Rapper Capone of Capone-N-Noreaga (CNN) is preparing a new solo album and offering an unknown artist a change to be on the release tentatively titled What The Hood Made Me, due out on SMC Recordings.
Capone is encouraging rappers and producers of all types to submit material for consideration on the album.
All submissions will be reviewed by Will Bronson (CEO, SMC Recordings), George Robertson (Interscope), Raydone Coleman (A Team Entertainment), Liv L 'Range and Capone himself.
The winning entry could be a guest MC spot or a guest production slot on What The Hood Made Me.
During a candid interview with AllHipHop.com, fellow CNN group member N.O.R.E. explained in detail past tensions between the two rappers, which have since been resolved.
N.O.R.E. will serve as co-executive producer of What The Hood Made Me and the album features a track dedicated to N.O.R.E. titled "Message to My Brother."
Capone departed from Koch Records in 2005 and signed with SMC to release his new album.
SMC are dope and it's a great opportunity to be able to work with them with the right chemistry, we can make magic, I am going to make moves over there," Capone said. "This album will show that the SMC and Capone marriage works. I like their indie moves and I just wanted to go over there and make my mark.
Artists on the SMC roster include Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B. and Atlanta rapper Pastor Troy.
SMC CEO Will Bronson said Capone's album was some "real gritty New York s**t."
"With the south running things right now the hardcore fans are thirsting for that. CNN has always represented that aspect of Hip-Hop and nothing's changed with Capone. No dances, no snappin' just that CNN s**t you've been waiting for."
The first single from What The Hood Made Me is titled "Talk My S**t."
The album is due in stores this Fall.