MEET RAS CEYLON
Coming straight out of California, Ras Ceylon is an emcee, educator and organizer bringing revolutionary music, a hip-hop meets reggae dynamic and explosively conscious lyrics. Ras Ceylon brings a unique sound intertwining militant messages with head nodding beats. With a musical career spanning the past 15 years, Ras Ceylon’s intersection of sounds of dancehall, hip-hop, Cali flavor and Oakland grime delivers an audio soundscape with the complexity and breadth that makes him a true musical anomaly. Starting at the early age of 14, Ras Ceylon got his first start as the emcee of a local DJ crew spinning at local spots across Southern California. By 1999, Ceylon had released 1st Lesson EP aka The Red Tape, a cassette tape EP he slung by the hundreds at shows and on the streets.
An accomplished emcee, Ras Ceylon has released many acclaimed albums over the past decade. In 2004 he came with “The Collegraduate: Lessons 1999-2004” and then in 2008 he released “Scientific/Non-Fiction” on Throwback Records with the hit single and video “Betta B Ready”, which aired on major media outlets such as MTV-Jams, B.E.T., MTV-UK, Comcast OnDemand and others. In 2011, Ras Ceylon released his 4th studio album: “Gideon.Force Vol.1”, a mixtape/street album that returns Ras Ceylon to Rasta influenced lyrics and conscious driven energy. Having collaborated with such artists such as Jamaican stars Munga Honorable, Sizzla’s JudgmentYard & Norris Man to hip-hop legends dead prez, Tragedy Khadafi and Hieroglyphics Ras Ceylon’s musical output is respected at the highest level by his peers and core audience.
Most recently before relocating temporarily to Sri Lanka, Ras released “Gideon.Force V2: Repatriation Time”. This album has spawned two hits singles with “Repatriation Time” spending *11 weeks (4 weeks at Number 1) on 99.2 TNL Radio’s Criminal Records Most Wanted Countdown and 5 weeks on the YES Home Grown Top 15 (YES101 Sri Lanka’s Number 1 Hit Music Station) while receiving constant rotation on the channel. Both “Repatriation Time” & “Heal Lanka” were released on radio in August 2012 after which they entered the chart on listener driven demand. In keeping with the demand for live performances he performed regularly in Sri Lanka at events such as several Alternative Sundays and going on to bigger shows such as SHOWDOWN & Future Leaders Conference (Jaffna) organized by Sri Lanka Unites, Y-FM’s Sundown Concert (Negombo), After A/L Concert (Kandy) and Turn Up The Music (Viharamahadevi Amphitheatre)
He was also interviewd on several Sri Lankan radio and television shows such as, Yes Home GrownLIFE Online’s Sound Vault, Planet Urban ETV and ChillPill-MTV Sports. In addition to radio and television, local newspapers in Sri Lanka that ran featured articles on him include DailyFT, Ceylon Today & Sunday Times. With social conscious lyrics weaved throughout his music, Ras Ceylon walks the talk. In addition to the music work, Ras Ceylon is an Oakland community activist working to empower youth on a number of issues around social justice and education. Also having worked and lived internationally in places such as Jamaica and Sri Lanka it is clear that his outlook is broader than most American rappers. Ras Ceylon lives the message he speaks about in his musi