(AllHipHop News) Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel recently signified his return to the Hip-Hop world with a slew of news about his upcoming business and music ventures.
Fresh off his announcement of a new distribution deal with EMI, however, the artist is facing a different sort of music right now. The federal government – or more specifically, the IRS – is prepared to sentence him for the tax fraud charges he pled guilty to in late Summer 2011. The sum they allege he owes is gigantic – nearly $750,000 – stemming from the years 2003 to 2005 when he still called Jay-Z's and Dame Dash's Roc-A-Fella Records his home.
Beanie Sigel's attorney, Fortunato Perry, however, says the sum is far less and that will hopefully help to reduce his client’s likely punishment when he returns to court in mid-July. Flanked by his new label family and loved ones,AllHipHop.com accompanied Beanie Sigel to his sentencing, where he gave the following video interview afterwards about the continuance in the case and his plans to drop his new mixtape:
On the heels of his legal trouble, today's (April 16) release of the Broad Street Empire Vol. 1: Lost Files mixtape is the latest in a series of exclusives the State Property member shared with AllHipHop.com about plans to reinvigorate his roughly 15-year career.
The 17-track Broad Street Empire Vol. 1: Lost Files, presented by DJ Damage and mainly produced by Don Cheegro and Dirty Harry, boasts several features from State Property's Freeway and Young Chris. From outside his camp, Beanie Sigel also tapped the skills of longtime collaborator Raekwon, as well as Sean Anthony and Testme.
Over the past two weeks, Beanie Sigel announced his new deal with EMI under industry veteran Chris Schwartz, along with plans for his publishing his prison-penned book, Kites Over The Wall. He also spoke about recording an upcoming collaboration LP with Scarface in the near future.
Beanie Sigel's new mixtape is available for download below right now. His upcoming studio album, The Classic, is set for a Summer 2012 release.
Video/Photo Credit: Anthony Williams, We Run The Streets