July 08, 2008 16:06 ET

KOCH Records Enters New Deal With Black Hand Entertainment

First Release Coming This Fall From Queens Rapper Grafh

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - KOCH Records announces a new deal with Chaz Williams and his Black Hand Entertainment.

The first release under this new deal will be the new album by New York rapper and Black Hand Entertainment President Grafh. He is set to release "The Evolution," on Black Hand Entertainment/KOCH Records this fall.

KOCH Records General Manager Alan Grunblatt says, "All of us here at KOCH Records are absolutely thrilled to be working with Grafh, he is truly a great New York artist. This is the first big record we are doing via Black Hand and Chaz Williams. Chaz and I are pardners!"

Black Hand Entertainment CEO Chaz Williams adds, "KOCH Records has been at the forefront of indie music for some time. This is the perfect climate for what we do at Black Hand as an independent movement."

The first single from Grafh's "The Evolution," "Like Ohh," can be heard on urban radio now. Grafh says, "'Like Ohh' is the first in a succession of singles leading up to the release of my first commercial album, 'The Evolution.' It's the perfect summer street record that recognizes the change in the climate of the music industry."

The track is getting great reaction and attention from Mixshow radio as this past July 4th jump off weekend proved. New York's Hot 97 played the track 30 times during the weekend alone! Look for the "Like Ohh" remix featuring Busta Rhymes to hit radio shortly.

Click here to check out the hit single "Like Ohh:"

Grafh acquired an early buzz on the mixtape circuit, and received early support from mixshow DJs in New York, and elsewhere. However, long before the public recognized his skill, lyrical finesse, and consistency, he became the flagship artist of Black Hand Entertainment, and his previous background at St John's University eventually qualified him for double duty as president at the indie label Black Hand Entertainment.

Grafh's songs have been heard on HBO's "Entourage," Fox's "Meth and Red," BET's "Ultimate Hustler" and numerous video games, including EA Sport's "NFL Streets," "Saint's Row," and "25 to Life."

About KOCH Entertainment

KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twenty-second year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada. Its record label KOCH Records is the # 1 independent label in the U.S. and had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for seven years in a row (2001 - 2007). KOCH Entertainment is a subsidiary of Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker symbol "ETO.L").

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