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    Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:22:06

    Ruffhouse Records Supports Beanie Sigel - He was sentenced to two years in jail after failing to file tax returns

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    Life goes on, so the record label will go on with it.

    Chris Schwartz, CEO of legendary hip-hop label Ruffhouse Records, has announced his proud support of Beanie Siegel following the Philadelphia rapper's sentencing for failure to file tax returns.

    Despite being sentenced by a federal judge to two years in prison, Sigel will be the first artist to release music on the newly revived Ruffhouse Records. Sigel's upcoming album, This Time, will be released Aug. 28 to launch a new distribution deal between Ruffhouse and EMI Label Services.

    "We're extremely proud to be re-launching Ruffhouse Records with Beanie Sigel as our first artist,” said Schwartz, a founding partner at the groundbreaking label which sold 100 million records worldwide in its first incarnation. "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." As for the Ruffhouse relaunch, Schwartz said, "I'm basically following the same criteria as the previous Ruffhouse Records for the artists we represent. We're working with self-established marquee artists, and Beanie is the perfect fit."

    Good luck to Beanie Sigel as he navigates his sentence.

    Are you going to check out This Time?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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