According to Billboard.com, Foxy Brown will release her long awaited album, Black Roses, on September 6. The LP will not be released on Def Jam Records, instead, it will come out on Foxy’s new label, Black Roses. “This album is going to be a lyrical testimony to everything I’ve gone through and survived the last couple of years,” Foxy tells Billboard.com. “It’s just incredible.” While details about the album are still sketchy, Foxy says she wants to work with Jay-Z, Spragga Benz and Baby Cham. In order to hold fans over until Black Roses, the Brooklyn MC will also release a new untitled mixtape in June.
Bay Area MC, Mistah F.A.B., will debut at No. 177 on Billboard’s Top 200 Charts this week for his new album, Da Baydestrian. This is the first time an independent rapper from the Bay Area has cracked the Top 200 in over five years. The album also debuted as the No. 3 hip-hop album on iTunes, No. 7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and No. 17 on Billboard’s Rap Chart.
As previously reported on XXLMag.com, Houston’s Grammy award winning MC, Chamillionaire, joined with Energizer to find new, unsigned talent in the Energizer e2 Titanium Technology Freestylin’ Music Contest. The contest took place between March and April, in which aspiring artists uploaded a two-minute freestyle to Energizer’s MySpace page. Last week, the contest ended and the winner — San Francisco MC, C-Tru — was chosen by Chamillionaire. As the grand prize winner, C-Tru performed with King Koopa on Sunday, May 20 at DUB Magazine’s 2007 Custom Auto Show & Concert in Atlanta, GA. “Meeting Chamillionaire and spending time with an artist who’s out there telling the truth through music, just like I am, is an opportunity of a lifetime,” says C-Tru. “Energizer’s support and respect for the music scene made this happen. I’m truly grateful.”