Compton, Calif. rapper MC Eiht recently signed a distribution deal for West Music, a joint venture between the veteran rapper and Paid In Full/Koch.
The union will produce a new album from MC Eiht titled Affiliated, which hits stores this spring.
"I named it [Affiliated] because there are a lot of misconceptions in the street as far as West Coast music, namely what we do as far as West Coast music, how we get down with it and what we represent," Eiht said. "A lot of my fans have been anticipating a new record from a true West Coast artist. I get a lot of emails asking me questions like, 'When are you going to come back and spit the real, because there is all this fake-ism in the game out there right now.'"
Eiht added that parts of the new album were inspired by comments made by an unnamed rapper about leaving the more gritty side of his music behind for more club-type singles.
"That [unnamed] artist then went on to say, 'So now I'm going to do the club s**t, the booty shaking s**t,' and right there, he lost a fan because his fan could no longer respect him because of that."
While the album is still in production, Eiht said his newest offering will win new fans and please his loyal listening audience.
The first single is the track "Say Nothing/Compton's Back," which features Compton's Most Wanted's Chill and Bam, along with veteran West Coast rapper King T.
"The promotion will be better, the distribution is better," Eiht said. "The label that I have the joint venture with this time is more professional than what was happening with my other independent projects. They don't hesitate to get things done."
In addition to being a founding member of Compton's Most Wanted, MC Eiht played a major role in the film Menace II Society. He also played he role of Ryder in the hit video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.