Compton Rapper Problem Inks Deal With Universal Republic

By Ronnie Gamble  |  03/20/2008

ProblemThere's another rapper outta Compton that's got people's attentions this week. Nope, it's not The Game. It's Problem and boy, is he a problem.

The rapper, who's been behind the lyrics of some of the West's most herald artists, has recently announced his signing to Universal Republic. With a deal in place, he is now preparing his debut album, which will include his upcoming single, "I'm Toe Up."

The single has already been getting spins on Los Angeles' Power 106 radio station, and once it did, it was only a matter of weeks before he was on a plane to New York and his fate sealed on the dotted line.

"That single was just me being loaded one night and the next morning playing around," he explains about his life-altering record.

Problem is a gifted songwriter, who has written songs for and worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Lil Wayne and producers Cool & Dre.

His label says he "combines the song range of Ludacris, the style of Juelz Santana and Lil Wayne, and the West Coast claims of Snoop and The Game."

Most recently, Problem wrote the hook on "Red Magic," a new Cool & Dre produced Game joint featuring Lil Wayne, wrote "Say Girl" for Chris Brown's artist Lil Scooter.

His debut mixtape, Second Round Knockout, has sold 13,000 copies to date, and he is currently preparing the release of two more mixtapes -- The Streets Is Mine and Deal or No Deal, II.

"I'm here for the mainstay," Problem proclaimed. "It's going to be a problem for a long time."