Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

I played with Roy Ayers last night!

Roy Ayers-where u live man? 
me-Oakland him-OH S*iT OAKLAND!? You a funky Mutha$%^& then! haha. I'm from L.A.
Me word? I'm from Pasadena. 
Him-grabs me for a big hug and we both crack up laughing! 


Roy Ayers last night was such an inspiration! Great music and greater man. WOW!!!!! I Love it when I meet my heroes and they're cool. 


I was in La Rochelle France last night and performed at this beautiful new venue along with this really cool and dope cat from Brooklyn and Ghana named Blitz the Ambassador and ROY AYERS!!! 


Before the show his tour manager came up and asked if i wanted to meet Roy and I was like yeah but lets wait til after the show (i figure he doesn't want some dude gawking at him all star struck) and he was like no lets just do it now!


He greeted me with smiles and we had a great convo about music, him playing with and being impressed by Pete Rock in Japan, touring and more. WOW. Then he ripped the stage with joints like Running, Searching, and of course Sunshine. I'm so inspired by this mans humility and grace. 


Ahhh good.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pics from my show in Besancon France.

Pics from my show in Besancon France with Les Sages Poetes de la rue! Big up to Daoldskool for the photos!









Monday, April 4, 2011

Raashan Ahmad in Vienna Austria


First time in Vienna Austria was Crazy FUN! Ill dj's, great energy and all around fun show! I'm coming back! Check some fliks from the party courtesy of Turn it up and Islistiening!!













Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Raashan Ahmad "Pain on Black" (Official Video + Lyrics)

Check out my new video for Pain on Black from my album "For What You've Lost" song produced by Woodstock (Crown City Rockers) video directed by Nicolas Dessommes.


This song almost didn't make the record and I'm so glad it did. Written after the world was crumbling around me...










PAIN ON BLACK



Im the coal in the fir scream god mercy
Allah provide and I aint been thirsty
Since, life be my evidence
Sometimes so tense under false pretense
Been wronged that’s why I sing in my songs
About love and the path towards redemption
He transform to the flaw you see
Just a man trying to live out my prophesy
And get profit and some brand new kiks
And a fly new whip but it’s all so sick
The ultimate prize is to open your eyes
See passed the material master your high
Still human balance my best
Love manifest feel so jah blessed
Even when I’m so broke cant buy food
Son hungry cant believe I’m that dude
And the landlords calling the show is empty
Job pay shit drug money temp me
Simply I’m like what’s the choice
My mom is gone I wanna hear her voice
It’s so embarrassing hear the comparisons
Other people how they doing so well
Meanwhile feel like I’m caught in cell
Cycle go on what I’m doing so wrong
Some days so weak some days so strong
Gotta maintain my God keep on
Soak up game til the pain be gone
My song is the truth make an excuse
Whole world on my back an American black
My school so wack George Bush and crack
That track so real but here’s the deal
Just another black male without no skill
Should I grab that steel go rob and steal
It’s the perfect trap and the deck is stacked
So the jail is packed call it hell and back
This aint no opinion it’s uncut fact
And if you a man what do you do to support your fam
And you aint got the luxery of deep thought
Critical analysis where to shop
Its hand to mouth and check to check
Nigga struggle and stress go neck and neck
Thank God for the knock if you feel my thoughts
Then you probably live it this is not for the critic
Hard when you give it so little come back
Keep strong maintain dude stay on track
Cuz this is pain on Black
I said pain on Black!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Random fliks I like from the last couple months...

Random fliks I like from the last couple months...


    Me and Duha- Sydney Australia-2011
    Me and Paper Plane Project-Sydney Australia-2011
    Paper Plane Project and the incredible Rok Riley-Donsborough Australia 2011
 Me and Sasha Simone
       me and my clear vinyl RECORD!-Paris France-2011
     DJ Moar-Backstage Paris-2011
    Me and Rita J-Nantes France-2011
    Rita J
    Mt. shasta from the train 6am-California-2011
    Train station-Northern California-3am-2011
    Tokyo Japan-2011
    Fukuoka Japan-2011
    Japan-2011
    Japan-2011
   Shu-Japan-2011
    me-Japan-2011

    me-japan-2011
    shoes-Japan-2011
   the safe house- japan-2011
   the gate-Japan-2011
    me
me and Aloe Blacc backstage-Perth Australia-2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Raashan Ahmad and Keren Ann live on Canal+

So last time I was in France I had the pleasure of rocking with a new friend and amazing singer Keren Ann! We met at a show we both did for Radio Nova in Paris and 2 days later she invited me to share the stage with her for her concert on Canal+!

(If your not familiar with her music you should really check it out she's extremely talented and really cool!)

Check how it went down!

http://new.fr.music.yahoo.com/blogs/clip_du_jour/28799/keren-ann-livela-musicale-sur-canalfor-you-and-i-feat-raashan-ahmad/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake in Japan.

I just landed yesterday for my tour of Japan.

So I was going through my set with DJ Tonk at his house when everything started shaking. Tonk was like "earthquake" then we went to the door and it kept going, then we went outside and it kept going! I never felt an earthquake last so long and being on the 7th floor I just kept having...well...crazy thoughts, the whole building was swaying. I had no idea how big it was until it was over (8.8). Needless to say my show in Shibuya was cancelled. It's the next day now and I'm still trying to figure out if I should do these shows in the south of Japan or just try to bounce out of the country. I hear all flights have been cancelled though and transportation to get anywhere is pretty much at a standstill. Trying to figure out my options. I'm safe and staying focused!

Sending thoughts and prayers to all those affected. I'll update this as I can.


facebook posts...

3:30pm-fri.

EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!! Snap just had the longest earthquake i ever felt here in Japan! woah another one...

7:30pm-fri.

Just finished driving 4 over an hour & got less than 1 mile. The roads are packed & the trains aren't running & everyone is stuck. I keep hearing sirens going off 2. Phone's are dead & lines at the pay phones on the street are long. Its so weird to see people lining up 4 pay phones! Aftershocks seem to be getting smaller though. Looks like I'm not going anywhere tonight along with a bunch of other people. Crazy.

10:30pm-fri.

Hey ya'll thx 4 all the energy. I'm safe. Giving thanks for that & the fact I'm in a building with heat. Just riding out the aftershocks. I usually watch these events on tv and forget about the fear that goes along with living through one of these tragedies. This is scary. Honestly I usually feel disconnected, I have a whole new perspective now...Sending prayers to all those affected. another aftershock...

4:20am-sat.

ts somewhere around 4am & another aftershock just woke me up & for about 3 seconds I had no idea where I was & freaked out! Lots of people are sleeping at the train station w/ blankets from the government & I cant stop thinking about this really scared girl I saw crying today in the middle of all the chaos. Hope the trains run today so I can get 2 the south of Japan. I'm safe. Many thanks for the thoughts & prayers!

10:47am-sat.

ok so flights are up and trains are at 50 percent. we're about to try and get a train and head to Fukuoka where its pretty unaffected. Aftershocks have really slowed down and thanks to my homie Ethan Headnodic Parsonage I got a couple amazing beats to occupy my mind and to write to. Not sure when I'll get a signal for the net again but I'll post when I do. Peace.

10:08pm-sat.

Arrived in Fukuoka & its a different world here. Normal & pretty unaffected by the quake.It's surreal 2 see the news & then 2 walk down the streets here & see regular activity.The airport was packed w/ folks camping & trying to leave but somehow my flight wasn't cancelled. I'm staying here in the south til wednesday til I fly home. I'm good but there's lots of devastation in this country, please send prayers.

8:51pm-mon.

So I made it to the south of Japan & have been at my friends family's house in a small village in the country eating good food & hanging in his mom's garden. It's a REALLY beautiful traditional Japanese house & very safe. So thankful I got to get away from all the madness & experience this part of the culture at the same time really feeling sad about those still dealing with this tragedy. Tomorrow back to Tokyo to catch my flight home!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

France Promo tour 2011!

So I just got back from France where I had an AMAZING time!!! I did a promo tour with DJ Moar to promote my new record as well as my month long tour coming in March/April (see tour dates)! Big up to all my french peoples who came out and partied with me I'll be back in a month to rock more cities! as for now off to JAPAN!

Check the video of my trip!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Raashan Ahmad on International news!!!

Here I am on France 24 an international news channel. This is from the culture show. This show hit over 20 million homes so I was crazy nervous! Click the link to check it...

http://www.france24.com/en/20110223-en-culture-raashan-ahmads-forwhatyouve-lost