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Ice Cube may wind up on Priority Records

28 Feb

Recently, Ice Cube announced that he would briefly return to the rap game with a new album. Ever since his six-year hiatus, due to his demanding schedule, Cube has tried to release an album every other year. Starting in 2006, Cube does release a new album every year.

With 2010 here, Ice Cube wanted to release a new album for many reasons. First, he releases an album every other year. Because he missed out on last year, he felt that he should get an album out this year. Also, with 2010 being the start of a new decade, Cube decided to go ahead and put an album out.

Recently, Ice Cube began working on his new album, I Am The West. He signed a one-album deal with Interscope Records to put his last album out, but they did very little to help promote the album. Now that Snoop Dogg is the head of Priority Records, a lot of rappers, especially those from the West Coast have signed to the label. Given his relationship with Snoop, it would not be a stretch to think that Ice Cube may do the same.

On top of everything else, Ice Cube began his recording career with the label in the late 1980s, when he was on Ruthless Records. Even after he left the label, he created his Lench Mob label as a sub-label of Priority. When he went on hiatus, Ice Cube left the label and suspended the operations of his own record label. But, when he returned, Priority Records was placed on hiatus.

Now, for the first time since 1996, Ice Cube is a free agent and Priority Records is able to sign him. With Snoop Dogg at the helm, a deal is likely to happen.

Snoop Dogg releases Compilation Album

25 Feb

Last fall, Snoop Dogg was given the reigns of Priority Records. He has been the creative chairman of the label for only five months, but he has changed things. In his short time with the label, he has them buzzing with his album, Malice n Wonderland, and he is signing new artists to the label, left and right.

As this year moves along, Snoop Dogg wants to go ahead and release new albums from the now-loaded roster of the label. But, before he gets into all of that, Snoop will release a compilation album that consists of old classics from past Priority albums. He has titled this new release West Coast Blueprint and the album features records from Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and other old school West Coast rappers.

In addition to the classic tracks, it also features two new tracks from Snoop Dogg. Following the release of West Coast Blueprint will be his next album, a sequel to Malice n Wonderland titled More Malice.

Warren G headed to Priority Records?

23 Jan

Ever since 2003, Priority Records had been defunct. The active artists on the label were either absorbed into Capitol Records or they were forced to leave entirely. Right before the end of 2009, EMI announced that they were reviving the label. In the past, the label was known for releasing albums from many independent West Coast labels. They had even distributed releases from Interscope Records after Atlantic Records cut ties with them.

With the revival of Priority Records came the need for leadership. Ever since the successful tenure of Jay-Z over Def Jam, many other labels have looked towards artists to lead them. The track record of Snoop Dogg with his Doggystyle label was too much to pass up. After the release of his album, Ego Trippin’, Snoop Dogg made the decision to leave Geffen/Interscope, but he had yet to find himself a home.

Priority Records named him the creative chairman of the label, which gave him to right to operate the label. Under the terms of this deal, Snoop Dogg became an artist for the label and his label became a subsidiary of Priority Records. When he accepted this role with the label, Snoop said that he was going to use his new position to revive the West Coast hip hop scene. After only four months with the label, Snoop Dogg has accomplished a lot.

For starters, he has already released an album under the label and he has signed Mac Dre 100, 213, and Cypress Hill to contracts with Priority Records. He has had a relationship with Warren G for years and they are members of 213, along with Nate Dogg. A few months ago, Snoop decided that their next album would be released on Priority Records and Warren G has expressed interest in signing with a new label. Since he is already a part of 213, a signed Priority act, he may decide to move full time to the label.

Due to his relationship with Snoop Dogg and the signing-spree that he is on, it is highly possible that he may end up signing Warren G to the label.

Snoop Dogg adds Cypress Hill to his Priority list

18 Jan

During the late summer of 2009, Snoop Dogg became a hip hop president. Already having been in charge of his own label for a decade and a half, Snoop was given the reigns to Priority Records. The label had been on a hiatus for nearly ten years. In 2008, EMI revived the label and placed it under the Capitol Records Group. When looking for a person to run the label, they looked no further than Snoop Dogg.

From 1998 until 2003, Snoop Dogg was on the label and he was their highest-selling artist. But, in 2004, he left the label to reunite with Dr. Dre over at Interscope Records. After five years over there, Snoop Dogg was searching for a way out. In 2008, he had announced a new deal to record music on a record label owned by MTV. For unknown reasons, this deal fell apart and when he was offered the deal to return to Priority, Snoop Dogg did not think twice.

Under the deal, Snoop Dogg became the Executive Vice President of Artist Development at the label. This gives him the authority to sign as many acts to the label as he would like to. In addition to that, his Doggystyle imprint was moved from distribution under Koch and Geffen Records to an exclusive distribution deal with Priority Records. All of the artists were transferred over to the label.

The first act signed to the Snoop Dogg-run Priority Records was 213, which he followed by the signing of Mac Dre and now he has signed Cypress Hill to the label. Snoop Dogg stated that he was going to use his new position to revive the West Coast hip hop scene. Now that a rapper is in charge, he feels that they can now begin to do things for themselves. Not only does Snoop sign artists to the label, he also decides who will release their album and when they will do it.

Snoop Dogg has no plans of stopping with this signing; he has more moves in store that will be announced in the future. The first album released under this new label was Snoop’s own tenth studio album, Malice ‘n’ Wonderland.

Snoop Dogg signs 213 to Priority Records

4 Jan

After they were all successfully released from Death Row Records, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg formed their own group, 213 in 1998. For years, the group would make appearances on solo albums from each of the members. They would also appear on music from other artists as 213. But, after Snoop Dogg returned to the mainstream stage in 2004, Warren G and Nate Dogg convinced him that it was time for them to record their debut album.

It would be while Snoop Dogg was riding off of the success of his first number one single, “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” that he would debut his new group. Coming right before the release of his 2004 album, Snoop Dogg released the debut album, The Hard Way. The album came as a release on his own Doggystyle imprint and a release on TVT Records. While the album did not sell many copies, it gained the group a cult following.

When the album was released, Nate Dogg and Warren G were still fairly notable artists. But, in the time since the release of the album, they have fallen to become has-beens. Warren G is working on some new music and Nate Dogg is still fighting to overcome his recent illnesses. In 2009, Warren G expressed interest in reuniting with Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg for another album with 213. Nate Dogg later expressed his interest in doing another album.

Nate Dogg and Warren G were on board for another album, but they realize how busy Snoop Dogg is with his own record label, working on his new album and his job as president at Priority Records. Because of that, they were not sure how long it would take to record new music. Snoop said that he was going to use his position at Priority to put the West Coast back on top. He said that he would be looking for new acts to sign to the label.

Recently, Snoop Dogg also expressed his interest in reviving 213. He ended up reaching out to both Nate Dogg and Warren G. Not only is a new 213 album in the works, but they also have become the first act that Snoop Dogg has signed to Priority Records.

Snoop Dogg is looking to revive West Coast hip hop with New Role

20 Dec

Late last year, Snoop Dogg left Interscope Records, entirely. He had been with the label for five years, where he enjoyed some of the greatest success of his career. Through Death Row, he had started his career at Interscope. Still with the label were the founder, Jimmy Iovine, and his former partner, Dr. Dre. Because of that, Snoop Dogg was family at the label.

However, throughout his career, Snoop Dogg has been a rolling stone. Early in his career, he realized that he could not always count on his record label. That was the reason that he launched his own label, Dogg Pound Records. In 1998, he would move himself and his label away from Dogg Pound Records for a deal with Master P’s No Limit Records.

At the time, No Limit was distributed by Priority Records. For years, Priority had been an independent label that distributed music from many independent West Coast artists. Had it not been for this label, Eazy-E would have never been able to watch his Ruthless Records rise to such heights. When Death Row was removed from Warner Music Group, they came to this label.

Recording for the label had been a longtime dream of Snoop’s. In 2001, his deal with No Limit expired. Despite his strong relationship with Master P, Snoop Dogg had spent his time under him learning how to become a better executive. His first move was deciding to remove himself from under the No Limit name and sign straight to Priority Records.

The result was Snoop Dogg rising from an average rap star and into icon status. Many thought that he would remain under Priority for the long term. However, on his 2002 album, Paid tha Cost to be Tha Boss, he began working with Pharrell. It turns out that their working relationship was so strong that Pharrell convinced Snoop Dogg to sign with his Star Trak Entertainment.

At the time, Star Trak was distributed by Priority Records, however, soon the label switched to Interscope Records for distribution. Because of the fact that Snoop Dogg had signed directly to his label, he was also forced to move to Interscope. This was not a sad move for Snoop because he was allowed to work under the same label as Dr. Dre, again.

For four years, Snoop Dogg recorded music for Geffen/Interscope. He released hit singles and produced decent album sales. It was during his time under Star Trak that he released his first number one hit single of his career. His 2004 single, “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” became his first single to ever top the Billboard Hot 100.

However, over time, Snoop Dogg grew bored of his deal with the label. Watching Jay-Z work out a multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation, Snoop soon worked out a deal with MTV that allowed his music to be recorded on a new version of Doggystyle Records that would be distributed by MTV. For unknown reasons, this deal never happened, but Snoop Dogg remained off of Interscope Records.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Snoop Dogg had taken an executive role at Priority Records. It turns out that Snoop will serve as an Executive Vice President for the label. It is now his responsibility to get new artists signed to the label. While Snoop said that he is only looking for what is hot, he said that he hopes to use his position to revive the West Coast.

Pointing out the history that Priority has with such controversial groups as NWA, Snoop Dogg says that he wants to duplicate that success. Snoop Dogg wants to give many of the independent artists on the Los Angeles hip hop scene a chance now that he has an executive role at Priority Records. Unlike with Interscope, Snoop also has the power to determine when the music will be released.

Snoop Dogg takes an Executive Role at Priority Records

8 Sep

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg is truly becoming a boss within hip hop. For his entire music career, he was the CEO of his own label, Doggystyle Records (formerly Dogg House Records).

Now, Snoop Dogg can add to that title the Creative Chairman of Priority Records. He will oversee the releases of several new artists that the label is preparing to pursue.

Aside from that, Snoop Dogg will serve as executive producer on a series of releases that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the label. These releases will feature work from Eazy-E, N.W.A., Master P, Ice Cube, EPMD, Westside Connection, and Snoop Dogg, himself.

Snoop Dogg has returned to the label after a seven year hiatus.