Penalty Records Set to Relaunch With eMC

Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin are back in the booth with a new deal with the historic hip hop label.

Posted: 06/09/2014 10:00 AM EDT
Filed Under Music News, eMC

Once the label home to classic NYC rap acts like The Beatnuts, Noreaga and CNN during the '90s, legendary record company Penalty Entertainment is looking to continue its legacy with its first music release since its relaunch this past January. Veteran rap collective eMC will put out their as-yet-untitled sophomore follow up to 2008's The Show LP on the historic label later this fall.

"Right now it's been a great thing for us because we've been doing it independently for so long, but we could only kick down so many doors," Wordsworth revealed during a sit down with BET.com. "When you have a Penalty and a Sony behind you, you actually get the music in some hands that you wouldn't necessarily get them into the hands of." 

eMC-group leader Masta Ace took point on the new venture, securing a deal with his M3 label, Penalty and Sony RED for distribution. Penalty has also recently picked up Lil Mo and Joell Ortiz.

"They had a mutual agreement upon, really, just putting out good music," Words continued "... We feel like this is going to mark a new turning point in our careers to embark onto bigger and better things."

The "better things" may just be one project away, as the group's latest single, "Charly Murphie," off their EP The Turning Point is picking up steam. The banger received a solid stamp of approval from the seasoned comedian it was named after.

"Charlie Murphy actually tweeted about the record on Twitter," says Punchline. "Talking about this song goes hard. This is that joint, so it's good to get that sign of approval from him." 

The Turning Point is on iTunes now.

Check out the video to see what Masta Ace says really inspired the "Charly Murphie" single.

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