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Memphis Bleek Brings It All Back Home
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.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," named for the apartment building Bleek and Jay-Z grew up in amid Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Marcy Projects, is due May 17.
First single "Like That" was produced by longtime collaborator Swizz Beats and jumps 62-54 in its fourth week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & 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."
"M.A.D.E" debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and has sold 408,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.