HipHopDX.com details Capone-N-Noreaga’s history & re-signing with Penalty Entertainment and relationship with President & CEO Neil Levine.
Joell Ortiz interview discussing the development of his style, the impact of radio and the younger generation of potential emcees on CrazyHood.com
CNN & NORE July 2014 Dates
|7/15/2014||New York, NY||The Studio at Webster Hall||CNN||Flyer|
|7/18/2014||Providence, RI||Simon’s 677||CNN with Special Guests: Goodbelt Gang||Flyer|
|7/19/2014||Cambridge, MA||Middle East||CNN with Special Guests: Goodbelt Gang||Flyer|
|7/24/2014||New York, NY||La Marina||NORE with Special Guests: Tony Touch, G-Bo the Pro, Cipha Sounds, Big Jeff||Flyer|
Footage of Cross Streets in the Studio with eMC Pt. 1
Joell Ortiz freestyle on “Sway In The Morning”
Hi-Rez – “Stupid B!tch” *Official Video*
Joell Ortiz interview on “Sway In The Morning”
Joell Ortiz – “House Slippers” *Official Video* Prod. by !llmind
Joell Ortiz – “Pills ‘N’ Potions” (Remix)
Joell Ortiz – Puerto Rican Day Parade 2014 Footage
Nore & Good Belt Gang – “Never Mind That” *Official Video*
Nore Feat. City Boy Dee – “Slowly Surely”
Capone-N-Noreaga/Good Belt Gang sign with Penalty Entertainment via Nore’s production company Militainment
June 11, 2014, New York, NY — Hip Hop history has been made once more with the recent re-signing of legendary hip hop duo CNN AKA Capone-N-Noreaga and Nore’s group project Good Belt Gang to Penalty Entertainment. CNN, Good Belt Gang, Militainment and Penalty Entertainment, LLC are all pleased to announce that after a long hiatus, a CNN reunion has been established and full-length albums for CNN and Good Belt Gang are expected to release this Fall.
The group known for releasing one of the most critically acclaimed street albums to date, “The War Report”, grew up in the projects of Queensbridge and LeFrak City. In 1996, they signed with Penalty Recordings and proceeded to release their first single entitled “T.O.N.Y.”. From there, they cemented a name for themselves as one of the greatest rap groups of all time.
18 years later, Nore has cultivated a group of up-and-coming emcees know as the Good Belt Gang. Good Belt Gang consists of members City Boy Dee, Yung Reallie, D Tweez 4 Da Cheese, Sanogram, Black Boy Cocca and Money Ming. In Nore’s own words, “Good Belt Gang is where my heart is at. I’m happy to be able to help birth the careers of some very dope and creative artists and I’m super hyped to be doing it along with Penalty.”
Nore also had this to say about the CNN signing, “I’m excited to once more be apart of Penalty, a company I helped build in the late 90′s. Get ready for us to shake the game up this time around!”
Neil Levine of Penalty Entertainment, LLC was quoted saying, “The re-signing of legendary group CNN is a monumental moment in the Penalty legacy and I’m proud to be able to share it with the world. I’m also excited to be able to contribute toward building Nore’s vision with Good Belt Gang, a new generation of artists he’s passing the torch down to. We’re about to re-write history!”
Official Site x Twitter x Instagram
Official Site x Twitter x Instagram
Good Belt Gang Online
City Boy Dee x Yung Reallie x D Tweez 4 Da Cheese x Sanogram x Black Boy Cocca x Money Ming
eMC breaks down inspiration behind single “Charly Murphie”
XXL x eMC Interview
Hi-Rez – “Avatar” (Prod. by Rekstarr) *Official Video*
Hi-Rez – “Murrda” (Prod. by Rekstarr) *Official Video*
Hi-Rez – “Gum Drop” (Prod. by The Heatmakerz) *Official Video*
eMC – “Charly Murphie” (Prod. by 14KT) *Official Video*
Wordsworth – Pound Cake Freestyle eMC Trailer #2 “The Turning Point” Due 5/20/14
Lil’ Mo signs with Astra/Penalty Entertainment for new album The SCARlet Letter
(Pictured l-r) Alan Becker (RED), Reginald Turner (Astra), Bob Morelli (RED), Neil Levine (Penalty), Lil’ Mo, Bella Wilkinson (Honey Child) and Mitch Dudley (RED).
Singer, songwriter, radio personality, reality television star, Label CEO and author Lil’ Mo has signed a deal with Astra/Penalty Entertainment, LLC to release her new Honey Child Ent. produced album entitled The SCARlet Letter.
Lil’ Mo has worked with a number of artists including Missy Elliott, Fabolous, Ja Rule, Jay-Z and Whitney Houston. Credited for writing for and performing with artists the likes of Janet Jackson, Next, Bow Wow, Keith Sweat, Jaheim and Tyrese, she is poised to take her place amongst them with the release of her upcoming album.
A legend in her own right, Mo is well known for the release of timeless hits such as “Superwoman Pt. II”, “Hot Boyz” and “Put It On Me”.
When asked about the new album and signing with Astra/Penalty, Lil’ Mo was quoted saying, “After the second season of R&B Divas LA finished taping, I was ready to direct my attention back toward the one thing I love most, music. Once I learned everyone at Astra/Penalty was supporting me with open arms, I knew signing with them was the right move and I’m extremely excited to give my fans what they want, Mo music.”
Said Reginald Turner of Astra Entertainment, “When a good friend of mine Doc Clarke brought it to my attention that Lil’ Mo was looking for a new home, I knew she would be a perfect fit for the company and I am happy to have teamed up with Penalty on this venture. Now let’s make some hits!”
Neil Levine of Penalty Entertainment, LLC, “I’m ecstatic to be partnering up with Lil’ Mo and Astra Entertainment. Mo is such a great artist and both Reginald and I are honored to be working with her. Let the games begin.”
Serving as a prelude to The SCARlet Letter album, Mo recently released the NSS mixtape. Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/thelilmoshow/sets/no-shit-sherlock
The SCARlet Letter is scheduled for release this August 2014.
Contact email@example.com and go to Lil’ Mo’s site www.thelilmoshow.com for more information.
Lil’ Mo Online
eMC – “The Turning Point” Trailer (Due 5/20/14)
eMC HAS JUST RELEASED THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM THEIR UPCOMING EP ENTITLED “THE TURNING POINT”!
April 7, 2014, New York, NY — Lyrical giant Joell Ortiz has signed a deal with Penalty Entertainment, LLC as he prepares to release his third album, House Slippers.
With an abundance of critically acclaimed mixtapes and albums , Joell has worked with some of the most prominent hip-hop legends in the game — Jadakiss, Raekwon, Ghostface, and Fat Joe to name a few.
In 2008, Joell established supergroup Slaughterhouse with fellow artists Joe Budden, Crooked I and Royce Da 59. Eminem personally signed Slaughterhouse to Shady Records in January 2011.
The Brooklyn-born emcee had this to say about the deal, “I truly believe it’s going to be a big year for Joell Ortiz. Neil Levine over at Penalty gets it and is giving me, the Yaowa, a platform to do exactly what I wanna do…ME!”. Penalty Entertainment’s Neil Levine had this to say about the signing: “I’m thrilled to be welcoming Joell to our rapidly expanding Penalty family. He is an amazing talent and his new album House Slippers is destined to be an instant hip-hop classic.” Complex magazine gives an inside look on the conception of the title, signing with Penalty and what went into the creative process while constructing the album with interviews from both Joell and executive producers of the album, The Heatmakerz. Check out the video here: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/joell-ortiz-works-with-heatmakerz-for-new-album-house-slippers
Joell Ortiz Online
Penalty Entertainment Signs supergroup eMC
February 5, 2014, NY, NY; Penalty Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of super-group eMC.
Penalty Signs Hi-Rez
January 29, 2014, New York, NY; Penalty Entertainment, LLC is pleased to announce the signing of south Florida rapper Hi-Rez.
Penalty Recordings Re-Launches as Penalty Entertainment with Multi-Year Deal with Sony RED
(Pictured l-r) Alan Becker, SVP Product Development; Bob Morelli, President RED; Neil Levine, CEO Penalty; Tom Carrabba, EVP RED Associated Labels; Wendy Washington EVP, Media & Artist Development; and Mitch Dudley RED Label Manager
New York (January 16, 2014) – Penalty Entertainment, LLC today announced a new partnership with Sony RED for a multi-year distribution deal covering North America.
Launched in the early 90s, the NYC-based Penalty Recordings was originally a joint venture with then Tommy Boy/Warner Music and home to some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop music. The imprint went on to become one of the most respected and influential independent record companies of the 90s. Penalty’s moniker and revolutionary spirit was also manifested in the lyricists they signed such as Noreaga (NORE), CNN, Lord Finesse, The Beatnuts, J-Live, Crooked Lettaz (David Banner) and Skull Duggery with No Limit, in addition to the projects they initiated like the AND 1 Mixtape DVD series.
Now, two decades later in 2014, Founder/CEO Neil Levine has restored the brand under Penalty Entertainment and chosen Sony/Red as a distribution partner. Inclusive of recorded music, artist and producer management, music publishing, touring and merchandising, Penalty Entertainment is involved in every aspect of an artist’s career.
“We’re focused on artist development, talented new producers and musicians who will be here many years down the road. We want the superstars of tomorrow, today. We want to help develop them for successful careers that will produce generations of hip-hop fans,” explains Levine about partnering with Sony/Red. “I have a lot of respect for what RED has accomplished with their marketing divisions and I believe that Sony is the right partner on a global level. RED is a best in class company and I am really honored to be a part of that legacy.”
RED President Bob Morelli beams about the new partnership. “Neil Levine’s Penalty 2.0 joins RED’s fast growing Rap and Hip-Hop label groups (Cinematic, Ncredible, Louder Than Life, Infamous, Soul Temple) with a new roster that showcases the quality and consistency of the original. There is no doubt about Penalty’s plans to recapture the original excitement and Neil’s ability to deliver it. RED’s continued mission to find the best in Rap and Hip-Hop has been fulfilled with the addition of Penalty Entertainment and we are excited to begin the next chapter from this storied label.”
First releases from Penalty include Ft Lauderdale rapper Hi-Rez, EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth and Strick) for Spring 2014 as well as a number of deals currently being negotiated.
Penalty Entertainment, LLC • Distributed by RED, division of Sony Music Entertainment