Whoa! Black Rob Signs to Duck Down, New LP Due in 2011

    OK, I get it, that joke is ridiculously old at this point. But hey, it’s not my fault that “Whoa!” is Black Rob’s most recognizable and biggest hit. Hell, it’s still actually a kind of hot track so calm down. Anyway, it appears that Rob, who ended his four-year prison sentence in May, has signed to independent hip-hop label Duck Down. The typically hardcore rap-friendly label will release his first album since 2005’s The Black Rob Report. He’s calling his third record Game Tested and Street Approved and had the following to say about it:

    “The people have been asking for true Hip-Hop music, and that’s what I’m giving them,” Black Rob stated. “I stayed away from features. I’ve been away for 4 joints, so I feel the people deserve to hear me. When I came home, I went right to work, and didn’t have time to reach out to cats. On my next project you will get that. As for producers, I have some up-and-coming cats on there. I believe in giving cats a chance. As far as named producers you may hear a joint or two from Buckwild, Self Service, Bishop, Scram Jones and Pete Rock.”

    Game Tested and Street Approved is due out in 2011. Black Rob will make his first appearance as a Duck Down artist at the label’s CMJ showcase Oct. 19 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.