The new owners of Death Row announced this week, the upcoming release of a new solo album from Crooked I, featuring material the Long Beach rapper recorded while signed to the label.
The forthcoming album, titled Hood Star, features 15 previously unreleased tracks with guest appearances from Juvenile, Too Short, Sisqo, Danny Boy, Eastwood, Kurupt and Ray J, among others.
According to the label, Big Hutch (aka Cold 187um) provides most of the production from the album.
Crooked I signed to Death Row Records in the early 2000s, and appeared on a number of label compilations such as Too Gansta For Radio, the “Dysfunktional Family” soundtrack, Tha Dogg Pound’s 2002, and Tupac’s Nu Mixx Klazzics. However, after a four year stint with Tha Row and no album release, the rapper opted to become a free agent, leaving behind the music he recorded for his freedom.
He’s since gone on to become one of the rising stars from the west coast. In 2007, Crooked I generated a huge Internet buzz when he began a freestyle series he called “Hip-Hop Weekly,” in which he spit freestyle verses over recognizable instrumentals.
Fast forward two years later, Crooked joined a little group called Slaughterhouse, alongside Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9. The group’s buzz has gotten so big that it drew the attention of Eminem and Shady Records, who are in the process of signing the group.
Death Row’s upcoming Crooked I throwback album is slated to drop on June 15th.