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KURUPT TO SHINE BRIGHT WITH STREETLIGHTS ON APRIL 20th NEW 4:20 MIXTAPE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW

KURUPT TO SHINE BRIGHT WITH STREETLIGHTS ON APRIL 20th NEW 4:20 MIXTAPE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW

Dogg Pound affiliate gangster-rapper extraordinaire and former Death Row franchise player Kurupt has announced plans for his fourth studio album entitled Streetlights set for an April 20th release on Kurupt?s own Penagon Records along with Fontana/Universal Records. This is the West Coast veteran?s first solo studio album since 2001?s Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey.

The album owes its thematic content to the silent sentinels that illuminate roads and corners in every neighborhood and the stories they would tell if given the proper medium. ?I was looking outside at the streetlights just gleaming,? Kurupt says. ?My whole life was just passing me by and the streetlights were just passing me by. There?s so much real life footage that you would capture — all kinds of stuff passes by one light. Each one, if they had a camera, would depict a different aura of life.?

Streetlights features a more reflective Kurupt backed almost entirely by the musical talents of versatile up-and-coming producer Terrace Martin (Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, DJ Quik, Raphael Saadiq, MURS) and is rounded out with production by Pete Rock and Lil? Jon. Features include appearances by Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Problem and DJ Quik. What results is a body of work more profound than any of the rapper?s previous works.

Kurupt first turned heads back in 1992 with a dazzling display of wit and grit on Dr. Dre?s The Chronic and then again on Snoop Dogg?s classic Doggystyle. Kurupt would later apply this same trademark as one half of the notorious Dogg Pound on their double-platinum debut Dogg Food in 1995 before serving up his solo-debut Kuruption! in 1998. This album would serve as a catalyst to a 20-year career of features, collaborations and other projects with the who?s-who of West Coast music.

Last year, the rapper released his celebrated collaborative effort BlaQKout with multi-platinum recording artist DJ Quik. Pairing Kurupt’s brutal lyricism with Quik?s eccentric soundscapes, the low-profile sleeper appeared in ?Best of 2009? lists everywhere from the New York Times to Pitchfork Media to the Washington Post.

Led by the first single “I’m Burnt” featuring Problem, the album will be prefaced by Tha 4:20 Mixtape available for download on

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