Big Cat Records, Gucci Mane Ink Seven Figure Deal With Atlantic

Atlanta-based

Big Cat Records is ending 2006 on a high note, after signing a seven figure deal

with Atlantic Records for Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane.Atlantic’s

track record of developing the careers of artists proved to be the catalyst for

Big Cat owner Marlon "Big Cat" Rowe to make the deal official. "We’re

excited about the deal with Gucci Mane and Atlantic Records," said Big Cat

Records President Mel Breeden. "Major distribution will help artists who

are really out there trying to tour. We have sold a great amount of albums with

Gucci Mane, but Atlantic will create a bigger demand that will ultimately affect

records sells as a whole."Gucci

Mane, born Radric David, is best known for his hit single "Icy." The

track, which features former friend-turned-foe Young Jeezy, stayed on the singles

charts for almost eight weeks and helped the rapper’s album Trap House

sell more than 130,000 copies when it was released in May 2005. The

placement of the single on Trap House sparked a

deadly feud between Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, who also wanted the single

for his album Thug Motivation: Let’s Get It. Gucci

Mane Gucci Mane, born Radric David, was charged with the murder of Henry “Pookie

Loc” Clark III, after Clark and four other men burst into a house and attempted

to rob and assault him in May of 2005.Clark

was shot and his body was found a short time later. In December of 2005, prosecutors

dropped the murder charges against Gucci Mane, citing a lack of evidence. Gucci

Mane followed up Trap House’s success this year with Hard to Kill, which

was powered by the song "Go Head." Big

Cat Records is currently developing other artists while preparing albums for its

current roster, which includes Maceo and Young Snead.Maceo’s album, Black

Magic, is scheduled to hit stores in the second quarter of 2007.

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