It's been a long, story-filled road for Beanie Sigel. From his days on Philadelphia's Sigel Street, to his years with Jay-Z, Dame Dash, and Roc-A-Fella, to his current reuniting of State Property under a new deal with Ruffhouse/EMI, it has been an eventful ride so far for the "Broad Street Bully."
Today (August 28), Beanie Sigel drops off his latest album, This Time, and actually, he is just in time. According to Beanz, time is of the essence in Hip-Hop and society - the tight male clothing, the too overt sexual imagery (he calls himself a "homophobe"), and the opulent lyrics of some of his peers these days had him feeling like he needed to do something fast.
His solution was to bring his own brand of Hip-Hop back to the table - via This Time - just before it's too late. The State Property-heavy project has already achieved high marks for its first single, "The Reunion", a feel-good, summer banger featuring most of his protege' clique. The album has massive West Indian vibes, too, and memorable lines that show Beanie's growth - in life and on the mic.
Beanie noted that he was really digging Nas' recent release, and he added in a few counter-thoughts about MMG's Rick Ross, and types like him that brag on things like "owning two Maybachs." As for Beanie, he said he's thinking more of the 'hood, where people are broke and scrounging for chicken wings from the local Chinese takeout.
Time is also of the essence as Beanie Sigel counts down to his September 12 surrender date to federal prison for a two-year stint. When one considers he won't be around for a while, his This Timealbum becomes all the more important.
It's clear in his presence that Beanie Sigel is a man very much in transition. Watch his video interview below, and be sure to cop his This Time album on iTunes.
Check back for more of our chat with Beanie Sigel this week! Follow Beanie on Twitter (@BeanieSigelSP).