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Bekay - Hunger Pains Available November 10th, 2009
Posted by Steve Juon at Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 4:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Press release from Coalmine Records:

October 26th, 2009


Coalmine Records is pleased to announce the November 10th release of Hunger Pains, the most recent full-length album from Coalmine’s flagship artist, Bekay. This project skillfully fuses Bekay’s artistic talent, over a dynamic soundscape assembled by many of the most revered producers in today’s urban marketplace. Hunger Pains is a project that took quite some time to create and Bekay & Coalmine Records is excited for its long awaited release.

Over the past few years, Bekay has created a loyal, cult-like following in the underground hip-hop community by relentlessly recording, performing and grinding. Known for his complex imagery, shock value and clever wordplay, Bekay has established himself as a controversial figure in the hip-hop game. His music has received acclaim from across the globe from both media and fans alike. DJ’s worldwide strongly support his music that has resulted in four college chart-topping singles, including the acclaimed “Where Brooklyn At?” feat. the late Old Dirty Bastard.

Bekay, the former 106 & Park contestant and Rawkus 50 alumni joined forces with the burgeoning Brooklyn-based Coalmine Records to craft a body of work that will clearly be defined as Bekay’s benchmark release to date. Hunger Pains features the production talents from industry heavyweights such as hit-maker J.R. Rotem, The Alchemist, Illmind, DJ Babu, Shuko, Marco Polo, BeanOne & Street Orchestra, among others. To boot, Hunger Pains boasts an all-star supporting cast that includes guest appearances from the legendary Masta Ace, Dilated Peoples, Saigon, Heltah Skeltah, Insepectah Deck, R.A. The Rugged Man, Wordsworth & DJ Revolution.

Matt Diamond, C.E.O. of Coalmine Records makes the following statement regarding the release of Hunger Pains. “This album represents everything that Coalmine Records stands for; artist development, conceptually diverse music, top notch production and the appropriate features/cosigns. I have been actively involved in the development of this project and it has been a genuine labor of love. To finally see this release come to fruition is a milestone for Coalmine. Personally, I’m excited to see how people react to this album and how it will propel Bekay into the next phase of his career.”

As part of the marketing campaign for this release, Coalmine will be launching a full-scale radio campaign for the album’s three singles “Brooklyn Bridge” feat. Masta Ace (prod. by DJ Babu), “I Am” featuring DJ Revolution (prod. by The Alchemist) and “Bloodsport” (prod. by Shuko). The entire album will also be promoted to DJs & tastemakers worldwide and will be charted through CMJ. Hunger Pains presents two videos associated with the album’s release; one for “Brooklyn Bridge” that includes an intro snippet of the album’s lead single “I Am” and another video for “Bloodsport” which was filmed at the legendary Gleason’s Gym. Additionally, Coalmine & Bekay will be will be lending promotional support through the organizing of a listening session/press day, release party and tour throughout Bekay’s key market cities. Last, a full-scale online/print ad & p.r. campaign will run concurrently with the album’s release.

From start to finish, Hunger Pains is a major achievement that will solidify Bekay’s standing in the game as an artist dedicated to both the progression and preservation of this culture.

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