06.16.09, a day marked with symbolism and remembrance for one of the greatest Hip Hop icons, the birthday of Tupac Shakur, will also serve as breaking ground for one of the most anticipated rap albums on the West Coast. Following last year's successful underground release of “The Street Album,” which debuted at #91 on Billboard Top 100 - the Jacka will debut his 3rd solo album entitled Tear Gas (Artist Records/SMC) this summer.
2008 was an exceptional year for the Jacka that included a #1 single on Bay Area radio stations and an Ozone Award. This was just a preview of what was to come in 2009, the Jacka is ready to take over the nation with his biggest release to date. Tear Gas is being dubbed this year's blockbuster album, featuring a host of Hip Hop favorites from coast to coast. Appearances include Freeway, Paul Wall, Cormega, E-40, Devin the Dude, and Mistah F.A.B. - with Production from 12 different producers including RobLo, Traxamillion, and Bedrock to create a feel all his own. The first single “Glamorous Lifestyle,” with it's commanding horns, Jacka's signature melodic flow and cult favorite Andre Nickatina is nothing short of stellar. Other highlighted tracks include the album's opener, “Summer,” the Mistah F.A.B assisted "Callin' Me Back" and “They Don't Know” featuring Freeway.
The hype surrounding this project has created a lane to put the Jacka at the top of the industry spotlight. XXL.com joins in on the Jacka excitement, “He's ambitious on his tracks and brings you into his world to make you feel his mood just like 50 in his heyday". - Infamous O. Will Bronson, VP of A&R-SMC Recordings, chimes in, "Jacka is one of the most important artists to our region right now. The anticipation for Tear Gas is three years in the making and if I can say one thing to those who have been waiting- the hype is real. He delivered the album you've been waiting for".
Jacka agrees, "It's my best work so far… For hella different reasons. If you're into good music and like to tune all the way in, Tear Gas is one of the dopest, if not THE dopest shit to come out".
As the West Coast eagerly awaits this release, the chaos has already caused industry warnings - it's about to blow.
“Glamorous Lifestyle,” the first single off the album, will be available for download and ringtones May 3rd. Please find the single and album cover attached.