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Ras Kass Explains His Inspiration For “Nature Of The Threat”


Ras Kass explains what inspired him to create “Nature of the Threat.” He has enjoyed almost 20 years of critical acclaim, but the one song that listeners come back to is his 1996 single “Nature of the Threat.”

In a recent interview with Rap Genius, Ras Kass remembers the creation of the hit classic. He explained that he always wanted to record a song that detailed his perception of history and evolution of mankind. He also explained how the song needed a lot of research from a host of different sources. What inspired him to write the track was Rakim, in which he declared him “the god,” which made him question his Catholic religion.

“When I wrote ‘Nature of the Threat,’ I wrote it for myself,” he said. “It was for me to have a perspective, a chronological perspective about history and human evolution and how we get different races and nationalities. I really didn’t expect people to agree with me – the whole point was to create dialogue, to get people to say, ‘If you disagree with me, prove me wrong’…I knew I wanted to make this song about history because I had already started questioning my belief system – you know, Catholicism, Christianity – I had already stepped into learning about the Nation of Islam. This is what did it for me: most of those books kind of gave the same information if you really looked at them – the college book, the black nationalist book, and whatever, the free thinker book…so I just started putting ideas together and seeing how these things stick together.”

Ras went into more details to explain Rakim’s influence, “Rakim said, ‘I’m God,’ and I’m baptized Catholic…so my background affects my perception in life, so when a nigga says he’s God, that fucks my head up. But he’s hard as fuck, I’m like, ‘But he said he’s God, that ain’t cool!’…and I kept listening and thought, ‘He said he’s God, how does that work?’ And that’s what I kind of like to do: throw a concept out there and try to creatively put in a format that challenges you to be a free thinker.”

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