Kassa Overall Signs to Warp, Is "Ready to Ball" on New Single

The multihyphenate plays Toronto on tour this June

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 9, 2023

With a new single, label home and tour details, it's safe to say Kassa Overall is "Ready to Ball." Today, the Seattle-based drummer, producer and emcee has shared his latest via the storied Warp Records, and you can hear it below.

"Ready to Ball" finds the multihyphenate observing a world "in love with the shiny things" amid shifty percussion and gleaming piano.

"On an emotional level, the song is really dealing with feelings of jealousy. It's also an affirmation, to not get lost in the hustle of upward mobility," the artist explains. "How bad do we want the shiny things? How much will we bend ourselves to get them? At times I feel like, damn bro, it's so much of a struggle and a hustle to just keep it going that I don't have time to make sure my mental health and my soul is cool. That's basically the polarity right there."

"Ready to Ball" lands following the February arrival of SHADES 3 — the third instalment in the artist's SHADES OF FLU mixtape series — and 2020 LP I THINK I'M GOOD, which saw release via Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings.

Kassa Overall has also mapped out headlining tour plans. Following May dates in support of venerable hip-hop trio Digable Planets, the artist will play 10 North American shows, including a lone Canadian stop at Toronto's TD Music Hall.

Tickets for all dates go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. local time, and you can find Kassa Overall's complete itinerary below.

Kassa Overall 2023 Tour Dates:

05/04 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *
05/07 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *
05/09 Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl *
05/10 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall *
05/11 St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall *
06/06 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle 
06/07 Detroit, MI - Marble Bar
06/08 Toronto, ON - TD Music Hall 
06/10 Ellenville, NY - Love, Velma at The Mod House - 
06/12 Marlboro, NY - The Falcon
06/13 Philadelphia, PA - The Lounge at World Cafe Live 
06/14 Baltimore, MD - Creative Alliance
06/15 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
06/16 Washington, DC - CapitalBop @ Eaton 
06/23 Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon

* supporting Digable Planets

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