BEANIE SIGEL, one of the greatest lyricists and most revered rappers in the game, has returned with his long-awaited album, THIS TIME, set for worldwide release Aug. 28 on the newly revived Ruffhouse Records in a new distribution deal with EMI Label Services. Two weeks later, the “Broad Street Bully” will be headed to federal prison to begin serving a two-year sentence.
But before he starts doing time, the former Roc-A-Fella star will embark on a whirlwind promotional schedule behind THIS TIME that includes a U.S. tour and a national TV performance on NBC‘s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The first single, “The Reunion,” which brings together his State Property group Omillio Sparks, Young Chris, Peedi Crakk and Freeway and samples Sly & the Family Stone’s “You Can Make It If You Try,” is getting huge response and airplay in its first radio week at major urban stations like Hot 97/New York, Power 99/Philadelphia, WPWX/Chicago, and Sirius Shade 45 and Hip Hop Nation.
Beanie’s U.S. tour includes performances in New York (Aug. 16 @ S.O.B.’s), Los Angeles (Aug. 30 @ The Key Club) and Oakland, CA (Aug. 31 @ The New Parish). More dates will be announced shortly. “Beans” performs with fellow Philly artists The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 6 and also is scheduled to appear on BET’s 106 & Park on Aug. 24.
MTV’s RapFix Live is keeping up with Beanie by rolling out a three-part webisode special titled “Man to Man.” In Episode 1, Beanie receives words of wisdom and encouragement to push forward from civil rights activist Dr. Ben Chavis, who says Beanie represents “the power of this generation.”