Bleek Is Back
The new album from rapper Memphis Bleek, who was the first artist signed to Roc-A-Fella records in the late 1990s, will be the first released under the regime of new label president Jay-Z next month. "534" is named for the apartment building Bleek and Jay-Z grew up in amid Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Marcy Projects.
First single "Like That" was produced by longtime collaborator Swizz Beats and recently peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.. "534" also features guest appearances by Jay-Z, 9th Wonder, Young Gunz and M.O.P. Tracks include "First, Last & Only," "Infatuated," "Gimme a Light" and the highly personal "Straight Path."
Like 2003's "M.A.D.E.," the new set was recorded in a relatively stripped down studio setting with Roc-A-Fella's Young Guru. "It's like when I first started rhyming," the artist says. "I had a friend who was a DJ and we'd make records at his place. We'd use the headphones as a microphone. We just wanted to be making music."