THE GOLDEN X!

The project, under the name of The Golden State Project, also features Ras Kas and Saafir...

Rising rap star XZIBIT will release a new album later this year under the aegis of side project THE GOLDEN STATE PROJECT, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM last week, hours before his London show at the Subterania, the star, who has sold over one million copies of current album ‘Restless’ in the US, also revealed the album would appear through his own label imprint Open Bar Entertainment.

“Ras Kas, Saafir and myself make up The Golden State Project, and we’re just gonna release this winter. The album’s called ‘The Coast Is Clear’ and we’re gonna be touring for the rest of this year,” he explained, adding, “Open Bar Entertainment is a record label that I started last year. We’re definitely just getting our feet wet, as far as the corporate side of things goes, but we got a good team around us and, you know, as far as groups we got The Golden State Project, we got Defari signed and that’s basically it.”

Open Bar Entertainment is an imprint of Xzibit’s parent label, Loud Records. The deal between the two is understood to be similar to that between Def Jam and Jay-Z’s Roc-a-fella Records, with Loud putting up the bulk of investment needed and financing initial recording, video and marketing costs.

Xzibit will be joining OutKast in supporting Eminem on his UK tour, calling at Manchester Evening News Arena (February 8) and London Docklands Arena (9 & 10).

The Xzibit interview will be broadcast in full next week on NME.COM.