DJ Quik and Coolio are scheduled to release new albums in January. Both artists are among a list of seasoned West Coast rappers who have signed to the new label Bungalo Records, which will be distributed by Universal. Suga Free, Hi-C, and Chill of Compton’s Most Wanted are also on the label’s roster.
The Bungalo structure will also include label deals for DJ Quik’s Euponic Records, and Quik’s partner Tony Lane’s Lane Way Records. “We’re changing the game at Bungalo,” says Paul Ring, Bungalo’s founder and CEO. “We view artists more as partners, which means they retain more creative and financial control of their records.”
DJ Quik’s last album, Balance & Options, released on Arista Records, peaked at Number Five on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.