B.G. and fellow Hot Boys alum Lil’ Wayne are both set to release new records in time for Christmas. However, B.G. tells Billboard.com he isn’t worried about sibling rivalry between his “Too Hood To Be Hollywood,” due Dec. 4, and Lil’ Wayne’s “Tha Carter III,” out Dec. 18.
“My style has changed and I’ve grown as person,” B.G. explains. “I was real open-minded when I made this record. I’ve got one of the best A&R [reps] in the business, Jean Nelson, and we’ve come up with a vision to make a classic album that’s going to go down in the hall of fame.”
“I came in making the record that everybody said I wouldn’t be able to make,” says B.G., who won his long battle with drugs and has been clean for four years. “Now we got a hard but good problem of choosing which records to keep.”
Mannie Fresh, Polow Da Don, Khao, Lil C, Scott Storch, Don Vito, Mr. Rogers, Bass Heavy and Nitti are among the producers that may make the “Too Hood To Be Hollywood” cut, and “I Hustle” featuring Young Jeezy and produced by the Justice League is an early standout.
“I was still hot running records through Koch / now I’m on Atlantic looking for that No. 1 spot,” B.G. rhymes on “I Hustle,” referring to his 2006 split from Koch Records. Though he’s also affiliated with T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records, B.G. subsequently signed an Atlantic distribution deal for his own independent label, Chopper City.
“T.I. is executive producing my album, but I ain’t signed to Grand Hustle,” B.G. says. His manager, Anel Pla, confirms that “Too Hood” will be released via Atlantic. “I expect Atlantic Records to go hard as I go,” B.G. insists. “I’m gonna give 150 percent.”
B.G. is also prepping a DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Drama collaboration mixtape that will be released virally in the weeks ahead.
The rapper’s previous album, 2006’s “The Heart of Tha Streetz: Vol. 2,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart.