Memphis Bleek to release “The Process” in March

16 Dec

The story of Memphis Bleek is well-known. He was supposed to be the heir to Jay-Z’s dynasty, but circumstances stopped this from happening. While he worked hard on each album, all of his releases seemed to be lacking something. By 2005, the label had given up on him and his album was not even promoted. It was not until Jay-Z came back that any noise came from the camp.

Time and time again, Memphis Bleek has announced his takeover of the game. In 2003, when Jay-Z called it quits, it was supposed to be Bleek’s turn to take over. While he had his own company, Get Low Records, for years, he began adding artists to his imprint, expecting his music to take off in a way that it did not.

As a result, the entire roster of acts on his Get Low label were dropped from Roc-A-Fella. By 2005, his music had yet to take off. He promised his fifth studio album, The Process, as the album that would finally gain him respect within the hip hop community. Initially, the album was supposed to be released in 2007.

However, releases from Freeway, Beanie Sigel, and Jay-Z commanded all of the attention on the Roc-A-Fella label, alone, not to mention the many other releases from the Def Jam label. Any chance that Bleek had of releasing an album on Def Jam was shot when Jay-Z resigned as CEO of the company.

By 2008, Jay-Z had left the label, as an artist along with the rest of the Roc-A-Fella Records roster. Not to be left out, Memphis Bleek also packed his bags and moved on. During the summer, Memphis Bleek revealed that he had signed an exclusive distribution deal for his Get Low label through Mass Appeal Entertainment.

Through Get Low/Mass Appeal, Memphis Bleek will release his long-awaited fifth album, The Process. Initially, the album was supposed to be released on November 24, 2009, however, the album was later pushed back to January, then February. Now the album is set for release on March 23, 2010.

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