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One of the most critically acclaimed West Coast emcees of all time, Ras Kass is renowned for his complex lyricism, sharp battle rhymes and witty punchlines. 1996's debut "Soul On Ice" established Ras as one of the front-runners of the post West Coast gangsta rap movement pioneered by seminal acts such as N.W.A. and nationally popularized by modern day icons Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & more. Marrying a hardcore street sensibility with his signature witty wordplay, Ras built a loyal underground core with subsequent albums including 1998's "Rasassination," featuring guest appearances by Dr. Dre, Xzibit, Twista & RZA (of Wu-Tang) as well as multiple mixtape releases. Currently serving time, Ras Kass' ambition in the face of adversity is on full display with the August 5th bow of "Institutionalized Vol. II." Sure to satisfy Ras' loyal constituency and beyond, "Institutionalized Vol. 2" is a testament to both Ras' resilience and the raw skill that underlies his longevity within the ever-changing hip-hop landscape.

01. Victory (We Shall Overcome)
02. Eyes Don't Lie
03. I'm All That
04. Capital
05. Behind The Musick
06. We Go In
07. Ironman Thug
08. The Call
09. John Is Real
10. B.I.B.L.E.
11. Ups And Downs Ft. Proof (D12)
12. Elevate Ft. Crooked I & Odious
13. Try Me
14. What It Might Be Ft. Wais B
15. I Just
16. M.V.P.