YukmouthAccolades and fame don’t add up to much without freedom. While it is usually something we take for granted everyday, Yukmouth knows the price of his freedom and is embracing it with his new album Free At Last, set to drop in June.

After being in the game for nearly 20 years, Yuk has seen and been stuck in every deal imaginable. From spending time at Virgin Records, through several other labels he eventually landed at Rap-A-Lot Records where he released multiple records. Since leaving the label, Yukmouth couldn’t imagine a better time than to take his fate into his own hands and go independent with Smoke-A-Lot Records.

On Free At Last, the Bay Area rapper enlists the likes of Young Money’s Gudda Gudda for its single “Smell It On Me”, Ya Boy and Jay Rock for “The Life”, and Mistah FAB rounds things out on “That’s Outta Here”.

(Download “The Life” in MP3 format right here )

Yukmouth made headlines last month when he was robbed of $92,000 worth of jewelry in the parking lot of a grocery store in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. It was originally reported, by police, that Suge Knight was responsible, but Yuk himself has come forward to deny that claim. He has refused to cooperate with authorities to find the real culprits.

Having provided the instantly recognizable anthem “I Got 5 On It” as a part of the 90s group The Luniz, Yuk is also a member of the groups Thug Lordz (with C-Bo), and the Regime (with Tech N9ne and Tha Realest).

Born in East Oakland, he originally signed a solo record deal at Rap-A-Lot Records in the late 90s. He released three albums there, each selling at least 200,000 copies with little-to-no airplay. Since leaving Rap-A-Lot, Yuk founded his own label, Smoke-A-Lot Records, and has released both the DVDs and the soundtracks for his series titled United Ghettos of America.

His new album, Free At Last, is in stores June 1st.