You read the headline correctly, Sumerian Records has just announced the signing of Bizzy Bone. The Grammy Award winning rapper and singer is best known for his work with the hip-hop group Bone Thugs N Harmony. His new album Crossroads 2010 is supposedly a fusion of hip-hop and rock, featuring appearances from Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria, Devin Oliver of I See Stars, Jonny Craig of Emarosa and many more.
Even with the special appearances and rock influence, this still is a weird addition to Sumerian Record’s roaster, which mainly consists of hardcore acts. It looks like our friends at Metal Sucks are going to have to redefine the “Sumeriancore” term genre they coined. Sumerian Records’ founder Ash Avildsen had the following to say:
“It’s true and the album is incredible! Anyone who has closely followed the label knows that we have never been one dimensional in the bands we have signed and the records we have released. While we have been making a meaningful impact on the current state of heavy music, the true theme to Sumerian has always been about progressive music, not just metal. Bizzy Bone is one of the most progressive vocalists I have ever heard! Known in his genre for being the fastest yet the most melodic, the most technical yet the most harmonic, the marks Bizzy has left in music are something I will always love. The fact that Bizzy and Bone Thugs all booked one way Greyhound tickets to LA and lived on the streets until they were able to get discovered and signed is true artist dedication to their craft. This same spirit is something that has allowed many Sumerian bands to organically build their careers and achieve their dreams.”
You can go to the rapper’s MySpace page to check out tour dates and the cover artwork to his new album, as well as to hear previews of the album’s songs.