Following another successful collaboration with Rick Ross on the Miami rapper's latest album, "Deeper Than Rap," production trio the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is working on several new projects.
Headlng the League's to-do list is a new track by Atlantic rapper Maino. Titled "Here Comes Trouble," the track has been tapped as the theme song for the independent film "Brooklyn's Finest." Directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") and due in late 2009, the suspense thriller stars Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere and Wesley Snipes. The story centers on three unconnected Brooklyn, NY police officers (two of them undercover) who end up at the same deadly location in the Brooklyn projects. According to the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League's co-manager Chuck Greene, the song will also be a single for Maino and included on his upcoming album.
Back in the studio again with Young Jeezy (Billboard, May 30), the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Just Undeniably Some of the Illest Composers Ever) are working with several other artists on upcoming albums. Among them: Mary J. Blige, Plies, Drake and The Game. Recent collaborations include Lil Wayne, Fabolous, OJ Da Juiceman, Busta Rhymes and the aforementioned Ross, who scored a top 10 R&B/hip-hop hit with the League-produced track "Magnificent." The trio's earlier productions include the 2008 2 Pistols hit "She Got It' (featuring T-Pain and Tay Dizm).
Comprised of members Rook, Colione and Kenny "Barto" Bartolomei, the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League has been together since 2004, making live instrumentation a key component of its production style. Colione notes the group collectively plays 13 instruments including the saxophone, electric and bass guitar, drums, flute, piano and trumpet.
"We go for real artistry," says Colione. "A lot of people lose that just sitting behind a computer. We want to bring real music back."
With artists like Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears on its wish list, the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is staying busy in the meantime developing three artists under its own banner. They are Haitian rapper/singer Supa Show plus rappers Slim E from Orlando and Prime from Tampa.