New Releases: Birdman, Corey Clark, Keyshia Cole, Offspring, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & More

Also out this week are albums by Clutch, Eric Benét and Patti LaBelle.

His new album doesn’t hit stores for almost two months, but Kanye West is already making his presence felt in record stores. The rapper/producer’s skills are featured on new albums from three R&B, soul and hip-hop up-and-comers this week.

West produced “I Changed My Mind,” the first single from R&B newcomer Keyshia Cole’s debut album, The Way It Is. Cole, who also enlisted jailed MC Shyne for the track, had once gotten her musical tutelage from none other than MC Hammer. For soul singer Leela James, Kanye collaborated on a pair of tracks on her debut album, A Change Is Gonna Come. James, who defines her sound as “back-porch soul,” also worked with Raphael Saadiq and Wyclef Jean on the disc. North Carolina-bred hip-hop trio Little Brother, meanwhile, got a nod from West on “I See Now,” a track off The Chittlin Circuit 1.5.

Out Tuesday, June 21:

  • All Good Funk Alliance – On the One (Sunswept)
  • Amici Forever – Defined (RCA Victor)
  • Eric Benét – Hurricane (Reprise)
  • B.G. – Life After Cash Money: Chopped and Screwed (Koch)
  • Birdman – Fast Money (Universal Motown)
    Read: “Baby Keeps It Down-Bottom With Fast Money
  • Tracy Bonham – Blink the Brightest (Rounder)
  • Boom Bap Project – Reprogram (Rhymesayers)
  • Boyz N da Hood – Boyz N da Hood (Bad Boy)
  • Wade O. Brown – All Night, All Love (Groove United/33rd Street)
  • Laura Cantrell – Humming by the Flowered Vine (Matador)
  • Chicago Blues Harmonica Project – Diamonds in the Rough (Severn)
  • Cintron – Back in the Day (Ark 21)
  • Corey Clark – Corey Clark (Bungalo)
    Read: “Corey Clark Nabs Scott Storch, Peas Members For His ‘Hot To Death’ LP”
  • Clutch – Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT Entertainment)
  • Keyshia Cole – The Way It Is (A&M/Interscope)
    Read: “Keyshia Cole Has Kanye, Shyne On LP, Proof That Stalking MC Hammer Pays Off”
  • Billy Corgan – The Future Embrace (Reprise)
  • DBG’Z – P’hissed Off! (Bungalo)
  • Down to the Bone – Spread Love Like Wildfire (Narada)
  • Dredg – Catch Without Arms (Interscope)
    Read: “Stone Age Success Means Brighter Future For Prog-Rockers Dredg”
  • Dropkick Murphys – The Warrior’s Code (Epitaph)
  • Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Communion Bread (Funzalo)
  • Eldissa – What a Difference … Disco Meets Acoustic Lounge (Le Maquis/Dreyfus)
  • Evergreen Terrace – Sincerity Is an Easy Disguise in This Business (Eulogy)
  • Foreign Born – In the Remote Woods (EP, StarTime International)
  • Gothminister – Empire of Dark Salvation (Dancing Ferret)
  • John Hiatt – Master of Disaster (New West)
  • Chris Hillman – The Other Side (Sovereign Artists)
  • Leela James – A Change Is Gonna Come (Warner Bros.)
  • Mark Knopfler – One Take Radio Sessions (EP, Warner Bros.)
  • Patti LaBelle – Classic Moments (Def Jam)
  • Left Alone – Lonely Starts & Broken Hearts (Epitaph)
  • Little Brother – The Chittlin Circuit 1.5 (Koch)
  • Lost Boyz – Forever (Contango)
  • Luca – You Win Again (Funzalo)
  • Master P – Ghetto Bill: The Best Hustler in the Game (Koch)
  • Mayday – Bushido Karaoke (Saddle Creek)
  • Me’Shell Ndegeocello Presents the Spirit Music Jamia – Dance of the Infidel (Shanachie)
  • Method Man Presents Street Life – Street Education (X-Ray)
  • Stina Nordenstam – The World Is Saved (V2)
  • The Offspring – Greatest Hits (Sony)
  • Ol’ Dirty Bastard – The Definitive Ol’ Dirty Bastard Story (Rhino)
  • On Broken Wings – It’s All a Long Goodbye (Eulogy)
  • David Poe – Love Is Red (The LAB)
  • Prodigal Sunn – Return of the Prodigal Sunn (Free Agency/Godz Inc.)
  • Ra – Duality (Universal)
  • Ratchets – Heart of Town EP (Hell Bent)
  • Redwalls – De Nova (Capitol)
    Read: “Redwalls Bring The Sound Of Liverpool To Lake Michigan”
  • Sasha – Fundacion NYC (Global Underground)
  • Special Generation – Take It to the Floor (reissue, Bungalo)
  • Al Stewart – A Beach Full of Shells (Appleseed)
  • Stutterfly – And We Are Bled of Color (Maverick)
  • Télépopmusik – Angel Milk (Capitol)
  • Kevin Toney – 110 Degrees and Rising (Shanachie)
  • Trini – Like No Other (reissue, Empire)
  • The Vanity Project – The Vanity Project (Flagship)
  • Gene Watson – Then and Now (Koch)
  • Matthew West – History (Universal South)
  • Wiggles – Sailing Around the World (Koch)
  • Without Gravity – Tenderfoot (One Little Indian)
  • Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice – XIAO (Troubleman Unlimited)
  • Various artists – Bam Margera Presents: Viva la Bands (456 Enterprises)
    Read: “Skater Bam Margera’s Latest Trick: Making Bands Blow Up”
  • Various artists – Instrumental Icons: Music of Lil Jon (Fastlife)
  • Various artists – Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime (Cornerstone)
  • Various artists – Ultimate Trance Remixed (Water Music)
  • Various artists – “Herbie Fully Loaded” soundtrack (Hollywood)
  • Various artists – “My Summer of Love” soundtrack (Milan)
  • Various artists – “Rize” soundtrack (Social Capital)
  • DVD: “Foo Fighters: Guardian Angels” (Chrome Dreams)
  • DVD: “Placebo: Androgyny” (Chrome Dreams)
  • DVD: Blindside – “Ten Years Running Blind” (DRT Entertainment)
  • DVD: Cruxshadows – “Shadowbox” (Dancing Ferret)
  • DVD: Kool Keith – “Global Enlightenment Part 1″ (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD: Lamb of God – “Killadelphia” (Epic)
  • DVD: Sarah Jane Morris – “In Concert” (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD: Ian Parker – “Whilst the Wind: Live” (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD: Various artists – “Metalmania 2004″ (Music Video Distributors)

June 28:

July 5:

  • R. Kelly – TP3 Reloaded (Sony)
  • Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Various artists – “Fantastic Four” soundtrack (Wind-Up)

July 12:

  • All-American Rejects – Move Along (Interscope)
  • Black Dahlia Murder – Miasma (Metal Blade)
  • Bow Wow – Wanted (Sony)