Ramone Johnson, better known by his stage name Cashis (often stylized as Ca$his), is an American rapper who was born and raised in Chicago, but moved to Irvine, California.
He was featured on the Shady Records album Eminem Presents: The Re-Up with Eminem and his record label, while performing solo on songs "Everything is Shady" and "Talkin' All That", and released The County Hound EP in 2007. In August 2011 on his mixtape Roof Top Vol. 1, in the intro, Cashis revealed that he is leaving Shady Records but is remaining with Bogish Brand Entertainment. His debut album The Art of Dying after many delays, was released independently on October 30, 2012 and failed to chart in the U.S.
Cashis formed a rap group named "The Renegadez" with H-Bone and Monique (also the mother of one of his eleven children),and they sent a demo tape to Eminem's Shady Records label hoping for a record deal. Monique was murdered in 1999.
By 2004, Cashis was regarded as the "rap king of Orange County" and attracted the attention of Shady Records A&R, Dart Parker, who signed him after hearing his mixtape, Stars With Stripes. Cashis’s introduction to the masses, however, wouldn’t come until 2006 when he appeared alongside Eminem, 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks on "You Don't Know" the first single from the platinum-selling Shady Records compilation, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up. His first solo release was the charting The County Hound EP, in May 2007. The County Hound EP reached number 106 on the US Billboard 200 and 37 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
In 2009 Cashis promised he would have an album in stores by September. However the album was pushed back, allegedly due to projects from Eminem and 50 Cent. He would wait to release his album and then request his release from Shady Records which was not finalized until 2012. In promotion of his debut LP Cashis released the Church on the Move mixtape. His debut full length album titled The Art of Dying was released independently on October 30, 2012 with features coming from Rick Ross, Game, K-Young and Royce da 5'9" among others. Eminem also produces one song on the album titled "You Think That Im Crazy". Neither the album or any of the songs on it have charted in the U.S.
After this release he plans to release Euthanasia, which he claims is 65% done, in May 2013. Euthanasia will feature production from Jake One. On December 25, 2012 Cashis released another mixtape titled Loose Cannon which was previously going to be the title of his third studio album.
The County Hound 2 is the second studio album by American rapper Cashis. It was released independently on October 15, 2013, by his label Bogish Brand Entertainment. It serves as the sequel to his debut EP The County Hound EP, which was released on May 22, 2007 by Shady Records and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances by Crooked I of Slaughterhouse, Obie Trice, Mistah F.A.B., Kuniva of D12, King Los, K. Young, Boaz, and Demrick among others. Production for the album took place during 2013 and was handled primarily by Rikanatti and Eminem among others. The album was supported by five singles — "Layin' in the Cut", "Mind On Money", "Imma Hustla", "Look at Me", and "Hi". It was also met with positive reviews from music critics.
Just prior to the release of his debut album The Art of Dying, Cashis revealed he had already begun to work on his second studio album Euthanasia, which he claimed was 65% done in September 2012. He also revealed that it would feature production from Jake One and Eminem, also while projecting a May 2013 release for the project. Upon the release of the first single in May 2013, the album was renamed The County Hound 2. On September 28, 2013, Cashis revealed the cover art and track list to the album, also announcing a release date of October 15, 2013. He also revealed previously unannounced guest appearances on the album to come from Boaz, and Demrick among others, with the album's production to be primarily handled by him and his frequent collaborator Rikanatti (who they both executive produce and handle the A&R Direction for the album), with Eminem also producing significantly on the album. In total, Eminem produced four tracks, such as the first single "Layin' in the Cut", and three songs like "Thru the Glass", "Ask About Me" and "Cigarello".
Release and promotion
On December 25, 2012, Cashis released the first mixtape in promotion of the album titled Loose Cannon, which was previously going to be the title of his third studio album. In July 2013, Cashis announced that he was also working on his next mixtape The Loose Cannon 2, which would contain mostly freestyles. On October 14, 2013, Cashis released the Eminem-produced song "Cigarello" via SoundCloud. The album was released digitally on October 15, 2013, with physical copies to be released two weeks later. It was also released for free stream on its digital release day for a limited time. On October 31, 2013, Cashis announced that he would be releasing a high quantity of music videos for songs from the album soon. Following the album's release, Cashis and Demrick will tour through the rest of 2013.
On April 30, 2013, Cashis released the first single from his newly titled second studio album The County Hound 2, titled "Layin in the Cut" which was produced by Eminem and Rikanatti. The music video for "Layin In the Cut" was released on August 8, 2013, which also featured a preview of the music video for "Look At Me". The second single from the album titled, "Mind On Money" was released to iTunes on May 16, 2013. The song features rappers Kuniva from D12, Obie Trice and Dirty Mouth. On June 21, 2013, Cashis released a music video for his verse on "Mind On Money", also previewing the album's third single "Imma Hustla".
On July 1, 2013, Cashis released "Imma Hustla" featuring Crooked I and Sullee J, for digital download as the album's third single. On September 30, 2013, Cashis released the remix to "Imma Hustla" featuring Crooked I, Mistah F.A.B., Roccett and Goldie Gold. Then on August 19, 2013 he released the fourth single from The Country Hound 2, titled "Look at Me" featuring King Los, K Young, and B. Todd. Two days later, Cashis premiered the track "Hi" from the album. Later that day it was released to iTunes as the album's fifth single.
HipHopDX 3/5 stars
The County Hound 2 was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Omar Burgess of HipHopDX gave it a positive review saying, "Ultimately, The County Hound 2 serves as a welcome return for loyal Ca$his fans. Name recognition from his Shady days, production from Eminem and some of the lighter singles will likely draw in newcomers. Repeated listens offer a bottom-heavy album; the first half of which both informs and sometimes detracts from the latter portion with trite subject matter. But there’s enough raw talent here to impress a diverse cross section of fans, and when Ca$his chooses depth over accessibility he’s still scary good in the booth."