic (the bang) and bring it all into hip-hop, which is founded of the
sampling of music from everywhere.”
The sixteen track effort includes production by Crown City Rockers on “Can We Fly” and Ta-Ku on “Guns” with cuts by New Mexico-based DJ Kenny “Saewhat” Simmons on “Who’s God” and DJ Chris “Vajra” Karns on “Remedy.” Lyrically, Homeboy Sandman (Stone Throws Records) contributes his voice to “No No No,” which is produced by 20syl. Check out this video mix niceness for “Ceremony”
Get Ceremony on Vinyl or CD click buy now to convert euros to dollars it ships worldwide from Jakarta Records – Berlin/Cologne, Germany
Write up by Kyle Eustice
SmART Minds Group/Locash Collective 2013