Several Death Row Records artists of the last decade have reappeared in powerful places. Crooked I [click to view] vacated the label to join Dynasty Records, and will be releasing an album with Slaughterhouse next month – arguably at the peak buzz of his 15-plus year career. Spider Loc [click to read], who made limited appearances for the label, has subsequently signed to G-Unit, while releasing independent work on the side. Tha Realest, best known for his work on Death Row compilations such as Suge Knight Represents…Chronic 2000 and Too Gangsta For Radio, is the latest – and one of the longest waits – to get an album.
On July 14th, RBC Records (EPMD, Nappy Roots, Spider) and NBA star Mike Bibby‘s Team Dime Entertainment will release Witness Tha Realest. The album, which has been discussed for almost a decade, will feature a long list of guests, including Fat Joe, Crooked I, WC, C-Bo, EDI and Devin The Dude.
Previously, the rapper gained controversial publicity both for his similar vocal and physical appearances to Tupac Shakur, but also his early career songs, directed at artists like Snoop Dogg, Master P and Dr. Dre. He left the label after six years in 2002 to pursue independent interests. Witness Tha Realest was be the rapper’s official debut.
The album’s first single is “Get It N,” produced by Detail of Konvict Muzik.