Veteran Watts, California Gangsta Rap trio O.F.T.B. (a/k/a Operation From The Bottom) will release Hostile Environment on July 12 through Death Row Records/WIDE Awake Entertainment. According to Tha Row’s newsletter, the longtime label act will release their sophomore studio album this summer, a sequel to 1992’s Straight Up Watts.

The trio, led by Flipside, also features producer Bus Stop and Low M.B. O.F.T.B., longtime associates of Death Row’s co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, first worked with the label on 1994’s Above The Rim soundtrack, before appearing on later label compilations and soundtracks, such as Murder Was The Case soundtrack, Gridlock’d soundtrack and Gang Related soundtrack. Working with the likes of 2Pac and DJ Quik and releasing several videos, the Watts trio never released an album while signed to Death Row, but in 2005, self-released archival materials from their tenure, called The Missing D.R. Files. The group also famously produced the controversial YGD The Top Dogg (a/k/a Top Dogg) Notorious B.I.G. diss record, “Going Back To Cali.”

There is no word yet if Hostile Environment will include new and/or archival material.

Since changing ownership, Death Row has released projects from ’90s artists including Sam Sneed, Danny Boy, Kurupt and The LBC Crew.

(April 14)

UPDATE: Death Row Records has released the tracklisting and cover art to the album now titled Damn Near Dead. The work features archival material from the mid and late 1990s.

1). Thinkin’ About That Murder – Produced by: TKO/Chico White, & OFTB
2). Hot One -Produced by: Bryan G & OFTB
3). Damn Near Dead -Produced by: Sandman & OFTB
4). Gun a n***a Down – Produced by Brian Gallow & OFTB
5). N***as Going Down – Produced by: Brian Gallow & OFTB
6). That Was Then This Is Now. Feat. Snoop Dogg & Kurupt – Produced by: OFTB
7). Crack Em’ Remix – Produced by: OFTB
8). Who Got The Hits – Produced by: OFTB
9). What Should I Do – Produced by: TKO/Tony White & OFTB
10). Girl Ain’t Got No Time – Produced by: OFTB
11). Penitentiary Bound – Produced by: Brian Gallow & OFTB
12). Check Ya Hood – Produced by Sandman & OFTB
13). So Long Feat. MC Hammer – Produced by Johnny J & OFTB