Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
9/23/2005 9:15:10 AM
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Known as one of the Bay Area's greats, hip hop/rap artist B-Legit has been putting in work for over two decades. Finally, the rapper is back and preparing to drop sixth solo record, entitled Block Movement, which he will release on SMC Recordings and Universal Music Group subsidiary, Fontana -- where he has secured a distribution deal.
B-Legit has been on a three-year hiatus as far as album releases go, but he has been quietly working behind the scenes as COO of Sick-Wid-It Records -- the indie label that has released albums from E-40, the Click and B-Legit himself. The rapper is also working on expanding operations of the label, turning it into a full fledged entertainment company; producing DVDs, clothing and an eventual magazine -- all a part of future plans.
"Sic-Wid-It is records and media; it covers the whole nine," says B-Legit. "I wanted to have something that was going to identify [me] solo, so it was time to expand the wings a little bit."
On Block Movement, B-Legit moves away from the typical album you would hear from him, as he enlisted a variety of producers from across the country when recording the album. Everything from the down South vibe to old school mob music is what fans can expect.
"It's just music that you can feel," he says. "It's music with soulful hooks. Anybody that has a background from the South or the church, you can just feel those certain hymns and certain notes: the soul. [At the same time,] it's whatever it is that makes you feel good. You get you a nice pair of shoes and a nice clean truck, drive off and listen to some feel good music."
He may stray away from keeping it strictly Bay Area production-wise, but he does call onto Rick Rock for the E-40-assisted track "Guess Who's Back", as well as other Bay Area locals, LJ, Ponte and Bedrock. Guest collaborations include E-40, Jadakiss, Mac Dre and Styles P to name a few.
After being hindered on his past projects by bootlegging and a botched deal with Koch, B-Legit is grateful to have a new team supporting him.
"I was tryna find the right situation for me to land in," B-Legit explains. "I already had experience putting out records. I just needed some distribution and somebody that was willing to give me a push and I found that with [SMC], and going with the Fontana Distribution Network. All the hip-hop stuff was there. It was just about finding me a home."
Block Movement is slated to drop September 27.
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