Akon Finds Hope In Brooklyn MC, "He's Gonna Bring New York Back!"
Akon announced the alliance by presenting the emcee with a Konvict Music chain at last Sunday's (June 3) Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, proclaiming "He's gonna bring New York back!"
Having survived several soured deals in the pastm, including situations with Loud, Arista, Capitol Records and Mack 10's Hoo Bangin' imprint, the emcee gained popularity by establishing a presence on various high profile mixtapes and guest appearances on other artists' songs. However, Cafe has yet to release an official album of his own.
Red, who has collaborated with a long list of hip-hop heavyweights including Fabolous, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri, among others, has also earned a reputation throughout the industry as a formidable ghost-writer, having penned lyrics for many of hip-hop's elite including Diddy and Busta Rhymes hit, "Pass The Courvoisier."
The rapper is also said to be putting the finishing touches on his debut LP, The Shakedown, which is slated to be released sometime later this year on Shakedown/Konvict Music. The disc will reportedly feature guest appearances from Akon, Tyrese, Remy Ma, Fabolous and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The album's production is said to be handled by Nottz, Akon, Green Lantern and the Trackmasters, among others.