Sky Balla Preps New Album From Prison (Audio)
Sky Balla Preps New Album From Prison (Audio) - By : Nima - July 26, 2012
A couple of years ago, Sky Balla seemed poised to become one of the leading figures in the Bay Area rap scene. DubCNN last caught up with him in 2008 for an exclusive interview in time for the release of his last release, "Tycoon Status", which spawned the singles "Mobbin' All Day" with San Quinn & E-40 and "California Soul" with The Game.
Known for his impressive collaborations with the who's who of the industry, Sky Balla's relentless grind took a big hit shortly after our interview with him. He got locked up in 2008 and has been incarcerated since.
Sky got his start as a member of The Gamblaz, as San Quinn's protege and he has worked with the likes of Fabolous, The Game, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, N.O.R.E., Cassidy, E-40, Capone, Slick Pulla, Stack Bundles, Mac Dre, Bleu Davinci just to name a few.
His grind took him many places outside of California, and for a while he was closely affiliated with both Dipset and G-Unit and was heavy on the mixtape scene, appearing on tapes from the likes of DJ Whoo Kid, Tapemasters Inc., Sickamore, Nu Jerzey Devil, Big Mike, September 7th, J. Armz, DJ Woogie, DJ Haze, DJ Rah2K, DJ Delz, DJ Wizkid, Digital Product and many more.
His album released prior to his incarceration, 2008’s “Tycoon Status” sold an impressive 5,000+ units even though as he put it in a letter written from behind bars “I was locked up 3 days before the release of my last album ‘Tycoon Status’. I was not able to promote it or market it the way I would have liked to. It still managed to sell 5,000 plus Soundscan CD's, which is better than some artists who had the whole year to promote”.
As he eagerly anticipates a late 2012 release from prison, Sky Balla will release a new album of unreleased material on September 4th 2012. The new project, appropriately titled "Tha Life I Cho$e" will drop via Endless Hustle Entertainment through EMPIRE Distribution and includes feature guest appearances from Fabolous, Game, 2Eleven of Young Jeezy’s CTE, Konvict Muzik artist Ya Boy a.k.a. YB The Rockstar, San Quinn, J-Diggs, Big Rich, Freck Billionaire, Dubee a.k.a. Sugawolf, Belly, Harm, Spyda D and Enoc. Production is handled by Dr. Dre protégé Focus, J-Money, Cozmo, Young Yonny, Matheo, Priceless and Trackaddict among others.
You can listen to the first leak off the album, "Balla Of Ballas" below:
Sky Balla - Balla Of Ballas (Audio)
Until he is back on the streets $ky Balla has a few words and a gift for his loyal supporters, “I wanna thank everyone who played a role in keeping my music lit and my name ringing”.
In an effort to reach out to his loyal fans and also to keep himself relevant while he is away, $ky Balla is giving away Free Downloads of his 1st three albums, “Mobb Report”, “Tycoon Status” and “Confe$$ion$ Of A Ballaholic”. The albums can be downloaded by visiting Balla’s Twitter page at @TheRealSkyBalla and his Facebook.
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