Planet Asia

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Planet Asia
Planet Asia.jpg
Planet Asia performing in 2005
Background information
Birth name Jason Green
Also known as King Medallions
Born (1976-10-24) October 24, 1976 (age 37)
Fresno, California
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995–present
Labels Interscope, Avatar, Gold Chain, Wandering Worx
Associated acts Cali Agents, Dilated Peoples, Tha Liks, Zion I, Ras Kass, Talib Kweli, Termanology, Grand Agent, Swollen Members, Strong Arm Steady, Blu, Fashawn, Lee Bannon, Self Scientific, Asterix, Mizz Nina, Erik Rico

Jason Green (born October 24, 1976),[1] better known as Planet Asia, is a rapper from Fresno, California. He is prominent for being one half of the now broken up hip-hop duo the Cali Agents and is currently a member of the groups Gold Chain Military and more recently, Durag Dynasty. He is also well known for his vast discography of mixtapes.

History[edit]

Originally from Fresno, California, Planet Asia moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and began working with local producer, Fanatik.[2][3] Between 1997 and 2001, Planet Asia released several 12" singles, including "Definition of Ill" (Stones Throw) and "Place of Birth" (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 next album, The Medicine, was released on October 3, 2006 on ABB Records and produced by Evidence of Dilated Peoples in its entirety, along with co-production credits from The Alchemist, Nucleus & Bravo. On June 26, 2007, he released "The Jewelry Box Sessions: The Album" on Gold Chain Music. The album featured the single "Havin' Things and in 2010, he collaborated with Malaysian artist, Mizz Nina, on a song called Hope. In 2011, Planet Asia was a judge on the Ultimate MC TV show alongside with Royce da 5'9", Sean Price, Organik, and Pharoahe Monch.[4]

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

  • 1998: Planet Asia EP
  • 2000: The Last Stand EP
  • 2002: Still in Training
  • 2004: The Grand Opening
  • 2006: The Medicine
  • 2007: Jewelry Box Sessions: The Album
  • 2010: Crack Belt Theatre
  • 2012: Black Belt Theatre

Collaboration Albums[edit]

  • 2008: Pain Language (with DJ Muggs)
  • 2010: Chain of Command (with Gold Chain Military Crew)
  • 2011: Camouflage Jackets (with G-Force)
  • 2011: Cracks in the Vinyl (EP) (with Madlib)
  • 2013: Abrasions (with Gensu Dean)
  • 2013: The 2nd Coming (with Bronze Nazareth, Cappadonna, M-Eighty, Nino Grave & Canibus, as The Almighty)
  • 2013: High End Cloths (EP) (with DirtyDiggs)

Other Albums[edit]

  • 2003: Life as It is (Unreleased)
  • 2005: Jewelry Box Sessions: Part One (Special Edition)
  • 2011: The Bar Mitzvah (Digital Only Release)

Compilations & Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2003: Collabos and Bullets
  • 2004: The Steady Gang Mix
  • 2004: Throwbacks: Classics 1997-2001
  • 2006: The Sickness: Part 1 - The Mixtape
  • 2008: Direct from C.A.
  • 2008: Planet Asia & The Architekt: Blak Majik - King Medallion vs. Arch Angel
  • 2008: DJ Muggs vs. Planet Asia: The Pain Language Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Warrior)
  • 2009: Planet Asia & F.L.O. : Planet F.L.O.
  • 2010: The Best of Planet Asia (Mixed by DJ Food Stamp)
  • 2012: The Arrival Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Doo Wop)
  • 2012: Everyday is Christmas (EP by Gold Chain Music)

with Cali Agents[edit]

with Skhoolyard[edit]

  • 1997: Representation (EP) - as Yard Massive
  • 2002: A New Way of Thinking

with General Monks[edit]

  • 2011: Each Step becomes Elevated

with Durag Dynasty[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"The Movement" 2009 The Jacka Tear Gas
"4 All My N****s" Mistah F.A.B., Turf Talk, Ya Boy Hyphy Ain't Dead
"Don't F*** Wit Them" 2010 J. Stalin, Philthy Rich Early Morning Shift, Vol. 3
"Serious Reppin'" 2011 Termanology, Inspectah Deck Cameo King II
"Sakura" 2012 Evidence Step Brothers
"Gat In Your Mouth" Rasco United Fakes Of America
"Change Up" 2013 Lee Majors G Slaps Radio Vol 4: Turkey Bags In My Louis Duffle
"Put on a Show (Tonite)" Mitchy Slick, The World's Freshest, Murs Feet Match the Paint

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