Planet Asia helped jump-start the West Coast independent
hip-hop movement, and has solidified himself as one of the
most consistent and respected MCs in the game over his 20+
year career. He dropped his debut EP with producer Fanatik
in 1998, and followed up quickly with the singles "Definition of
Ill" (Stones Throw) and "Place of Birth" (ABB Records). In
2001, The Source Magazine gave him the 'First Round Draft
Pick' and 'Independent Album of the Year' awards for 'How the
West Was One', which was recorded with fellow CA rapper
Rasco under the group name Cali Agents.
The Fresno MC is fresh off of a strong 2017 which featured
well-received collaborative albums with producers DirtyDiggs
('Dirty Planet') and Apollo Brown ('Anchovies'). For 2018, Asia
teamed up with Bay Area producer izznyce for this true solo
project, sure to be considered the next classic in
his vast catalog.
'The Golden Buddha' was produced entirely by izznyce
(producer for Superstar Quamallah and more) and features
AZ, Hus Kingpin, Turbin, Marvelous Mag, Killa Kali, TriState,
Xiomara and The Architect.