CANADA (Sasha Stoltz Publicity): WIDEawake-Death Row Entertainment LLC announces Hip-Hop artist Crooked I’s first solo release Hood Star, which is set to hit shelves June 15. The record features 15 unreleased tracks with guest appearances by, Juvenile, Too Short, Sisqo, Danny Boy, Eastwood, Kurupt and Ray J, just to name a few.
When first signed to Death Row, Crooked I appeared on a number of compilations such as Too Gansta For Radio, Dysfunktional Family, Tha Dogg Pound’s 2002, and Tupac’s Nu Mixx Klazzics. He also took time out to work on soundtracks for the movies Ride and Caught Up collaborating with such artists as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Eastsidaz and The Luniz. In 2005, Crooked I created an Internet buzz for himself with “Boom Boom Clap,” with the video receiving almost 500,000 hits on YouTube. In 2007, he took a different approach to the game with the creation of his Hip-Hop weekly Internet series that got him voted the MC with “the best shot of taking over the game” and landed him on the cover of XXL magazine that fall.
Last year, Crooked I, along with MC’s Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden and Royce Da 5’9″ created the group Slaughterhouse and went out on a successful nationwide “Rock the Bells” tour last summer. Crooked I’s popularity has sustained over the years, with over 2.5 million MySpace views and 21,000 followers on Twitter an over 5,000 friends on Facebook, Crooked I has proved he is here to stay.
The force behind Crooked I’s Hood Star is his mentor, music producer Big Hutch — aka Cold 187um from the multi-platinum group Above The Law. Big Hutch was a producer at Death Row Records in the late 90s, overseeing projects such as 2Pac’s album Until The End Of Time. The multi-talented producer works with independent artists: helping them find their place in today’s Hip- Hop community.
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