Kool G Rap Signs With West Coast Indie Back Route Records

Hip-Hop

pioneer Kool G Rap has signed a recording deal with Stockton, Calif.,-based Back

Route Records and is set to release his next album Uncontrolled Substance.

The rapper,

who has released classic albums like 1988’s Road to the Riches, 1990’s

Wanted: Dead or Alive and 1995’s 456, decided on Back Route after

hearing about the independent label’s CEO Jamez "Jamez Bomb" Rosado.

"I first

linked up with my dude Jamez through doing a feature with one of the artist signed

to his label named Okwerdz," said G Rap. "My man [producer] Domingo

also spoke highly of how Jamez handles business. That’s basically how we connected

to lay down this street album. Uncontrolled Substance is definitely gonna

be a banger." The

signing concludes months of speculation about which label would sign G Rap, who

was rumored to be aligning with G-Unit. The

Back Route deal fell into place after much discussion between Rosado and G Rap,

who harbored respect for the West Coast independent scene. The

pair was introduced by a mutual friend, according to Rosado, who said that "everything

fell into place. Real recognize real." In

addition to the G Rap signing, Back Route is also working with DJ Green Lantern

for the release of the new mixtape Sneak Attack. The disc will feature

Back Route artists and offer songs from upcoming albums, including exclusives

with Too Short, Tech N9ne, and Goldie of Federation, as well as remixes.

Other upcoming

projects from the label include albums from Okwerdz and Young Collage.

Okwerdz’ Off

Season will feature collaborations with Juelz Santana, Bezel, and SAS of The

Diplomats, Tech N9ne, Mista F.A.B., Casual from Hieroglyphics, Kurupt, Sean Price

of Helta Skeltah, Copywrite. Production

will be handled by Needlz, Rockwilder and Domingo. Okwerdz just recently returned

from touring Australia with Supernatural and DJ QBert. Take

It or Leave It, the debut album from Young Collage, will include the tracks

"Everythang" and "Better Way" as well as cameos from former

Destiny’s Child member LeToya, Too Short, Devin the Dude, Kool G Rap, The Luniz

and Goldie. Uncontrolled

Substance is slated to hit shelves this year. Fans can download the Sneak

Attack mixtape for free at

www.backrouterecords.com and www.koolgrapsite.com.

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