It’s been a long road, but Red Café insists his debut album, Shakedown,will be out at the top of 2012. The Brooklyn MC has been grinding since the early 2000s, and since 2005, has consistently landed notable singles on New York radio.
First, there was “Bling Blaow,” then “Paper Touchin’ ” in 2008. A year later, Red broke out with “Da Hottest in Da Hood,” and in 2010, he dropped “I’m Ill” with Fabolous and “Money, Money, Money” with Diddy.
On Wednesday’s (October 19) edition of “RapFix Live,” Red assured his fans that thanks to his current deal with Bad Boy Records, the album is on its way.
“I’m working on the album now with the Bad Boy team. [Bad Boy President] Harve [Pierre] and Puff, they in there with me, giving that support that I need to make a great album that I’ll be proud of,” the MC told Sway on the “RFL” couch.
Throughout his career, the raspy-voiced spitter has been through a number of record deals, including a few with Trackmasters, one with Mack 10′s Hoo-Bangin’ and a one-shot deal with Koch Records, where he dropped a collaborative album with DJ Envy in 2007.
After a couple of failed ventures and still no solo album in site, Red took matters into his own hands. “At that point, I just felt like I needed to grab the wheel and have control of my own destiny, because I’m goin’ into these record companies, and I’m thinking it’s good, and it’s not really good,” Red explained. “A lot of it, I blame myself too, because as a young guy coming into the game, you think when you get the deal, that’s the victory.”
His current single, “Fly Together,” which features Rick Ross and Ryan Leslie, stands as an ode to independent women everywhere. If the growing popularity of the song is any indication, fans should have that LP in no time.
Until then, Red Café is remaining patient. “I was never frustrated,” he said of his musical journey. “I felt like my moment would come when it comes.”