Soul on Ice
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Studio album by Ras Kass


September 17, 1996


1994 - 1995


Kitchen Sync Studios
(Hollywood, CA)
Skip Saylor Studios
(San Fernando Valley, CA)
Yo Mama's House
(Hollywood, CA)
Sound Castle Studios
(Santa Monica, CA)


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Underground hip hop




Priority Records / Patchwerk Recordings


Michael "Flip" Barber, DJ Battlecat, Reno Delajuan, Lamont "Bird" Holdby, B.J. Kerr (exec.), Ras Kass, Michael Schlesinger, Vooodu, Bob Whitfield (exec.)

Ras Kass chronology


Rasassination (1998)

Soul on Ice is the debut studio album by American rapper Ras Kass, released in September 17, 1996 on Priority Records and Patchwerk Recordings. Recording sessions were occurred at Kitchen Sync Studios, Skip Saylor Studios, Yo Mama's House and Sound Castle Studios in California from 1994 to 1995. The album's title is a reference to Black Panther Party member Eldridge Cleaver's 1968 book Soul on Ice. The album was produced by Ras Kass alongside DJ Battlecat, Vooodu, Lamont "Bird" Holdby, Michael Barber, Michael Schlesinger and Reno Delajuan. Its sole guest appearance is supplied by Coolio, who performs the hook and a verse on "Drama".

The album peaked at #169 on the US Billboard 200, and #35 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Its two singles, "Anything Goes" and "Soul on Ice", charted within the top 25 of the Hot Rap Songs chart. Soul on Ice was widely praised for Ras Kass' complex lyricism, but its production received a mixed response. 

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs performed by Ras Kass, except for "Drama, performed by Ras Kass and Coolio.

No. Title Producer(s) Time
1. "On Earth As It Is..." Ras Kass, Lamont "Bird" Holdby 4:43
2. "Anything Goes" Ras Kass, Lamont "Bird" Holdby 5:49
3. "Marinatin'" DJ Battlecat 4:05
4. "Reelishymn" Ras Kass, Lamont "Bird" Holdby 4:27
5. "Nature of the Threat" Vooodu 7:43
6. "Etc." Ras Kass, Lamont "Bird" Holdby 3:12
7. "Sonset" Ras Kass, Michael "Flip" Barber, Michael Schlesinger, Reno Delajuan 6:00
8. "Drama" Ras Kass, Lamont "Bird" Holdby 3:46
9. "The Evil That Men Do" Vooodu 6:10
10. "If/Then" Ras Kass, Michael "Flip" Barber 4:50
11. "Miami Life" Ras Kass, Michael "Flip" Barber 4:06
12. "Soul on Ice" Lamont "Bird" Holdby 3:42
13. "Ordo Abchao (Order Out of Chaos)" Vooodu 4:30

Samples[edit | edit source]

On Earth As It Is...

  • "Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith
  • "La Dolce Vita" by Sparks
  • "10% Dis" by MC Lyte

Anything Goes

  • "Oooh This Love" by Al B. Sure


  • "You Gots to Chill" by EPMD


  • "Goin' Out of My Head" by Little Anthony and the Imperials



  • "You're Gettin' a Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds
  • "Eric B. is President" by Eric B. & Rakim


  • "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" by Hubert Laws
  • "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Doggy Dogg

The Evil That Men Do

  • "Barefoot Ballet" by John Klemmer
  • "Color Blind" by Ice Cube
  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.


  • "Stay Still (And Let Me Love You)" by Ronnie Laws
  • "Bitches Ain't Shit" by Dr. Dre

Soul On Ice

  • "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band
  • "Shape of Things to Come" by George Benson

Ordo Abchao (Order Out of Choas)

  • "Universe" by Hampton Hawes

Soul On Ice (Remix)

  • "Love Potion-Cheeba-Cheeba" by Mighty Tom Cats
  • "The Mental Traveler" by David Axelrod
  • "It's a New Day So Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn" by James Brown
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