Exclusive: Sheek Louch Defends Half-Man, Half-Gorilla "Donnie G" Artwork, "I'm Feeling Real Beastie Right Now"

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 4:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With Sheek Louch's highly-anticipated Def Jam debut Donnie G's artwork hitting the Internet this week, SOHH reached out to the L.O.X. member to get the inside scoop on its primal influence.

Confirming the legitimacy of the leaked cover, Sheek explained his decision to portray himself as half-human and half-gorilla.

"That's some of the hottest artwork I've seen in a while," Sheek told SOHH. "A lot of my people on Twitter were telling me that [too], all over online. It's definitely poster material. I could have just sat there and smiled for the camera, the regular playboy-type sh*t, you know what I'm saying? Nah, I didn't want that. I wanted to really take it there, you know, I'm always on that "Silverback Gorilla" thing. That's how I'm feeling, that picture right there is not to depict black people or none of that, it's just that I'm feeling real beastie right now. I'm in this jungle going hard at it. That's how I did it and they really brought that to life." (SOHH)

Aside from the artwork, his album's tracklist also hit the Internet this week.

1. Rhyme Animal (Intro) 2. Get It Poppin 3. Club Jam Packed feat. DJ Webstar 4. Out Of The Ghetto feat. Kobe 5. Make Some Noise feat. Fabolous 6. Blood & Tears feat. Casely 7. Nite Falls 8. Party After 2 feat. Jeremih 9. Touch The Sky feat. Ryan Leslie & Adrienne Bailon 10. Ol' Skool feat. Bun B 11. Picture Phone Foreplay feat. Kevin "KC" Cossom 12. Dinner Guest feat. Jadakiss, Bully & Styles P. 13. Ready4War (Rap Radar)

The project's December 2010 release date was announced last September.

The Yonkers rapper is set to drop his first Def Jam album Donnie G on Dec. 7--his first major label project since his solo debut on Universal, Walk Witt Me. One-third of gutter rap group The Lox, Sheek has recently been lighting up the Internet with leaks from his upcoming fifth solo album (see street heater "Cocaine Trafficing" with Jadakiss) and upcoming mixtape with DJ Green Lantern, Donnie Def Jam: Guerrilla Warfare Vol. 1 (VIBE)

Last May, Sheek credited Island Def Jam music executive L.A. Reid for executing his vision.

"I got some real good music coming out," he revealed. "I needed that right machine behind it to get that record past the level that it stops, to push it further. And I was shopping it to a lot of the majors...but my man L and Butch, Czar, Mike Caruso and Lenny S...they brought me up in there to Def Jam. And Chris Hicks and L.A. [Reid] they seen the vision. And it's on." (XXL Mag)

Donnie G is now scheduled to drop Tuesday, December 14th.

Check out Sheek Louch speaking on his album below:

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