After releasing two critically acclaimed LPs, The True Meaning (June 25, 2002) and The Realness (July 24, 2001), and winning a 2003 Source Award in the new category of Independent Album of the Year for The True Meaning, Cormega returns with the Legal Hustle album to be released May 11, 2004 on Legal Hustle Records distributed by Koch. “Legal Hustle showcases everything that we’re trying to bring as a company in 2004 and 2005. It’s like giving you the access code to Legal Hustle’s vault.” The album features Doña (pronounced Donya), the first artist signed to Legal Hustle Records, MOP, Kurupt, Jayo Felony, and introduces new artists like Banger, Lake, Miz, Chaundria Brown, and DMP with production by Ayatollah, Emile, and Knottz among others and was recorded in Los Angeles, Miami, and Virginia.See Also:
Unlike the average artist who only collaborates with the hottest artist out, Cormega likes to work with people he’s feeling, not based on sales, popularity, or who they’re down with. “For this album, I decided to do collaborations with artists who are either close friends or artists who I respect.” On “Let It Go,” featuring MOP, Cormega explains, “I always wanted to do a song with MOP because they’re real. We talked about doing something together when I recorded The Realness in 2001, so when we had a chance to get into the studio, this time we made it happen” On “Deep Blue C” featuring Kurupt and Jayo Felony , Cormega offers, “Kurupt and Jayo Felony are two west coast MCs who I respect, so I went out to Los Angeles to record with them.” On the song, Cormega experiments with a completely different sound. “This year I’m coming with a lot of projects, so versatility is important or else my fans will get bored with all the music we have coming out. Plus Jayo Felony kinda flips his flow and he got me hyped, so I flipped mine.”
Several producers featured on Legal Hustle have been featured on Cormega’s previous album including Ayatollah and Emile, but others make their Legal Hustle debut including Bear One, Robert Rieves, super-producer Knottz who features his group, DMP, and Queens producer AX , who provided the beats for the majority of the compilation. “AX is from Queens and he’s hot, but overlooked, so I had a lot of good beats to select from. Knottz has worked with some of the hottest artist in the industry and his beats are crazy, so I went to VA to record with him.”
Doña, Legal Hustle first signee is highlighted on at least six songs on the Legal Hustle album. “Doña is incredible!!! I can’t even explain how she rhymes. She’s the only artist – male or female - I’ve collaborated with that has made me go back and rewrite my verse after hearing theirs. When you hear her, you’re gonna be curious to see how she looks because she sounds like she’s real gutter and ugly,” Cormega explains. Doña’s album, My Brother’s Keeper , will drop late 2004.
Following the Legal Hustle album, Cormega will release his third solo album, Urban Legend , Dona’s solo album, and a DVD featuring behind the scenes footage. The DVD will also include never before seen exclusive music videos from The Realness and The True Meaning including “The Come Up” featuring Large Professor, “Built For This,” “Get Out My Way” and “RU My Nigga.”
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