Monthly Archives: June 2010


That’s right, DJ CHORIZOFUNK and (RAS) Riders Against the Storm are back atcha with the best of all worlds.

JULY 14 we BODY ROCKING again!

Check out the NEW funky fresh flyer, and MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!


Say what?! Is LAURYN HILL back?

Check out this footage.  The sound ain’t great, but that’s definitely Ms. Hill rocking over Drake’s beat…

(RAS) Riders Against the Storm featured on 54 Reality Show – 6/22/10

Crew 54 is a hip hop duo that click like gears in a top-of-the-line Swiss timepiece.  On stage, they become one entity – a fusion of pure straight-forward power, lyrical finesse, and unstoppable energy.  We first had the opportunity to meet them at the CIPHER ATX fundraiser on May 22, and then again at the May 29th Aceyalone show at Chupacabra Cantina.  RAS and Crew 54 were both opening for the legendary Freestyle Fellowship emcee that evening.

The chemistry between G-Christ and M.O.S. is a throwback to days when emcees knew what it meant to move a crowd.  Crew 54 ain’t just rappers spitting bars, they are artists with a lot to offer beyond music.  One of their most significant outlets of expression is the 54 REALITY SHOW which showcases local and national hip hop movements, artists, events, etc.

This past Friday, RAS attended their mixtape release party at Highball, and it was off-the-chain as usual.  Even though we were both tired from activities earlier in the day (including the Marilyn Buck fundraiser), Crew 54 did their job in raising our spirits higher, and getting our hands reaching for the heavens.  Music is truly one of life’s greatest gifts.

Recently they took a moment to highlight some of what RAS has been doing here in Austin over the last few months on their show.  Check it out:

(RAS) Riders Against the Storm set to perform at Marilyn Buck fundraiser…

Marilyn Buck, a political prisoner wrongfully incarcerated on charges of ‘conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery’ in connection with the escape of Assata Shakur, should be more well-known in activist/progressive communities.  Her work began with anti-racist organizing as a teen in Texas, and continues even though she is behind bars.

Unfortunately, her health is failing, and she may be returning to her loved ones this August.  Obviously there are mixed feelings with her possible homecoming as the vicious prison industrial system is only prepared to relinquish this womyn-warrior due to her serious illness.

Yet, still we celebrate – in honor of Ms. Marilyn Buck, Mumia Abu Jamal, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, and the others behind walls due to their defense of basic human rights and sovereignty.  In solidarity with their sacrafice, and in the name of their valiant efforts, RAS will be performing tomorrow, to raise funds for her care.

The goal is to raise $2,500.  For more information, please contact:

Please come out and support.  There will be speakers, poets, and other cultural offerings for a donation of only $10.

3105 East Cesar Chavez Street

7-11 pm


We ain’t new to this, we TRUE to this!

by Jbro

Really, I don’t think I have ever used this blog as a rant session of any kind.  But, recent disrespect at the hand of a local promoter has caused me to take a brief moment to vent my frustrations publicly.  His name will remain undisclosed (to protect the ‘innocent’).

Let me take you back a step and give you some background about Tiger and I.  We have been rapping together since 2003.  Before we met, I was a member of hip hop trio called the Falling Stars which came together in 1996.  This group was short-lived (as we recorded/performed until 1999 without releasing a full-fledged studio album).  I reveal these facts simply to give you a brief sense that my performance history goes back a bit.

Beyond the rhyming history, I c0-directed TRUSKOOL STUDIOS,  a Providence-based after-school youth graffiti arts program with a friend, VASE ONE, of the legendary Urban Warriors crew (South Bronx, NYC) for four years.  This experience was unquestionably the most challenging, inspiring, and painful of my life.  I learned more about my purpose on this planet in those four years than in any before, or since.  Angel and I put our heart and soul into our work with those youth.

As a matter of fact, Irving Acosta, one of our students from Truskool’s initial summer (2004) was the artist that inked the cover of our SPEAK THE TRUTH album.  Haven’t seen his beautiful work?  Check it out:

I don’t even want to get into the other elements of hip hop (in order to save your time and!).  However, I will say this: what some people call a grind, I call my life.  Hip hop is more than Tiger and I taking a stage in Austin and rocking a crowd.  It lives in us.  We call ourselves ‘hip hop healers’ – not because of some marketing scheme, but because we have studied healing, and draw a direct connection to hip hop’s ability to shape, build, and grow community.  Like no other art form, this one, we choose as a vehicle to promote positive social change.  That is RAS.  Nobody can take this away because it is a part of our DNA, our vision, our purpose on this planet called earth.

Now…recently, a so-called ‘hip hop promoter’ had the audacity to call RAS ‘newbies’ (via text).  Newbies to what, you may ask?  Exactly.  Not hip hop culture, or rocking shows, or marketing our music, or building community, or anything associated with this thing we call ‘hip hop healing.’

No, this arrogant individual called us ‘newbies’ because we are new to Austin, and he wanted to make sure that we knew he had the power to influence our movement as artists.  He felt it necessary to put us in our place with another offensive comment, “u better recognize…u crossed the wrong person (all via text)”

Why did this individual feel crossed?  Simple.  I stood up for my rights to be paid on time.  I don’t think he appreciated the way I came across on his voicemail (with some choice curse-words), but I also don’t think he EVER took into consideration that I waited on the corner of an entire hour to get paid for a show that we had already rocked an entire day before.  That’s right.

After stating that he was going to meet me downtown, this fool didn’t show up.  Not only did he not show up, but he didn’t call/text to say he was running late, or anything.  I waited 45 minutes before I got on the phone to insult him.  Honestly, most wouldn’t have waited that long.  The money was owed, and this dude thought it was cool to leave this ‘newbie’ on the corner.

Instead of doing the right thing, he STILL hasn’t paid us for said gig.  But, you see, that’s OK.  I got my frustrations out already.

I am moving on.

But, this arrogant, gate-keeping, self-righteous, so-called hip hop promoter S.O.B. needs to ‘recognize’ something his damn self: “we ain’t new to this, we TRUE to this!”

And, the truth shall set us free.

Thanks for reading/listening.

More Kid Sister Photos…by Matt Sonzala (

What’s wrong with this picture?

Does this image bother anyone besides Jbro?

So, I am scrolling through the RAS myspace page (been a while since we logged-in), and I see this image in a banner/window on the page.  Huh? What?