From Jackie O:
CORMEGA PREMIERS NEW ALBUM BORN & RAISED AT EXCLUSIVE LISTENING PARTY WITH PERFORMANCE AT NEW YORK’S S.O.B. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8th.
“What’s up with Cormega, have you seen him? Are y’all together?” The infamous lines that introduced Cormega to the hip-hop world are exactly what fans have been asking since the lyricist’s last solo album, The True Meaning, in 2002. Well, if you’re wondering the exact same thing, join Cormega and Legal Hustle Records as they present an “up close & personal” sneak preview performance of songs from Cormega’s upcoming album, Born & Raised, to be released Summer 2009. Although he won’t reveal the surprise performers, special invited guests include DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee, Havoc, Buckwild, DR Period, Nottz, Lil Fame, Emile, Ayatollah and all the producers on the album. The official exclusive listening party/performance takes place Wed, April 8th (Doors open @ 7pm, Showtime @ 9pm) at New York’s SOB Night Club located at 204 Varick Street at West Houston in Manhattan. General admission is $12 in advance and $15 day of show.
While Cormega has released several projects on his Legal Hustle imprint, only two can be considered Cormega solo albums: The Realness (2001) and The True Meaning (2002). In 2009, Cormega returns with his third official solo album, Born & Raised, to be released like his other projects on Legal Hustle Records (see below press release for full discography of releases). “I’m proud of all my albums. It’s been seven years since my last solo album and this new one. Born & Raised represents me because I got to work with artist I respect and some of my favorite producers,"explains Cormega. “Your albums are like your kids. One kid might achieve more than the other one but you love them all. The Testament was my first album, so I have good memories from that album. I’m proud of The Realness because that’s my first independent debut that I released on my label, Legal Hustle Records. It showed people that I could make an album on my own. By my third album, True Meaning, I was starting to get industry recognition. That album got me a Source Award for Independent Artist Of The Year, the first time they created that category, and an Impact Award honor from the Underground Music Awards for making the most impact on underground music scene.” In between albums, Cormega released several side projects like: Special Edition, Got Beats? and a DVD with compilation album Who Am I?
A demo version of “Fresh,” produced by Emile featuring Big Daddy Kane, Grand Puba, KRS-One, PMD with intro by DJ Red Alert was leaked, but has since been rerecorded and produced by Buckwild. He describes the song as his proudest musical moment. “I’m looking forward to performing that song at the show!” offers Cormega. “These were the emcees I looked up to. I remember the days when I had Kane’s posters on my wall, CDs by KRS-One and like everybody in New York, I used to record DJ Red Alert cassettes off the radio, so for me to do a song with Kane, KRS-One, Puba, and P.M.D. and then on top of that have Red Alert on it, is a dream realized.”
While mixing Born & Raised, and preparing to debut the new songs on-stage at SOB’s, Cormega is also working on an upcoming Queensbridge album which he describes as “very raw.” “There are artists on there who aren’t even top artists, but they’re known around the way. There are underdogs on there who are kicking ass. Screwball has a song that’s gonna fuck you up and a lot of people aren’t even up on Screwball like that. Havoc has some beats on it that are tough and my man Jaguar is doing some production on there too. He did like three joints on there. I’m also working on a Legal Hustle Volume 2 soon after that. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I can just hope my fans are with me and that they support the digital sale of the album. You’ll be hearing from me in 2009, I’m going to make up for all the years I was gone.”
Legal Hustle Records Discography
The Realness (2001) – Cormega first official solo album
The True Meaning (2002) - Cormega second solo Album
Cormega Presents Legal Hustle (2004) – Compilation album featuring guest appearances from MOP, Ghostface, AZ, Kurupt, Jayo Felony, Large Professor, reggae artists Vybz Kartel and Unda P.
Special Edition (2004) Limited edition double CD reissue of his first two albums The Realness and The True Meaning. The retrospective included 7 bonus tracks and a 15 minute trailer of his upcoming DVD, Who Am I.
The Testament (2005) Shelved by Def Jam, this was Cormega’s first ever recorded album released nearly a decade after the original recording.
Legal Hustle Presents Got Beats? (2007) - the first in a series of producer instrumental albums to be released October 9th, 2007 features production from DJ Premier, Alchemist, Ayatollah, Buckwild, K.I.D.D. and more.
WHO AM I? – (2007) Legal Hustle Record’s first documentary DVD, which gives fans an inside look into the life of Cormega. Executive produced by Cormega. Four years of Cormega's life were been edited into a two hour documentary which he began filming in 2001.
Born & Raised (2009) – Cormega third solo album.
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