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Red Café & DJ Envy
The Co-Op

Red Café has gone through a lot. A staple in New York’s mixtape circuit, the Brooklyn-bred rapper first earned props for ghostwriting Diddy’s verse on Busta Rhymes’ 2002 hit “Pass the Courvoisier, Pt. 2.” A deal with Arista Records came the following year, but he got lost in the shuffle when the label merged with J Records in 2005. Looking to beef up his profile, the rap rookie then signed to Mack 10’s Hoo Bangin’ imprint, but the partnership fell apart a year later. Enter Akon, who recently added Red to his Konvict Muzik roster. Before making his major-label debut ...

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