News: Red Cafe On Bad Boy Debut, "I Have Some Of The Family Members On There"
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 9:41AM
Red Cafe recently spoke on what fans could expect from his upcoming Bad Boy Entertainment debut and why a feature from Day26 or Diddy may be possible.
While keeping details to a minimum, Red revealed his upcoming single and explained the importance of focusing more on himself than guest appearances.
"The new single is on the way, it's called 'Loco,'" Red revealed in an interview. "I think the people are gonna f*ck with that -- I done did a lot of features already, I did hella features with pretty much everybody that's relevant or anybody that I respect their craft. So at this point, I just need to give the people more of Red Cafe. I have some of the family members on there, some of the Konvict movement and maybe a couple of Bad Boy players, definitely my Shakedown team, but you're not gonna see an excessive amount of features. It's only when it's necessary." (As The World Turns)
Diddy recently spoke on Red's Bad Boy signing and spilled the business dealings behind his joint partnership with Akon.
"He's a well-respected lyricist and emcee in the whole New York hip-hop scene," Diddy said in an interview about Red. "But he's not the average New York rapper. He has something special. That's why we signed him...We thought it would be a great idea to collaborate, to put our forces together, to ensure the success of Red's career...He's been hustling on the scene for, like, seven years now. Maybe longer than that. He's just now coming into his own. It's a 50/50 split. It's no secret to the deal. That's the best way to do partnerships with your friends and family. Hopefully, we can join our forces together and take Red to the place he needs to be taken to." (MTV)
He previously spoke with radio personality Jenny Boom Boom about the significance of adding Red to his label.
"As far as my track record, I've only worked with the best in the game," Diddy explained. "Whether it's from Biggie to Jadakiss to The Lox to Jay-Z, KRS-One, LL [Cool J], that's who I'm used to working with. And so at Bad Boy, we haven't really signed a lot of hip-hop acts. And this year, when that ball dropped, I was like focused and said I really need to find somebody that speaks the same language as Bad Boy and I can throw all this muscle behind...I've known him for a while and seen him mature and evolve and grow, he just has the Bad Boy attitude. He hasn't stopped...I called Akon up, who he still has a deal with, and I tried to get some stuff together...East coast hip-hop hasn't been up to par. What I'm saying is when it's done right, it's nothing like Red Cafe, it's nothing like Biggie, it's nothing like Nas, it's nothing like KRS-One and Rakim, it's nothing like that." (Jenny Boom Boom)
The hip-hop mogul announced plans to bring back Bad Boy's iconic rap music reputation earlier this year.
"Bad Boy, you know, we making a comeback," Diddy promised in a video. "We have been gone, we making a comeback with this Gorilla Zoe. We got this Yung Joc record, I got this new Cassie, 'It Must Be Love,' we got Day26, we got myself. We got Janelle Monae...Bad Boy rap is gonna make a comeback this year. We gonna make a comeback this year...Also, can't forget about E. Ness...We got a whole great stable of artists." (World Star Hip Hop)
Check out Red Cafe speaking on ghostwriting for Diddy below: