While Brooklyn rapper Red Café signed to Bad Boy Records last year, it was announced this week that he is officially a part of Diddy’s new Bad Boy/Interscope Records partnership.  

Diddy, whose entertainment label was previously a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, expressed his content for the new deal. “Red’s lyrical skill and passion is unique. [His] raw talent brings a new sound and fresh perspective from the streets. I look forward to him sharing his talent with the world.”

With a major label finally backing his future decisions, Red Café plans to release his debut album Red October later this year, with the lead single “I’m Ill” featuring Fabolous already hitting airwaves across the nation. The album will be co-executively produced by Diddy and R&B singer Akon.

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“I’m so excited,” Café explained. “I’ve got the best of both worlds; Diddy representing the streets and Akon bringing a worldly perspective to the project.”

Red October currently has no release date.