SOURCE: KOCH Records

March 23, 2007 16:18 ET

KOCH Records Officially Announces the Signing of Esteemed Lyricist Styles P

New Album, "5 Star General," Slated for Release in July 2007

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2007 -- KOCH Records is thrilled to announce the addition of Styles P to its burgeoning hip-hop roster.

Styles P, accomplished solo MC, member of pioneering Hip Hop trio The Lox and one of rap's most highly respected lyricists, is gearing up for the Summer 2007 release of "5 Star General." In additon to creating some of the hardest, lyrically driven hip-hop anthems, Styles shares Co-CEO duties for D-Block Records, the label created by Styles and lifelong friends, Sheek Louch and Jadakiss.

Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss are members of The Lox, the Yonkers-based group who were at one time the backbone of Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy label. Hired as writers, the trio wrote and performed on Comb's "I Got The Power," and "It's All About the Benjamins," Mase's "24 Hrs. to Live," the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Last Day," Mary J. Blige's "Can't Get You Off My Mind," and many others. The Lox released their debut album "Money, Power & Respect" in 1998; it reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. To date, The Lox has sold 1.7 million albums.

Styles released his debut solo album in 2002 titled "A Gangster and a Gentleman," which featured the smash hit, "Good Times (I Get High)" and sold an impressive 700,000 units. In 2005, he released two stand-alone mixtapes, "Ghost in the Shell" and "Ghost in the Machine." In 2006 Interscope released P's sophomore solo effort "Time Is Money" after nearly a three and a half-year delay.

Styles recently announced the deal during a recent interview on Angie Martinez' show on New York's Hot 97. Says Styles about this new venture, "I look forward to embarking on this exciting new phase of my career along side KOCH Records, a company best known for their unyielding interest in supporting the vision of the artist. It feels good to be a part of a team that appreciates hip hop in its truest form. I am ecstatic about being in control of my own destiny."

KOCH Records General Manager and Executive VP Alan Grunblatt adds, "Styles is THE perfect KOCH Urban artist. He has a huge fanbase and is ready to go to the next level. We are absolutely thrilled to have him."

For more on Styles P, click on www.MySpace.com/StylesP.

About KOCH Records

KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last six years (2001-2006). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com.

Contact Information