Hidden Beach, Collipark Package New 'Unwrapped'
Hidden Beach Recordings' "Unwrapped" series is returning this month with a new slant and production collaborator. Offering jazz instrumental covers of Southern hip-hop hits, "Unwrapped Vol. 5.0: The CHidden Beach Recordings' "Unwrapped" series is returning this month with a new slant and production collaborator. Offering jazz instrumental covers of Southern hip-hop hits, "Unwrapped Vol. 5.0: The Collipark Cafe Sessions" (June 24) was recorded in collaboration with Collipark Studios. The Atlanta-based entity has produced hits by Soulja Boy, Ludacris and Young Jeezy, among others.
This is the first new "Unwrapped" CD since volume four was released in 2005. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the series' 2001 debut has sold 183,000 units.
"I was so turned off by all the copycat projects," says Hidden Beach president Steve McKeever in explaining the series' hiatus to Billboard.com. "We'd decided to step aside when we started getting e-mails and requests to do another one."
The timing coincided with a hip-hop/jazz hybrid project that Collipark Studios had started on its own. "I felt Hidden Beach and its 'Unwrapped' series was a no-brainer," says Mr. Collipark. "You have to do a project like this right; with someone who knows that older audience. My label knows what the youth want. So we felt this would be a great partnership to make a CD that both parents and children will enjoy."
The lead single is a cover of Lil' Jon & the EastSide Boyz' "Get Low." In addition to "Unwrapped" production newcomers like Abdul Ra'oof (executive producer), Fred Wesley, Kofi Burbridge and Wirlie "Wyl-e" Morris, the 11-track CD features returning regulars like Hidden Beach artist Mike Phillips, Jeff Lorber, Peter Black and Patrice Rushen.
Here is the track list for "Unwrapped Vo. 5.0":
"A Bay Bay"
"Walk It Out"
"Ay Bay Bay" (Mike Philly version)
"Bridging the Great Divide" (bonus track with Mr. Collipark)