Rawkus Records Reactivated, Planning Aggressive 2006

Underground heads should

clear some space in their backpack, cause indie Hip-Hop label and underground

stalwart, Rawkus Records, has just signed a exclusive distribution deal with

RED Distribution.

The label was founded by

Brian Brater and Jarret Myerin 1996. Rawkus helped launch the careers of Mos

Def, Talib Kweli, Pharaoh Monch and countless others until they closed their

doors in January of 2004.

The owners said the reactivated

Rawkus imprint will aim at releasing more quality music.

“Jarret and I are very

excited to bring Rawkus to the RED/Song/BMG fold,” says Brater. “We

intend to make RED Distribution, once again, the dominant urban music player

in the independent world. Expect an extremely active 2006 schedule.”

RED Distribution is an independent

distribution company owned by Sony/BMG that distributes more than 20 independent

labels and Sony/BMG product. According to Vice President and General Manager

Bob Morelli, Rawkus should feel right at home.

“We are thrilled to

work with Brian and Jarret as they re-create the Rawkus Records brand,”

says Morelli. “Their vision and passion for everything they do will be

right at home with us. RED is committed to its urban music roster and Rawkus

will be a major part of this commitment in 2006 and beyond.”

A fall release schedule will

be announced shortly.

In addition to the music,

Rawkus has also formed its own management company called Rawkus Management,

and will be launching a film division.

The first project to be released

will be through Lake Shore Entertainment called “Excite Loves Vita,”

starring Rosario Dawson.