Monday, February 12, 2007

Rap duo 2XL's debut to be released Feb. 20


Rap Duo, Bennett “Laze” and Justin “Royal” Talmage Armstrong of 2XL, are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated debut album, “Neighborhood Rapstar,” which will be released on February 20, 2007. Independently released under Tommy Boy Entertainment, an icon in the hip-hop and dance music genres and one of the first labels to successfully launch and market hip-hop acts to mainstream America, “Neighborhood Rapstar,” not only chronicles their struggles but their triumphs as well.

Showcasing their lyrical talents through a 14-track masterpiece which features collaborations with other young emerging artists (Candy Hill, Ak’sent, and Na’Shay), “Neighborhood Rapstar” is the story of two brothers who overcame adversity, using their common love for music to bring their fans a sonically powered album. With writing and production credits on every record, the album also boasts production and co-production credits with hit makers such as Scott Storch, Mr. DJ, The Co-Stars, French, Greg Charley, Audio Assassins, Juggernauts and Key Players.

The album’s buzz single, “Kissing Game,” released last summer, set the stage for a major debut with a tremendous amount of airplay in key markets such as Houston, Detroit, Minneapolis and California, followed by their first official and self-produced single, “Kitty Kat” featuring rap legend, E-40, which is currently burning up the charts across the country. In addition, industry insiders have been raving about the group’s soon to be released second single, the Scott Storch produced “Magic City” featuring newcomers Candy Hill which promises to be a smash hit. Other album favorites include the somber “The Chapters”, produced by Audio Assassins, which chronicles their tumultuous lives over a chilling piano and drum-driven beat, on “The Hustle’s Gone” produced by Mr. DJ, E-40 returns with his signature standout, lyrical flow, while “Mama Of Mine” produced by French, is a tribute to their mother who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996.

Songwriting since the age of ten, 2XL, is emerging as the next generation of superstars to capture the spotlight. Business smarts, street savvy with a determination to succeed, Laze and Royal, have one goal in mind: to be the next young, hip hop superstar entertainers they admire, such as Mobb Deep, Ying Yang Twins and the legendary rap duo, Outkast. Six years in the making, 2XL, is ready to share their story with the world.

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