UPDATE: "The Chicken Hawk" rapper resigns a first-era Hoo Bangin' Records-era group, The Young Hoggs.
In the late 1990s, Inglewood, California emcee Mack 10 launched Hoo Bangin' Records. The Priority-distributed label released projects from the likes of MC Eiht, CJ Mac, The Comrades and Mack 10 himself. After the Westside Connection member signed with Cash Money Records, Hoo Bangin' releases slowed, and the initial roster vacated the imprint.
This morning, it was announced that Mack 10 has revived Hoo Bangin'. Mack has signed a new distribution with Fontana, and revealed that he has a new lineup of respected veteran emcees, most notably Xzibit. The platinum artist Xzibit will be joined by his former Strong Arm Steady band-mate Mitchy Slick, Oakland's Richie Rich, Glasses Malone and former Snoop Dogg group, The LBC Crew - with includes original Hoo Bangin' emcee Techniec.
The first release for the revamped Hoo Bangin' is Mack 10 and Glasses Malone's collaborative release, Mack/Malone, due April 12. The long-delayed release will be Glasses' first retail album, while his Universal/Cash Money solo debut, The Beach Cruiser remains without a planned release date.
In a statement, Mack 10 said the following: "The Mack/Malone project is the perfect way to let folks know that Hoo Bangin' is coming back strong. We have been working really hard to make this release a memorable project for our fans. I want Hoo Bangin' to become the home of the best on the west."
UPDATE: Mack 10 has now re-signed Los Angeles quintet the Young Hoggs. The group worked extensively on Mack's 2003 project, Ghetto, Gutter & Gangsta. DubCNN.com reports that the Hoggs' debut album, The Hottest Around, will feature Dre'sta and Tha Relativez' Big Wy.