Lord Jamar is pulling double duty these days. As fans eagerly await his guest appearance on an upcoming episode of HBO's "The Sopranos," the Brand Nubian MC is currently putting finishing touches on his debut solo album, The 5% Album, due this June.
Set to be released via Babygrande Records, The 5% Album will feature appearances from his groupmate Grand Puba and Wu-Tang Clan's Rza , Raekwon and Gza.
"I've always wanted to do a solo album but certain things side-tracked me," explained Jamar via a statement "Like discovering and working with dead prez, [and] acting in things like 'Oz.'"
Jamar, who is a devoted follower of the 5% teachings and even played a 5 Percenter in his recurring role in HBO's prison drama "Oz," will issue The 5% Album with a special 40+ page collector's edition booklet that expounds further upon the principles of the 5% movement, its origin and continual growth, as well as its profound effect as one of hip-hop's cornerstone ideologies.
"Lord Jamar and his A&R Dreddy Kruger, have crafted a brilliant album that pays homage to the ideology that helped shape his life and the entire genre of music we call hip-hop," said Babygrande Records CEO Chuck Wilson via a statement. " The 5% message is a continually vital message to many urban youth. With The 5% Album, Lord Jamar is reaching out and giving a long overdue voice to a culture that he, as well as some of hip-hop's most influential artists, have lived for years."
As SOHH previously reported, Naughty by Nature's Treach will also make an appearance on "The Soprano's" as well.
The 5% Album is slated to hit stores on June 27 . To preview tracks from the album, visit www.5percent.org or www.babygrande.com.
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