John Austin IV, known professionally as Ras Kass, is a rapper from Watts CA. He took his stage name from the Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV, whose name was Ras Kassa Mircha before he was crowned an emperor. He made a name for himself in hip hop with the independent single “Remain Anonymous”, which earned him the Hip Hop Quotable in The Source magazine. He has since released the albums “Soul On Ice” “Rasassination” and “Van Gogh”.