After recently recording the Haiti tribute track “I Made A Difference”, New York rapper Cormega has now announced a new deal with Sony Red Distribution to aid with gaining more exposure for the record.
While initially planning to release the track to online retail outlets next week, Mega said the record’s official drop is set for next month.
“Basically I was going to release the song May 18th because that’s Flag Day in Haiti,” Cormega explained in an interview. “But a situation occurred that made the project even bigger. Basically what happened [is] I signed an agreement with Sony Red Distribution, so now they’re involved in the digital distribution of the record, and I guess it’s also going to be ringtones […] as opposed to me just doing it by myself. So the set-up is going to take longer, but I initially went in to release it on the 18th and I stuck to my word. I just didn’t sell it on the 18th, I released it and leaked it on the 18th. So it’s available now for people that want to hear it but June 14th is when you can purchase it on iTunes, Amazon, et cetera, et cetera. Whoo Kidd is Haitian so it seemed only right for me to get Whoo Kid to do a drop.” (Anti Sellout TV)
Mega recently credited a trip me made to Haiti during the summer of 2010 for inspiring the record.
It was a June 2010 trip to Haiti with fellow rappers Styles P and the Immortal Technique that gave ‘Mega his original inspiration to take action. “My motivation was to make a difference, because a lot of people, they stumble upon things or information and they speak upon it, but they don’t act upon it, so I promised myself that I was gonna act upon it,” he told MTV News. “When I was in Haiti, I made a promise that I’mma do something different and I wanted to do something to help.” (MTV)
The track features guest appearances from East Coast rappers like Redman and M.O.P.’s Lil’ Fame.
Now that he’s back on American soil, the Queensbridge, New York native continues his Haitian support with the announcement of the benefit track “I Made a Difference” featuring General Steele, stic.man, Redman, Lil’ Fame and Maya Azucena. The cut, featuring backing band The Revelations and touting drum programming from M.O.P.’s Lil’ Fame, was originally intended to feature more rappers who balked on their promise to deliver verses. (Hip Hop DX)
West Coast rap group Odd Future recently inked a deal with RED Distribution as well.
“It’s based on getting the distribution deal we’ve always envisioned that allows the group to ‘sign themselves’ to their own company and keep their masters,” manager Chris Clancy said in an interview. “They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business. Freedom and ownership was the whole point. Red and Sony know that its in everyone’s best interest to maintain the group’s authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. There’s no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. It’s about to be fun.. and different.. ” (Rap Radar)
Check out Cormega’s interview down below: