Ras designed Ras Portraits as a concise introduction to a particular artist's recordings for the label. Since the information behind Ras releases is always shady, it's difficult to discern the origin of tracks on Ras Portraits, but the disc is one of the better collections of Gregory Isaacs material that Ras has released, and listeners curious about his albums for the label should start here. It should not, however, be seen as a definitive introduction to his music in general. Among the featured tracks on Isaacs' Ras Portrait are "Private Beach Party," "So Much Love," "Rumours," "Give It with Caution," "Call Me Collect," "Don't Dis the Dancehall," "Red Roses for Gregory," "Break the Ice," "Intimate Potential" and "Too Good to Be True."
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine