Humble Camp Productions has just released the latest installment from their arsenal. “Many Mansions” features Ras Arcane, Freeborn, Ras Professor, Original Kenyatta & Jah Sunbeam over a hard hitting riddim produced by Sensistar, seamlessly incorporating an iconic sample by the great Prince Allah. The combination highlights five artists who are a part of the Humble Camp roster, and the video shot on location in Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, was also produced by Sensistar. Previously Ras Arcane and Freeborn had worked together as FARA Heights (FARA = Freeborn And Ras Arcane), Ras Arcane and Jah Sunbeam collaborated on “We Alone” over the Guiding Light riddim, Original Kenyatta and Jah Sunbeam built “Consciousness (Computer Age)” & “Nuttin Pretty” together, but this is the first time all of the artists have joined forces. Watch the video and download the FREE track below, and be on the watch for the upcoming Many Mansions mix tape from Humble Camp.
Humble Camp Productions officially released their latest project, the Guiding Light Riddim, on June 26, 2012. The 14 song album is available at all major online retailers through Zojak World Wide distribution, and features a slew of artists in addition to Ras Arcane including Zebulun, Ras Myhrdak, Ras Professor, Daniel Bless, Luv Fyah & Binghi Ghost and many more. “We Alone” is Ras Arcane and Philadelphia based artist Jah Sunbeam’s contribution to the riddim, closing out the album and setting the tone to leave the listeners with. Recorded at Humble Camp Studios, the collaboration was a natural effort as the artists wrote and recorded their parts at the same time while in the studio together. That cohesive energy is definitely noticeable as their styles blend to deliver a powerful message of devotion to Rastafari and the blessings bestowed by H.I.M. Haile Selassie I. The message of guidance and protection is at home on the Guiding Light riddim, as the music created the right atmosphere for the words. “We Alone” is available now on iTunes for $0.99 or the entire album is available for $7.99.
Continuing to work with Rumble Rock Recordz, Ras Arcane’s latest single over the Stringz Riddim is now officially available on I-Tunes. The riddim also features original songs from Black Prophet and Capleton, Chezidek, The Lambsbread, Messenjah Selah, Sophia Squire, Firestar & Mountain, O-Shen and many more. Clickhere to take a listen to Ras Arcane’s single, “Hymn Book and Bible.” This riddim is the sophmore contribution from Jimmy Cui and his label Rumble Rock, and is a follow up to the Step By Step Riddim which Arcane was also on along with Anthony B, Jus Goodie, Arkaingelle, Zema, Lion Fiyah and more. Click here to purchase Ras Arcane’s track, “Who Feels It Knows” on the Step By Step riddim from I-Tunes. A Stringz Riddim Preview Trailer by Rumble Rock can be seen here, and an alternate trailer by Blessed Coast Sound can also be seen here. Click here to buy Ras Arcane’s new single or the full Stringz riddim album on I-Tunes, or pick it up here at Amazon.com, and additionally here from Juno. www.rumblerockrecordz.com
In August 2011, Ras Arcane shot a video with the Brown Brothers for the upcoming single, “What Happened.” The track, which should be on I-Tunes soon, is a product of Humble Camp Productions and is a feature track off of Arcane’s upcoming album. Shot in Norristown, Pa, the video depicts the story of the artist speaking out against the corruption and abuse of the modern day church. More specifically, the song addresses the taboo issue of the molestation of the youth by the church’s priests. Sensitive as it may be, it is an issue that requires attention and addressing as it only continues to get worse. While no personal or religious offense is meant, this song is written with no apology. There are no excuses and this MUST STOP NOW. Click here to view the video on YouTube’s site.
Years ago, Ras Arcane and DJ Cramske linked up as members of Burndown All-Stars, a 12 piece Philly based live hip-hop crew. After the dissolving of Burndown, the two continued to work together on several singles including “World in a Bottle” featuring Sara Lugo, “When I Was Young,” “Motivate,” “Free the Herb,” and several others. In addition, they worked together on Ras Arcane’s “Get 2 Know U: The Official Mixtape – Chapter 1.” On September 24, 2011 they performed their first live set together at the “Good Hip Hop” series hosted at Jasper O’Farrell’s in Sebastoplol, Ca. The night was part of a monthly residency put together by local DJ’s including DJ Fossil, DJ Jason the Argonaut, DJ Capsize and DJ BigJohnStud. The set was primarily designed as a hip hop performance, utilizing much of Ras Arcane’s more emcee based material. After a hype show and a warm crowd reception, many more are sure to come.
On Saturday August 6, 2011 artists Freeborn and Ras Arcane joined forces for an acoustic show at Milkboy Coffee house in Ardmore, Pa. Arcane and Freeborn linked in Philadelphia at Humble Camp Studios and soon after began building songs and rehearsing together. An opportunity to open for fellow Philadelphia band, Whitewater Pass, provided the perfect setting for an all acoustic set showcasing these new songs. A short preview video made for the show is still online and can be viewed here. Acoustic guitar, Nyabinghi drums and some select percussion set the tone for an intimate yet powerful performance. There will definitely be more to come in the future, so keep an eye out.
The new Ras Arcane single “Who Feels It Knows” is now available from the I Tunes Store. Produced by Rumble Rock Recordz, the single is part of the Step By Step Riddim compilation also featuring Anthony B, Firestar, Messenjah Selah, The Lambsbread, Zema, O-Shen, Arkaingelle and many more. Click here for the I Tunes link. The whole album is available for $9.99 or individual tracks can be purchased for $0.99. The riddim has been very well received so far, being described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘outstanding’ in the Achis’ Reggae blog. Zer0 Silence offered up a nice mix previewing the riddim, which you can check out here. In addition there are preview mixes on YouTube split up into Part 1 and Part 2. (“Who Feels It Knows” is featured in Part 2.) While this is the first Ras Arcane song produced by Rumble Rock Recordz, it is most certainly not the last. Look out for more to be featured on the upcoming Ras Arcane album. Also, you can check out more works from Rumble Rock Recordz at www.rumblerockrecordz.com
Beginning in January 2011 Ras Arcane hit the stage once again. As an artist who has always appreciated aspects of both the live environment and the studio, he has always been searching for a way to bring those two worlds together. More precisely, how to bring the studio’s capabilities to the live atmosphere. Finally, that merge has begun to take form. Armed with the Akai APC40, Ableton, a MacBook Pro, Serato, two Technics turntables, The Bridge, Samplers, Midi Keyboards, V Drums, Horns, Percussion and Vocals, Ras Arcane and camp create a unique blend of original reggae, dancehall, dub and a whole lot more via a polished and dynamic sound in a live setting. The project features Adam Flicker on keys and horns, SensiStar (Royal Majestic Sound) on the APC and turntables, and Wes Rast on drums and percussion. The first show was January 8, 2011 at North Star Bar in Philadelphia and the second was at Kuf Knotz’s ‘Boombox Collective’ event at World Cafe Live on February 8th. The shows featured different sets and provided the audience with a look into the new project and songs from Arcane’s upcoming album. To see a short promo video from the live show at North Star click here. To see a short video from the Boombox Collective event click here.
In January 2010, Philadelphia based clothing company FreshMeltWater released the mixtape “Made Fresh: Vol. 1,” featuring some of Philly’s finest talent including Truck North, Guru, Cee Knowledge, Wale, Reef the Lost Cauze, Hezekiah and many others. Drew.ish from Dephonic approached Ras Arcane about submitting a track for the album, and Leader’s Conference was the result. Jah T Jr and Humble Camp Productions made the riddim specifically for the project, and it was decided to also feature other Philly artists; rapper Cise, and reggae/dancehall artist El Feco B. The song in a sense represents Humble Camp’s presence in the music world, blending the vibes of reggae and dancehall with the local hip hop energy they are surrounded by. Enjoy this song as a free download by clicking here or download the mixtape in it’s entirety by clicking here.