Delbert “RAS” Harris aka Lil Raskull is one of the original pioneers and icons of Christian Hip Hop. He brought Houston, Texas to the national stage in the genre through creating quality projects for God. In 1996, he signed with a Texas-based Christian Hip Hop label called Grapetree Records (EMI). RAS became the leading artist for the imprint and by 2000 Grapetree was the number one CHH record company in the world (based on notoriety and sales). During the time RAS was signed with GT, his 1998 release, Gory to Glory, was nominated for “Best Rap Album of the Year” by the Dove Awards. RAS appeared on television networks Day Star and TBN, and he was one of the first CHH artists to appear in The Source Magazine, Rap Pages, and Billboard Magazine.
The H-Town emcee has sold over one hundred thousand records and appeared all over the nation sharing dates with artists like Tye Tribbett, The News Boys, MC Hammer, Cross Movement, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Tedashii, Lecrae, and Kirk Franklin, among others. Many notable artists credit RAS as being their first experience with Christian Hip Hop (Tedashii, Derek Minor, Dre Murray, etc.).
Today, RAS continues to put out great music to build the Kingdom for Jesus Christ. He delivers the gospel message with a unique style that causes him to remain relevant through time and admired by new listeners, his lifelong fans and industry peers. His contagious onstage character and presence, whether speaking or rapping, connects with the audience and moves the crowd leading them to a life changing experience that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The Down South-rapper continues to make chart-topping music. His new song “There Go That Man” off his mixtape 5 Ft Mogul has landed on “Your Hot Four” by Jam The Hype, the world’s #1 syndicated CHH radio show hosted by Chris Chicago. Ras’ notoriety and good news message to communities has also been endorsed by Eddie Bauer Jr.’s sunglass company Sikk Shades. From landing on various charts, receiving awards and achieving accolades, after rising out of one of Houston’s roughest ghettos Trinity Garden; RAS thankfully gives God the Glory for all He has done and continues to do in his life. RAS is an ordained minister under Last Call Prison Ministry where he labored with founder, Jesus Lopez, for over 15 years now. Scholastically, RAS holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science. He has a successful marriage of over 17 years and four children ranging from the ages 12-17.