Mark Ronson Signs D.C. Rapper Wale
Ronson's own album, Version, has just reached gold status, having sold over 500,000 copies worldwide. The effort features the former Roc-A-Fella affiliate's own interpretations of songs from bands including Coldplay, The Smiths and Radiohead, including a posthumous appearance from Ol' Dirty Bastard, who Ronson was working with at the time of his death. "I just made this record 'cause I wanted to make it," said the producer of the inspiration. "I've always been a fan of Radiohead and The Smiths, from splitting my childhood between New York and England. I just thought that it'd be cool to take those songs...you can't always drop a Smiths song in the middle of a Hip Hop set in a New York City club. It's wrong, and it'll clear the floor. I thought I'd just start reworking those songs in a way I could play them for my crowd when I deejay." The album was a serious departure from 2003's Here Comes The Fuzz, which helped introduce Saigon and Rhymefest to commercial audiences.