Over the last decade RAST has made a name for himself
as one of the undergrounds most original voices. RAST
has released a handful of albums, freestyles and a slew of
online singles (including collaborations with Czarface,
Hus Kingpin and Your Old Droog). But before all this,
RAST held down the 90's as part of the New York Graffiti
crew RFC. It was during this time that many of the tracks
on "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" draw from.
The album has no features and was produced entirely by
The Czar-Keys (7L & Jeremy Page) - and this was done by
design. 7L and RAST worked together on the vision and
the direction they wanted to go with for the album. As 7L
points out "I wanted to really take it back to a time when
the rapper was the main focus. This is also why we didn't
go with a group name or a RAST & 7L title. For me it was
really all about RAST, and his story is so personal that it
just made sense for him to be the only voice you hear".
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is an album where, as
pointed out in the albums intro "Caged", is RAST at his
most honest and vulnerable.