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Planet Asia

Planet Asia performing in 2005
Background information
Birth name Jason Green
Born October 24, 1976 (1976-10-24) (age 33)
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1997–Present
Labels Interscope, Avatar, Gold Chain
Associated acts Cali Agents
Dilated Peoples
Tha Liks
Zion I
Talib Kweli
Grand Agent
Swollen Members
Strong Arm Steady
Fashawn
Lee Bannon

Planet Asia aka King Medallions (real name Jason Green, born October 24, 1976)[1] is an underground hip hop MC from Fresno, California who is a member of hiphop groups the Cali Agents, and Skhool Yard. He is also well known for his vast discography of mixtapes.

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History

During the 1990s, Planet Asia moved from Fresno, California to San Francisco, California and started rapping religiously. From 1997-2001, Planet Asia had been releasing various popular 12 inch singles. These singles such as "Definition of ILL" and "Place of Birth" were released by various labels such as Stones Throw and ABB Records. He reached full acclaim in 2001 when The Source gave him the First Round Draft Pick and Independent Album of the Year awards for How the West Was One. How The West Was One was recorded with fellow rapper Rasco under the group name Cali Agents and landed him a deal with Interscope Records.

While signed to Interscope Records, Planet Asia was not promoted like more popular Interscope acts Eminem and 50 Cent. The Fresno rapper stayed with Interscope until 2003 without releasing an album. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 for the song "W" by Mystic. Planet Asia has collaborated with famous artists such as Linkin Park, Bun B, Talib Kweli and Ghostface Killah.

In 2003, Avatar Records signed Planet Asia to an exclusive world-wide recording contract and in 2004 released Planet Asia's debut album, The Grand Opening, to positive feedback. It earned him another Independent Album of the Year award from The Source. Avatar also released 12" vinyl records including "Summertime In The City" b/w "G's & Soldiers" featuring Kurupt produced by J. Wells, "Its All Big" b/w "Right or Wrong", and "Real Niggaz" featuring Ghostface. His record "G's & Soldiers" featuring Kurupt was prominently featured in John Travolta's 2005 film "Be Cool" released by MGM. After leaving Avatar, Planet Asia started his own record label, Gold Chain Music, with Walt Liquor.

His latest album, The Medicine, was released on October 3, 2006 on ABB Records. The entire album was produced by Evidence of Dilated Peoples, with co-production credits from The Alchemist, Nucleus & Bravo.

On June 26, 2007, Planet Asia released "The Jewelry Box Sessions: The Album" on Gold Chain Music. The album featured the single "Havin' Things".

Discography

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Albums

EP's

  • Planet Asia EP (1998), Heratik Records
  • The Last Stand (EP) (2000)

Mixtapes

  • The Steady Gang Mix (2004)
  • The Sickness Pt.1 - The Mixtape (2006)
  • Direct from C.A. (2008)
  • Planet Asia & The Architekt: Blak Majik (King Medallion vs. Arch Angel) (2008)
  • DJ Warrior Pres. The Pain Language Mixtape (2008), Angeles Records - Muggs vs. Asia
  • Planet Asia Present: Turbin - The Boys a Problem Vol.1 (2009)
  • Planet Asia & F. L. O. : Planet F. L. O. (2009)

Compilations

  • Collabos and Bullets (2003)
  • Throwbacks (Classics 1997-2001) (2004), Liquor Barrel

with Cali Agents

with Skhoolyard

  • Representation EP (1997), Black Scorpion Records - as Yard Massive
  • A New Way Of Thinking (2002), Threshold Records

with Gold Chain Millitary

  • Chain of Command (2010)

References

External links


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