After being released from his deal with Sony Urban, Watts rapper G. Malone has found a new home with Mack 10’s Hoo-Bangin’ Records, in conjunction with Cash Money Records.
Although Malone signed a reported $1.7 million deal with Sony for his own imprint, Blu Division, the rapper decided to leave after Sony Music Entertainment merged with BMG, resulting in the dismantle of the Sony Urban Music label.
With the new deal in place, Malone says he sees success in his near future. “Money plus look equals success. Stevie Wonder could see why I did this deal,” the rapper told BallerStatus.com, while laughing. “It feels better than the first time a girl played my flute, feel me?”
Malone is already hard at work on his Hoo-Bangin’/Cash Money debut, Beach Cruiser, which he calls a “complete LP” and “must hear movie of ’07.”
Until then, he is pushing his latest two singles, “Malone” and “Certified” featuring Akon, both of which have received airplay on Los Angeles radio. Malone is also planning to give the fans some snacks in the form of an EP titled The Sermon, expected in August.
A collabo album with Bay Area rapper Mistah Fab is also in the works called Sideshow. That is due in the first quarter of 2008.
The Watts native was in the middle of a label bidding war after creating an enormous street buzz with his 2005 debut mixtape, White Lighting (Sticks), which went on to sell an impressive 30,000 copies without any marketing or promotion.
Labels such as Interscope Records, Def Jam and The Game’s Black Wall Street label came a knocking, but after much thought, Malone opted to go with Sony Urban as his own boss.