Beanie Sigel

BEANIE SIGEL, the former Roc-A-Fella (Jay-Z) star and one of the greatest lyricists and most revered rappers in the game, has returned with his long-awaited album, THIS TIME, and is kicking off a limited concert tour in New York City tonight at S.O.B.’s, as part of a whirlwind promotional tour to do his best to provide for his family while serving a federal prison to serve a two-year sentence for income tax evasion, starting Sept. 12.

Two weeks prior to the date the “Broad Street Bully” is set to report to jail, the album will be released worldwide (Aug. 28) on the newly revived Ruffhouse Records in a new distribution deal with EMI Label Services. In addition to the four-city concert tour, Sigel also will also do a national TV performance with his fellow Philly compatriates The Roots on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The first single, “The Reunion,” which brings together his State Property group Omillio Sparks, Young Chris, PeediCrakk and Freeway and samples Sly & the Family Stone’s “You Can Make It If You Try,” is getting huge response and airplay in its first radio week at major urban stations like Hot 97/New York, Power 99/Philadelphia, WPWX/Chicago, and Sirius Shade 45 and Hip Hop Nation.


BEANIE SIGEL understands pressure. Hailing from South Philadelphia’s rough and tumble 21st and Sigel streets, “Beans” emerged as one of the game’s most revered rappers and even while facing the type of hardships that would break most artists, the Broad Street Bully has always excelled in the studio. All throughout the month of August and into September, Beans will be touring across America and doing whatever it takes to promote the record and provide for his family while he’s gone.

"I'm taking it one day at a time, another day above ground, you know," Sigel tells SOHH in a new interview. "I'm good. [I'm trying to do] everything. I'm an artist. So I'm doing both [working and spending family time.] I'm doing everything I can do to push this album and spend as much time as I can with my family at the same time."

With his mounting legal troubles, the former Roc-A-Fella star only had a few weeks to record his latest work, but THIS TIME is filled with the same street-inspired jewels that have made Beans so beloved throughout his career.

MTV’s RapFix Live is keeping up with Beanie by rolling out a three-part webisode special titled "Man to Man." In Episode 1, Beanie receives words of wisdom and encouragement to push forward from civil rights activist Dr. Ben Chavis, who says Beanie represents “the power of this generation.” THIS TIME, a record about introspection and redemption, contains 11 tracks including a guest appearance by global pop star Akon on “That’s All I Know.” The album, produced by Beanie Sigel & Alex “Don Cheegro” Chiger, is filled with the same street-inspired jewels that have made “Beans” so beloved throughout his career, and leaves listeners with one crucial lesson: to never give up.

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