Rapper C-Bo will be released
from prison today (June 22), after serving almost two years for gun charges
and other offenses.
According to C-Bo, he is
going to work on his untitled album, the 17th from the rapper.
"With this album, I
am really trying to re-capture what the West Coast is known for," C-Bo
told AllHipHop.com. "Right now we see a lot of people doing their thing,
so I know it’s the right time for me to step in and give fans what they have
been waiting for."
His label, West Coast Mafia,
has already signed two acts, Killa Tay and former No Limit soldier Young Bleed,
who will drop Rise Thru Da Ranks’ on August 23.
“We have a lot going on over here," C-Bo said. "I linked up
with [Young] Bleed, because I respect what he does. I was wanting to work with
him when he was on No Limit and we were in the process of working on a project
before I was incarcerated, so it was only natural that we would link up to do
The climate of rap has somewhat
changed since the rapper was incarcerated. During his two year stay in prison,
two of his associates, Mac Dre and Anthony “Fat Tone” Watkins have
been gunned down.
The rapper, who was jailed
in 1998 for violating his probation because his album Til My Casket Drops,
allegedly promoted gang culture and called for violence against police officers,
said that he planned to speak his mind again.
"I still feel to this
day that I was a target, but they didn’t stop my paper and they won’t,”
the rapper said. “Am I going to purposely go out and do things to draw
unnecessary attention to myself? No. But I am not going to stop being me or
saying what I say just because they want to investigate things that I have done
in the past.”
Amid the unsettling times
in Hip-Hop, C-Bo is actually calling for a unified front amongst rappers.
“We definitely need
to unify and give to younger, hungry emcees coming out,” C-Bo explained.
“I hear about all the beefs and I feel that for California to really get
our just dues we have to come together and work together, not just sign treaties."