Freekey Zekey, Asylum Records Partner For Solo Debut; Establishes Dipset South
The deal -- which came about after a meeting with Asylum Executives Todd Moscowitz and Joie "Joey I.E." Manda and Diplomat CEO Cam'ron -- is reportedly in the multi-million dollar range, and will be released through Diplomat Records/Asylum.
"At the end of the day, it's about getting that cake," Freekey Zekey said of the negotiation. "You've got to capitalize on the right time -- everything is timing. We were all sitting in the studio, and Cam was discussing what was going on with his deal, and they cut him off like, 'What's popping with Zekey? Let's get it rockin!' They were happy, and of course a smart person, a hustler like Todd and Joey I.E., they knew -- 'We might as well get him now before someone else gets him.'"
While Freekey Zekey gained early fame for his hilarious skits on Dipset mixtapes and Cam'ron's albums, the rapper attained much of his public notoriety due to his legal woes. After being victimized in a robbery attempt in 2004, old charges arose, and he was sentenced to serve time in North Carolina. During his incarceration, Zekey began building a business foundation for his solo music career with the assistance of his manager, Rick Dalton, and the support of his Dipset family.
After serving a three year sentence, the rapper came home in late November (see "The Diplomats' Freeky Zekey Released From Prison"). With the Diplomat Records/Asylum relationship already in place, the album partnership was a natural progression to the next phase of his career.
Zekey also plans to officially launch his own label, Dipset South, after the release of his album in Spring 2007. Despite the regional flavor of the name, Zekey asserts that the brand is global. "When you say Dipset South, it's only because it's based there," said the rapper. "We don't limit it to being in the South with Southern artists. Anything could happen. We could have country music or R&B or elevator music. It's worldwide as far as a record label."
Despite rumors, there are currently no acts signed to the new imprint.
Before Book Of Ezekiel drops next year, Zekey will release a mixtape as a prelude to his full length debut.
Even with the phenomenal success of his camp, Freekey Zekey's personal aspirations are succinct. "I want success, and respect of the fact that I'm in business. I'm a real dude," said Zekey.