Slum Village Inks National Deal With GM, Preps New Album

In an effort to increase

the visibility of their brand in the Hip-Hop world, General Motors has inked Slum

Village to appear in nationally televised spots for Chevrolet and the new line

of 2006 Impala and HHR automobiles.

The Detroit homegrown union will include an integrated advertising

campaign with a music video feel, featuring Slum Village’s new single,

“Ez Up.”

The national campaign also features an “Ez Up” Motor

City remix with remixed lyrics.

Slum Village’s deal with GM arrives on the heels of their

new album Slum Village, which is slated to hit stores in late October.

In recent years Hip-Hop has increasingly been incorporated into

marketing campaigns as a way for automakers to reach out to younger buyers.

Typically conservative in their marketing approach, brands such

as GM are now using Hip-Hop acts to give their automobiles more crossover appeal

among different demographic and racial groups.

Last year, Snoop made headlines when he personally called Chrysler

chief Dieter Zetsche to get one of the first available models of the new Chrysler

300C sedan.

Eventually, Snoop Dogg was paired with retired Chrysler chairman,

Lee Iacocca in a $75 million dollar ad campaign that targeted a younger group

of buyers.

Slum Village’s landmark deal with GM will include an intensive

media-marketing blitz with radio spots airing in mid-October and national TV

spots running in early November.

Slum Village’s

Slum Village is in stores October 25, 2005.