News: Memphis Bleek Goes Back To The Roc, Tags Jay-Z & Rick Ross For New Album

Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Former Roc-A-Fella rapper Memphis Bleek has decided to re-link with Jay-Z for his upcoming The Process album which will include appearances by Rick Ross and Pharrell.

The announcement was made Thursday (August 20) afternoon, which explained the involvement of Bleek's Get Low Records.

New York-based recording artist and Jay-Z's protege Memphis Bleek is scheduled to release his fifth studio album titled The Process on November 24, 2009. The album, executive produced by Jay-Z, will feature production from Just Blaze and No I.D with special appearances by Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Pharrell and more! The album will be released on Boston-based label Mass Appeal Entertainment in a joint venture with Bleek's own imprint, Get Low Records. (Press Release)

Bleek also confirmed the upcoming album and said it will display his strive for independence.

"The Process has been exactly that; a process," he said in a statement. "Taking what I've learned from a teacher and creating my own school. It's time for me to handle my own business as a man and Mass Appeal supports the vision. I'm ready to share The Process and Get Low Records with the world and along with Mass Appeal, I'm excited to take the next steps in my career independently." (Statement)

Bleek recently spoke on his relationship with Hov and how Jay will have a large hand in the project.

"[The album] is called The Process," Bleek revealed in an interview. "Same album I was working on when everybody was under the Def Jam structure. But once Jay moved and did the Roc Nation thing, I hollered at him and told him I wanted to create my own umbrella to be a branch off Roc Nation...I don't want to be under Jay-Z's shadow forever. I feel like I'm gonna get criticized for that forever. So, yeah. It's one reason I want to do the Get Low thing. People will respect me more if I can show them I know how to walk on my own two. But I still got the big homie. He's setting up meetings with every distribution company for me. I'm just trying to see what's the best fit." (Vibe)

He also hit up SOHH last year to discuss the concept behind Get Low.

"Roc-A-Fella for life," Bleek affirmed. "Even though Roc-A-Fella's in the blood, [Jay] gave me the opportunity to step out and make Get Low Records for my own company and really get all the proceeds, make all the money from my projects. And I don't think nobody right now, nobody's boss would let them do that in the position I'm in and still be on stage with them touring." (SOHH)

The Process is slated to hit stores Tuesday, November 24th.

Check out a past Memphis Bleek interview below:

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