Stevie Stone’s 2 Birds 1 Stone album debuted at #9 on the Rap Albums chart Wednesday (August 21), giving Strange Music its eighth debut on the Rap Albums chart this year, according to billboard.com. No other company has had as many albums on the charts in 2013, with Young Money and Cash Money tied for second with four albums, as per billboard.com.
Strange Music earned its first chart entry of the year in February, when Brotha Lynch Hung’s Mannibalector entered the charts at #8. Tech N9ne’s Something Else was Strange Music’s highest-charting album of the year, entering the charts at #2 earlier this month (August).
The other Strange Music albums to chart in 2013 were Kutt Calhoun’s Black Gold, which peaked at #13 in March; Ces Cru’s Constant Energy Struggles, which hit #9 in April; Rittz’s The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, which reached #5 in May; Wrekonize’s The War Within, which peaked at #9 in July; and Mayday!’s Believers, which hit #11 in August, according to billboard.com.
Krizz Kaliko and Prozak are also slated to release albums on Strange Music in 2013. Krizz Kaliko’s Son Of Sam is scheduled for an August 27 release, while Prozak’s We All Fall Down is slated for a September 17 release.
Strange Music is a Lees Summit, Missouri-based label owned by Tech N9ne and Travis O’Guin.
Tech N9ne said during an interview with Best By Music Gear that he and O'Guin met at a fashion show where Tech was performing, and after sitting down and talking with each other, the two set out to launch the label together.
"I was doing a fashion show for some guys that Travis [O'Guin] was funding, Paradise Originals clothing," Tech N9ne said. "I performed a song called 'Planet Rock' [at the show] and I guess Travis was there, and right after that, they said he wanted to meet with me at his house. I went to his house. He said he was a big fan. [He asked] what [kind of support] did I need to do something really huge [in music]. I said a lot. He said [he] had a lot. The Strange Music…symbol came out of my head's. I'm a big Doors fan, [like the songs] 'People Are Strange,' 'Strange Days,' and it started like that."