Exclusive Yukmouth Explains 'Free At Last'

(AllHipHop News) Rapper Yukmouth has announced he will release his sixth solo album Free At Last, which will hit stores on his own label, Smoke-A-Lot Records. The album features guest appearances from a number of popular rappers, including Jay Rock, Mistah F.A.B., 2Eleven, Beeda Weeda, Richie Rich, Curren$y, Roccett, Shady Nate, Tity Boi and others. “The title Free At Last comes from me being free at last really...free from Rap-A-Lot Records and free from jail. Last album West Coast Don was all written in L.A. County Jail When I did three months in jail, Everybody has a story to tell, so I was tellin my stories in my songs I wrote in jail. So that album wasn’t me at my best because I was locked away from the studio and the rap life.”The album is heavy on Bay Area rappers, with artists like C-Bo, Dru Down, Stevie Joe, C-Bo and others check in on Free At Last. Yukmouth was a member of platinum selling group The Luniz, the group behind the Hip-Hop marijuana anthem, “I Got 5 On It.”The first single from Free At Last is titled “211” featuring Chicago rappers L.E.P./Bogus Boys. “I admit the last two albums wasn’t my best, but this one is me back on my one-two on n***as. On Million Dollar Mouthpiece I didn’t want to give Rap-A-Lot my best, because they weren’t pushing it hard because it was my last album on they label. And yall know the story with West Coast Don being locked up writing the album. So this one is me at my prime. This rap s**t is like a light switch. I can turn it on or cut it off and right now I’m back on like s**t.”Other singles on Free At Last include “The Hard Way” featuring Jannine V and “The Life” featuring Ya Boy, Jay Rock and London. Yukmouth was clear that his freedom came with the blessings of Rap-A-Lot CEO J. Prince, who acted as a mentor to the rapper during his tenure on the legendary label, which will be honored during this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors program in June. “J. Prince told me. ‘Do you want me to give you fish or teach you how to fish?’ I said ‘teach me how to fish,” Yukmouth stated. “From then on I’ve been on my independent grind. Shout out to J. Prince and the whole Rap-A-Lot For Life staff and family. Thanks for all the love.”Free At Last is due in stores June 1st.