DX News Bits: AZ and Statik Selektah, So So Def, Mo Wiley
AZ and Statik Selektah announce a joint LP, So So Def Records hires a new VP of Promotions, and Bay Area emcee Mo Wiley looks to take the office of the mayor in San Leandro.
With a sequel and a 15th anniversary re-release of his critically acclaimed 1995 debut Doe or Die already in the works, it would appear as if rapper AZ had his plate full for the next year. Yet according to sources, AZ and Beantown producer Statik Selektah will be teaming up for a collaborative LP.
Although there are few details about this album available, NahRight, 2DopeBoyz and RapRadar have all confirmed that the two will be releasing a project together sometime in 2011. AZ's Doe or Die 2 is also scheduled for a 2011 release, while the 15th anniversary edition of Doe or Die will hit shelves this November 23.
In other news, super-producer Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Records imprint has announced the hire of their new Vice President of Promotions. Scott L. Lewis, CEO of the successful email music distribution companies Bottom Feeder Music, will be assuming the duties of handling So So Def's web content and online branding.
"We're extremely happy to be officially adding Scott to the So So Def Family," said Jermaine Dupri. "Over the past few years Scott has proven to the industry that Bottom Feeder Music is number one for online promotions...I feel like adding Scott to the team instantly gives us a greater internet presence." (RapReviews.com)
Earlier this year, Sara Mestas, better known to Hip Hop fans as the emcee Mo Wiley, announced her decision to run for the mayor of San Leandro in the Bay Area. Now, Mestas has fused her politics and her music in a recent viral video called "Where Da Money Go?" in support of her campaign. Mestas, who is currently signed to First Kut Records, says that she hopes that the video helps put her into contact with the younger generation looking to for an in to the political arena.
"This music video contains a message to impact young voters who are not interested in politics," said Mestas. "We need to get as many San Leandrans involved in this important conversation about where the city’s money is actually going and why...since the moment I began campaigning, I have made great progress connecting with the community and encouraged voter registration to all ages. Reaching our younger generation – the future leaders of our town – is very important to me and I’m confident that I my honesty, resilience and determination to make San Leandro a stronger community will draw voters on November 2." (CultureMob.com)
Mestas's campaign site can be found here. Her campaign video can be found below.