Warner Music Group's Asylum Records has signed marketing and distribution agreements with three urban independents. The deals are with Houston labels Rap-A-Lot and Swisha House/Swisha Blast, as well a

Warner Music Group's Asylum Records has signed marketing and distribution agreements with three urban independents. The deals are with Houston labels Rap-A-Lot and Swisha House/Swisha Blast, as well as Memphis-based Hypnotize Minds.

Rap-A-Lot, founded in 1986 by James Prince, will release a new Geto Boys album this month. The 18-year-old label has issued albums from Geto Boys member Scarface, as well as Yukmouth, Dirty and Do Or Die. A Warner spokesperson says the deal will include Rap-A-Lot's catalog.

Asylum has already been distributing the latest release from Hypnotize Minds artist Lil' Wyte, and will now handle the label's catalog and future releases. The imprint was founded in 1992 by Three Six Mafia members DJ Paul and Juicy J.

Swisha House/Swisha Blast, started by Houston collective Swisha House Clique, will issue its first releases through Asylum. Its roster includes Mike Jones, Paul Wall, the Future, Michael Watts and Archie Lee.

Asylum Records is one of two WMG-owned labels created to offer incubator services to independent labels, with distribution by WEA. The division is headed by Todd Moscowitz.

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