Just weeks before Hood Star's release, WIDEawake Entertainment Group Inc President, John Payne told DX in a statement, "The WIDEawake Entertainment Group is pleased to be able to share more gems from the Death Row [Records] vault. Once again, we are able to find some great music. The good thing about the Hood Star album is its ability to stand the test of time, even after years hidden away. We are happy that the fans will get to have a chance to enjoy this Crooked I material. There is a chance it could have sat in the archive and never been released. This is another good example of the Death Row legacy. As always, we will continue to maintain the legacy with unaltered hits from the Death Row vaults."
Now a famed emcee within Slaughterhouse and leader of Circle of Bosses (C.O.B.), Long Beach's Crooked I spent a number of years on Death Row Records, largely during then-founder/CEO Marion "Suge" Knight's 1997-2001 incarceration. During that tenure, Crooked appeared on compilations such as Too Gangsta For Radio and Dysfunktional Family soundtrack, while appearing on albums from Ja Rule, Ashanti and Boo Ya T.R.I.B.E.
In related news, Crooked I is also set to release Mr. Pigface Weapon Waist 2 next month, a sequel to last year's self-released digital EP.