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Former Roc-A-Fella rapper Beanie Sigel has joined the long-list of celebrities that have gotten themselves in trouble with the IRS. The Philly rapper has been sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion.

While many believed Beans had no means of income, Beanie is the first first artist signed to the relaunched Ruffhouse Records. Their CEO Chris Schwartz is standing firmly behind his flagship artist.

Although Beans is headed back to the slammer, an album of his will be released this August. Beanie’s upcoming album is called This Time and is the first to benefit from the distribution partnership between the legendary Ruffhouse Records and EMI Label Services. The first single from This Time, “The Reunion,” is slated to hit radio this week.

As for the label’s stance on Beanie’s legal drama, Chris Schwartz said:

“We’re extremely proud to be re-launching Ruffhouse Records with Beanie Sigel as our first artist. His sentencing today doesn’t change any of that in the least. Regardless of this unfortunate situation, Beanie has created a tremendous body of work that is totally worthy of the Ruffhouse name. It’s almost ironic this is happening on the eve of this record, because this record is about introspection and redemption. Beanie is truly one of the great lyricists in the hip-hop game. He stands tall among all the major MCs and is revered by hip-hop aficionados around the world.”

Ruffhouse Records is known for launching the careers of Lauryn Hill, Kriss Kross, and Cypress Hill, to name a few. Do you think Beanie Sigel can bring the label to its former glory when he gets out of prison?

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