Akon announced the alliance by presenting the emcee with a Konvict Music chain at last Sunday's (June 3) Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, proclaiming "He's gonna bring New York back!"
Red, who has collaborated with a long list of hip-hop heavyweights including Fabolous, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri, among others, has also earned a reputation throughout the industry as a formidable ghost-writer, having penned lyrics for many of hip-hop's elite including Diddy and Busta Rhymes hit, "Pass The Courvoisier."
The rapper is also said to be putting the finishing touches on his debut LP, The Shakedown, which is slated to be released sometime later this year on Shakedown/Konvict Music. The disc will reportedly feature guest appearances from Akon, Tyrese, Remy Ma, Fabolous and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The album's production is said to be handled by Nottz, Akon, Green Lantern and the Trackmasters, among others.