RUFFHOUSE RECORDS ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF RAP STAR BEANIE SIGEL AMID TODAY’S ARREST AND THROUGHOUT JAIL SENTENCE
Chris Schwartz Says Hip-Hop’s Master Lyricist Has Shown
“˜Utmost Professionalism’ During Promotion of “˜THIS TIME,’
New Album Released Yesterday
Chris Schwartz, CEO of iconic hip-hop label Ruffhouse Records, today announced his ongoing support of BEANIE SIGEL following the Philadelphia rapper’s arrest this morning during a traffic stop in Essington, PA.
Sigel was arrested one day following the release of his Ruffhouse Records debut album, THIS TIME. The master lyricist has been on a media blitz promoting the album, and is scheduled to report to federal prison Sept. 12 to begin serving a two-year sentence for failure to file tax returns.
“Obviously, we’re very disappointed,” said Chris Schwartz, a founding partner at the groundbreaking label which sold 100 million records worldwide in its first incarnation. “However, Beanie has done nothing but display the utmost professionalism in all the initiatives related to the promotion of his new release. Beanie obviously has been struggling with some personal issues, and we continue to support him now and throughout his impending incarceration.”
Critical acclaim for THIS TIME has been as powerful as Beanie’s music:
“This sharp and inspired album is further proof that Beanie feeds on that hard-time-coming pressure,” said All Music Guide in a four-star review, “¦ and that glorious, urban dream depicted on the cover comes right through the speakers. ” XXL Magazine said Sigel “reinforces his reputation as a lyrical beast” on THIS TIME. “With plenty of slick metaphors, complex wordplay and hard-hitting rhymes, Sigel comes out on top.”
Sigel is the first artist to release music on the newly revived Ruffhouse Records.
During his only live performance to date in support of the album, Aug. 16 at SOB’s in New York, Sigel earned glowing coverage from Rolling Stone, marveling how he “put a throng of diehard Mack Mitten fans into a frenzy,” and the Village Voice, amazed at his “stunning, bone-crackingly fierce verse” during a capella preview of THIS TIME.
“We are awaiting the immediate outcome regarding the machinations of his current legal status before we can comment further about his future promotional schedule,” said Schwartz.
Ruffhouse Records, recently proclaimed “one of the greatest record labels of all time” by HipHopDX, is known for catapulting the careers of some of Hip-Hop’s finest artists in the 1990s, including Lauryn Hill, the Fugees, Cypress Hill and Kris Kross.
More announcements about the return of Ruffhouse Records, Beanie Sigel’s new album, and beyond are forthcoming. Watch the official website at www.ruffhouserecords.com and www.beaniesigel.com.