Austin-based hip-hop outfit Riders Against the Storm (RAS) are truly an inspiration in regards to how you can take your passion and let it lead you to new opportunities. The latest of these opportunities includes the recent filming and release of a pilot series titled UPLIFTED where (RAS) travel around the country (and eventually the globe) interviewing people of note. The pilot showcases an interview and birthday party for East Austin resident Richard Overton, who recently turned 112, making him the oldest living man in America and the third oldest in the world. WIth such a strong episode ride out of the gate, I am looking forward to seeing what else the crew can cook up.
It’s late August, and in Austin that means folks are gearing up for RAS Day, a celebration of the Austin-based powerhouse that is Riders Against the Storm, all that they do for the community, and the overwhelming positive energy they’ve brought to the music scene. With this year’s RAS Day gearing up to be something special, it’s only fitting that the duo dropped a new song and video in preparation. OverUnder finds RAS waxing poetic on taking action and not being passive in regards to both your support of and your contributions to your culture, hip hop or otherwise. The video is a simpler affair than past videos, but still effective with it’s striking color palette and it’s portrait-esque portrayal of RAS and friends. Tracks like these hit that much hard with RAS laying them down, as you can almost feel the ‘walk it like I talk it’ mentality emitting from their lyrics. The fact that the track, a collaboration with Walker Lukens for his Song Confessional music project, was conceived, written and produced in two hours is a testament to that realness, as well as the message of not accepting limitations in your quest. Great work from a great squad doing great things.
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Tagged (RAS), chief, overunder, ras day, riders against the storm, song confessional, the doomsday device, walker lukens
The best forms of enlightenment tend to be the slow burns… quick aside, slight spoiler alerts on this one.
As I jumped on my morning to-do list (sorry for the lack of posts lately, real life needed tending to), one of the main things I had in mind was to check out the latest music video from (RAS) Riders Against the Storm. I know I can count on quality work from this duo, but MALI was a journey that I was not quite prepared for. The warehouse setting is beautiful, and I immediately was receptive to the juxtaposition of the slavery imagery and the flashy-cultural fashion that (RAS) is so well known for. What was obvious in hindsight, but lost upon me until pointed out in verse 2 by Qi Dada, was the Mali/Molly comparison the duo had cleverly woven into the lyrics (with a perfectly appropriated trap-esque production bed to present it on).
As the slaves ‘freed’ themselves from their traps and began to dance, and the fullness of the slavery vs. style worship metaphor revealed itself in the final imagery, the shared journey left me ready for the day ahead. Well done, (RAS), and here’s to nothing but great things in your future.
Dig it… Third Root and Adrian Quesada collaborate on what would already be a banger on its own. Reinforcements are then called in, in the form of Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm (RAS), Bavu Blakes and Vocab. Bars upon bars, all spitting on the knowledge tip. Soul Force is a monster of a song… not since the days of We’re All In The Same Gang or Self-Destruction has there been a collaborative effort this deep and meaningful. Certainly worth the $0.99 price tag. Here’s to hoping all parties involved can find the time to make a video out of this, because songs this strong deserve visual accompaniment.
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Tagged (RAS), adrian quesada, bavu blakes, chief, da'shade moonbeam, riders against the storm, soul force, the doomsday device, third root, vocab
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Every day, it seems, (RAS) Riders Against the Storm give Austin hip hop heads one more reason to be happy they’ve chosen to join our ranks. This time around, (RAS) has dropped a video for their party jam Booty Sweat that would make one proud. Featuring footage from their Body Rock events, Juiceland, and other local points with some of my favorite Austin graf, it’s bound to be a prominent reminder of how the creative minds of the ATX get down. Enjoy, share, and support!
Can’t wait to see who takes part in next year’s festivities.