Big Pooh Readies Full-Length Debut, ‘Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1′
On the new LP, which will be a digital-only release, the Virginia native secured several features from artists including Kendrick Lamar, Glasses Malone, T3 of Slum Village, Madlib and Carlitta Durand, who offered up her vocals for the album's lead single, 'Freebasin,' which was released in late February.
Pooh will release the album through his own label, Members Only Inc., which he founded after parting ways with fellow Little Brother rapper Phonte, in 2010.
"I just felt like it was time for me to finally branch out and not only concentrate on building my own brand but also assist in hopefully helping someone else live out their dream," Big Pooh explained in a statement. "For Members Only Inc signifies a special club -- an exclusive membership where talent is key but focus, drive, and work ethic reign supreme. HOJ [Hall of Justus] will always be the foundation and play a part in my career, but the design was for us all to one day become our own bosses and this is the next step in that process for me."
Big Pooh released 'The Purple Tape' street compilation in January 2010. In March, DJ Booth and Statik Selektah released a short preview of 'Fat Boy Fresh Vo1. 1,' in an extended track featuring 14 of the 19 songs from the upcoming album. Big Pooh's sophomore album 'Dirty Pretty Things,' is slated for release in late 2011.
Hear the full CD at AOL's Listening Party here. Check out the tracklist for 'Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1: For Members Only' below:
1. 'Zone Out'
2. 'Get It In'
3. 'State of the Union' featuring T3 Slum Village
4. 'Special' featuring No One, Chevy Jones
5. 'HVAC (Heating VA and Carolina)' featuring Nottz, Joe Scudda
6. 'Fortune & Fame' featuring Glasses Malone, Focus, Kida
7. 'Wooden Wall Silverware'
8. 'Let It Be' featuring Chaundon
9. 'I'm the Man' featuring Joe Scudda
10. 'Freebasin'' featuring Carlitta Durand
12. 'Access' featuring Parker, Jozeemo, Choklate
13. 'RapperPooh-a-laude' featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-soul