On the heels of the success of the blockbuster reggae album, Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica, Contractor Music Group and Amada Records will release the follow up album Hip Hop Cruises to Jamaica. The maiden project Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica did 19 weeks on the Billboard reggae album charts and spent 4 weeks at number 1. The album featured Ed Sheeran, Wyclef Jean, Damian and Stephen Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Chronixx, Sean Kingston, Safaree and several other reggae stalwarts.
The new hip hop project’s release date has not been provided and boasts another stellar lineup which include Quavo, Sean KIngston, Royce Da 5’9, Capleton, Lauryn Hill, Master P’s brother C-Murder, Lil Nate Dogg (Son of Nate Dogg), Inno Combs and others. There is also an Audiomack version of the album which includes bonus tracks from French Montana and Chris Brown.
Tiffany Gaines, entertainment executive of SSMG/UMG Distribution says she’s absolutely thrilled to work with Contractor Music Group and Amada Records to distribute the album Hip Hop Cruises to Jamaica. Her company represents over 4,000 artists and 39 sub-labels and she says she jumped at the opportunity when she saw the first project premier on Billboard, Pitchfork, MTV and MSN Entertainment. The digital downloads & physical copies of Hip Hop Cruises to Jamaica will be distributed by VIP Recordings / Amada Records out of Atlanta.
Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards head of the Contractor Music Group based in Ocho Rios Jamaica says, “I am delighted to have them distribute this hip hop album because it allows us worldwide access to more outlets HMV, MTV, HULU and Barnes & Noble.”
July 8th, a photo of Gates and C-Murder was uploaded to the incarcerated rapper's Instagram account. In the photos, C-Murder meets with Gates, who covers his face with a stack of cash.
"REAL RECOGNIZE REAL. @iamkevingates came through and hollered at Cee. Nothing but respect for the homie Gates. A lot so call real left the homie hanging. You have to be real when you take time out your celebrity life to visit a homie in the pen. Salute @iamkevingates for the realest shit. #freecee #freeleelucus #freebigmarlo @freecornbread #freemac #tru4life #justice #tru #trudat #trumovement #freecmurder," C-Murder wrote in his caption.
C-Murder, who was born Corey Miller, is still behind bars after he was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009 for a 2002 nightclub killing. His request for a retrial was denied by a judge earlier this year. Judge Steven Enright of 24th Judicial District Court ruled on Jan. 23 that C-Murder's defense did not make a compelling case for any kind of post-conviction relief. Enright said that the recantation of both witnesses' testimonies are "highly suspicious."
Both his brother Master P and his nephew Romeo Miller have been extremely vocal about C-Murder's release even before the witnesses recanted their testimony. Two of Miller’s friends and collaborators, Cuttboy G-Dinero and 2Meka Diaz, submitted his case to Reasonable Doubt, a true-crime show with the TV network Investigation Discovery in August 2017. When the investigators on the show searched for Jordan and another witness, Jordan finally stepped forward to change his story.
“I think he was all of a sudden ready to talk, and I think he saw that show as an opportunity to put the truth out there,” Barker said.
Cuttboy G Dinero says he has a new single with C-Murder coming soon, “Dey Put Da Blame On Me,” which was recorded while Miller was on house arrest before his 2009 conviction. The snippet can be heard here. The song will be featured as a main single on the “Hip Hop Cruises To Jamaica” compilation album.
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Hip Hop Cruises To Jamaica Tracklist:
1. Kali Ranks - A Perfect Match (feat. Lauryn Hill)
2. Sean Kingston - All I Got (feat. Quavo & Jon Blaze)
3. Capleton - Never Stop Trying (feat. Lucci Gabbana & Contractor)
4. Cuttboy G-Dinero - Dey Put Da Blame On Me (feat. C-Murder)
5. Ralo & DJ Kutt Throat - Run Them Bandz Up
6. Beadz - Get Home (Bone) (feat. Layzie Bone)
7. Alonestar - Crossroads (feat. Royce Da 5’9 & PlanB-Strik9)
8. Virgo & A-K Swats - Keep Playing My Song (feat. Lil Jay of Crime Mob)
9. Faided - N Dis Bish (feat. Project Pat)
10. Inno Combs - The Weekend
11. FLO - Gotta Get It (Prod. By KC Da Beatmonster)
12. Lil Nate Dogg - The Last Word
13. Boneface - Spend It
14. LeLe Ortiz - Rain (feat. Jay Ryan)
15. CPF - Lucious (Prod. By Grip Beats)
16. Chantly Jones - Ain’t A Game (feat. Gunplay)
17. KC Da Beatmonster - Preacher
18 SPLIFFGOD - Gothpack
19. DJ So Cincere - Superhero
20. Avatar Frost - Floyd