Beanie Sigel is releasing a new album Still Public Enemy soon, but it might cost you if you want to get it.
Beans has been hard at work on his upcoming album which borrows its title from his classic 2004 mixtape Public Enemy #1. Back then the mixtape might have cost you around $7 at your favorite hood spot, while albums like The B. Coming that followed were around $12.99.
Fast forward to now, it’s a struggle to get people to buy one song for a dollar. Thanks to streaming, people can get millions of songs at their fingertips for just $10 a month.
Beans sounds unfazed by this news though. Because he feels that he still has a fanbase that is willing to pay top dollar for new music from him. That’s why the “Broad Street Bully” not only chose to make the Still Public Enemy project an album instead of mixtape, and will probably be charging $30 for it when it drops.
He explains in an interview with XXL:
Me and Jhalil Beats, we’re still working on that Still Public Enemy project. By the time we got to the fourth record, I said, “I’m not giving this out. I got to do an album. I got to make them pay for this.” This worthy of paying and I swear when I drop, I be telling my people, “I’m selling my joint for $29.99.” I’m not going on there for $9.99. True hip-hop fans are going to spend that $30. That’s how I’m doing it. I’m marking my price up. Some people are going to get it, some people are not. But I remember what Rakim said a long time ago. “Let others go first so the brothers don’t miss.” So y’all live, do y’all and I’m going to do me. The dude that love Beanie Sigel, they are going to rush out there to spend a little $30.