— — – Chris Schwartz, CEO of the relaunched Ruffhouse Records, issued a statement voicing his support for rapper Beanie Sigel, who had been recognized as the flagship artist on label. Sigel was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday (July 12th) for failing to pay taxes on $2.2 million in income.
The Ruffhouse label is preparing Sigel’s latest album, This Time, for an August 28th release.
“We’re extremely proud to be re-launching Ruffhouse Records with Beanie Sigel as our first artist,” said Schwartz. “His sentencing today doesn’t change any of that in the least. Regardless of this unfortunate situation, Beanie has created a tremendous body of work that is totally worthy of the Ruffhouse name.”
“It’s almost ironic that the sentencing is happening on the eve of this record, because this record is about introspection and redemption. Beanie is truly one of the great lyricists in the hip-hop game. He stands tall among all the major MCs and he’s revered by all hip-hop aficionados around the world,” Schwartz added.
“I’m basically following the same criteria as the previous Ruffhouse Records for the artists we represent,” says Schwartz of his approach with the label. “We’re working with self-established marquee artists, and Beanie is the perfect fit.”