Born and raised outside of Chicago, Ras Arcane was inspired by a diverse musical background from an early age. While studying Philosophy and Religion at college in Florida during the late 90's and early 2000’s, he began his journey into writing, producing, and recording his own music. Those influences tapped into both personal and shared experiences, causing Ras Arcane to focus on music as a vehicle for expression as he began his professional career. A primary emphasis on lyricism arose out of a deep appreciation for the genres of hip-hop and reggae music, their connection, and the strong, creative cultural content.
Upon graduating college and relocating to Philadelphia in 2002, Arcane further developed his craft in the company of local musicians as a member of two bands; Dialects and the Burndown All-Stars. Working with these diverse and accomplished collectives led to his performing extensively throughout the US and Canada, opening for acts such as The Wailers, SOJA, Steel Pulse, The Roots, Common, and Yellowman. In 2007, Ras Arcane and the Burndown All-Stars were featured on FUSE TV’s “Battle of the Bands” reality TV show, gaining national exposure while performing at many iconic US music venues such as The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, and Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. As someone who has long embraced the Rastafari faith, Arcane spent significant time further developing his talents while in Kingston, Jamaica recording at legendary studios such as Fattis Burell’s Xterminator Records and Beres Hammond’s Harmony House. By 2009 Ras Arcane had embarked on a solo career, voicing on riddims for labels such as Rumble Rock Recordz (Step By Step Riddim, Stringz Riddim) and Humble Camp Productions (Guiding Light Riddim, The Introduction Riddim), as well as compiling many singles.
In 2013, Arcane released his debut EP “Life Over Everything” as well as two singles with the American electronic jam band, Lotus, one of which (Cloud 9) featured hip hop innovator, Doodlebug, of Digable Planets. Ras Arcane joined Lotus that year for some of their live shows including their annual performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, and at Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
In 2014, Arcane joined forces with DOVE Muzik as they began recording and performing together. After embarking on an effort to forge a solo path forward, Arcane found himself back where his musical roots began, in the company of collaborative efforts with fellow artists. Their first joint effort was a track called “Battle Axe” featuring Fire Star alongside Arcane and the rest of the DOVE Muzik crew. He was then featured on Princess Kazayah’s song “Taking a Message” from her debut dubtape, ‘Troddin’, and on Ras I Dre’s remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe” retitled, “Hail Selassie I.” Most recently Arcane recorded “One Love, One Blood,” on the Chimurenga Riddim.
Currently, Ras Arcane is getting set to release two collaborative EPs in prelude to a definitive solo LP. “The Other Half” EP produced by Dawit Illsun and featuring Philadelphia
rapper Reef the Lost Cauze, and “7R” produced by Nic the Graduate and Dawit Illsun, featuring fellow Chicago artist Illuminati Congo are both set to release in the Fall of 2017. Additionally, he is performing and recording new material with DOVE Muzik, and working on his debut album due out in early 2018.