Beenie Man Goes Indie; Signs With Brookland Ent/Universal Republic

Posted: Tuesday – July 14, 2009

The freedom to dictate his musical direction provided the motivation for famed reggae/dancehall artist Beenie Man to align with New York-based independent record label Brookland Entertainment/Universal Republic.

According to the Kingston, Jamaica native, transitioning from a major label to an independent was a no-brainer, considering his track record with well-known labels.

“Being signed to a major label, you lose creative control,” Beenie Man said, as he cited Brookland president Eric Nicks’ track record as a music industry veteran as a factor in his decision to make the label his new recording home. “My company, MD Entertainment, will provide the music and Brookland will work their magic,” Beenie stated. “It’s as simple as ABC. No politics. Let’s make good music and make the fans happy.”

Beenie Man’s joint venture deal with Brookland/Universal marks a new chapter in his near 30-year career in music.

The Grammy winner, whose first major deal came with Virgin Records in 1998, is known for a string of hits that include “Dude,” “Who Am I,” “Girls Dem Sugar,” and “King of the Dancehall.”

Among those who have collaborated with Beenie Man are Janet Jackson, Wyclef Jean, and Mya.

To celebrate his 30-year anniversary, Beenie Man will appear at a star-studded concert in Kingston, along with rappers Rick Ross, Hurricane Chris, Heavy D.

As part of Brookland, the dancehall star joins a roster comprised of rap diva Lil’ Kim, West Coast crooner LeMarvin, soul songbird Yolanda Renee, and producer/singer August Rigo.

Beenie Man’s signing with Brookland is yet another example of major artists choosing independent labels over the majors because of the better treatment they receive at the indie companies,” added Brookland president Eric Nicks. “We look forward to extending Beenie’s incredible music legacy well into the next decade.”

Beenie Man’s first album on Brookland will be his 19th studio release, The Legend Returns.

The project, which features the single, “Gimmi Gimmi,” is slated to hit stores this fall.

Next month, Brookland will release Brookland Entertainment Presents: Independence Declared, a compilation album featuring songs from its artist roster.

Source: Allhiphop.com

Mack 10 Secures Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Jim Jones for New Album

Posted: Monday – July 6, 2009

Armed with a renewed focus and an all-star list of collaborator, West Coast rap star/actor Mack 10 plans to wrap up the summer in grand fashion with his forthcoming album Soft White.

The release is the follow-up to the Inglewood, Ca. native’s previous offering, 2005’s Hustla’s Handbook, which included the Nate Dogg-assisted single “Like That.”

For Soft White, Mack 10 admitted to having “fun” while working on the project as he explained the meaning behind the album’s name.

“I went with that title because this album right here is just raw and uncut, it’s just me,” Mack 10 stated. “We had fun on this one and I had to bring them all out, I’ve been smiling all year.”

Among those on hand to craft Soft White are music producer Jazze Pha and R&B crooners Anthony Hamilton, J. Holiday and Akon.

Rappers Jim Jones, Birdman and Glasses Malone have also been recruited for the album as well as Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, who both appear on Soft White’s first single, “So Sharp.”

The release of the album is the latest chapter in the music career of Mack10, who has sold nearly 3 million albums.

The rap veteran first emerged on the scene in 1995 with his self-titled debut album, which charted at number 2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The following year, Mack 10 aligned with fellow West Coast rap artists Ice Cube and WC to form Westside Connection.

The trio released their critically acclaimed platinum debut, Bow Down, in 1996.

Following Bow Down’s release, Mack 10 remained a fixture on the rap scene with a string of albums like Based on a True Story, The Recipe, The Paper Route and his 2003 Cash Money Records release Ghetto, Gutter & Gangster.

Mack 10’s Soft White is slated to hit stores on August 25. A video for “So Sharp” will be released in the coming weeks.

Source: Allhiphop.com

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