ARTIST: Project Pat
ALBUM: Walkin’ Bank Roll
LABEL: Hypnotize Minds/KOCH
WHO HE IS:
North Memphis native Project Pat-uh is no stranger to the spotlight—he hit it big with 2001’s “Chickenhead” and guest starred on Three 6 Mafia’s MTV reality show Adventures in Hollyhood. But after he spent four years in a federal prison, Sony Records fumbled the promotion of his 2006 comeback album Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story. After opting to go the indie route, this master of infectious hooks is back with his sixth album.
“Don’t Call Me No Mo” f/ Three 6 Mafia
PRODUCERS: DJ Paul & Juicy J
GUEST SPOTS: Pimp C, Three 6 Mafia, Will Wessun
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM 2006’s CROOK BY DA BOOK?
“The album with Sony was a decent album, but it didn’t get the publicity like it was supposed to. Koch is going to give me the publicity I need. So really this is like my first “real” album since I have been out of jail because a lot of people didn’t even hear of the other one. I had two videos for the Crook By Da Book album and Sony never got them played. You can even say that the Sony album was an underground album and this KOCH one is a major one! [Laughs] Sony were more into pop groups and stuff like that. Me? I am straight street. KOCH is going to the streets with this album. They remind me of Loud Records back in the day. When I was on Loud we had the Mista Don’t Play album with the song “Chickenhead” that sold a million. Loud was an urban type of a record company and that is how Koch is. Koch is urban and I like being with them.”
“We just signed a guy from Memphis named Yung D. He’s got an album coming out called Certified. The single is the hottest thing in the streets right now. The hottest new dude though is Yung D. The boy don’t play! Me and Yung D are going to do an album together but we don’t have a name for it yet.”
“I also just finished a book about my incarceration. I still have some editing to do but it’s finished. We’re also supposed to be making a Hustlin’ In Hollywood movie. It’s kind of like Jackass, but more on the Hollyhood tip.”
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ARTIST: Playaz Circle
ALBUM: Supply & Demand
LABEL: DTP/Def Jam
WHO THEY ARE: Tity Boi and Dolla are two natives of College Park, GA signed to Ludacis’ Disturbing Tha Peace label. While the group formed in 1998, they experienced a delay when Dolla was locked up from 1999 to 2001. After standing on the sidelines while other DTP members got their shine, they finally got their buzz up over the last few years through grassroots promotion in the South. Their single “Duffle Bag Boy” was originally supposed to be a single from the DTP compilation album Strength In Numbers, but after its popularity soared, the label decided to delay the compilation and release Supply & Demand instead.
PRODUCERS: Buckwild, M-16, Drumma Boy, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, Midnight Black
GUEST SPOTS: Ludacris, Phonte of Little Brother, Lil Wayne, Shawnna
“Duffle Bag Boy” f/ Lil Wayne
ARTIST: The Pack
ALBUM: Based Boys
LABEL: Up All Nite/Jive
WHO THEY ARE:
This group of four teens—Lil Uno, Young L, Lil’ B and Stunnaman—hail from Berkely, California, where they started their big Bay Area buzz with a minimalist hyphy sound. After their sneaker tribute “Vans” blew up on the underground, Too $hort signed them to Jive Records through his Up All Nite imprint. But just as the “Vans” phenomenon was going national, MTV refused to play the video, calling it “commercial.” As a result, their 2006 EP Skateboards to Scrapers went largely ignored by the mainstream.
PRODUCERS: Young L, Mr. Collipark, Traxamillion, DJ Speedy, Too $hort
GUEST SPOTS: Kaya
“In My Car”