Hypnotized Mind camp recently inked a deal with Chris Lighty's company Violator and are now managed by the same company that handles such stars as Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Clipse and others.
"They were initially interested in doing a deal with Lil Whyte," 36 Mafia group member DJ Paul told AllHipHop.com. "He's sold over 100,000 Soundscanned copies of his album "Doubt Me Now", independent with no promotions. He's still doing 1500 copies a week and everyone is wondering how he did this, I even wonder. He hasn't gotten any promotion on the radio stations in Memphis and I just started running ads on him."
Through discussions about Lil Whyte, Violator big wigs inquired as to why 36 Mafia never received the proper push, yet still sold hundreds of thousands of records.
After realizing all of the acts were for the most part self managed, Violator offered to handle the careers of the Memphis based collective.
"The whole camp is going to be managed by Violator," Paul continued. "36, Frayser Boy, Project Pat and Lil Whyte."
Was Project Pat punished for his rap lyrics?Hopes are high that the incarcerated Project Pat (related story), who has been serving a 4 year sentence for violation of his probation since 2002, would be released before the end of the year to rejoin the group as they turn a new page in their rap careers.
A new album, "Crook By The Book" consisting of all new material by the rapper is being produced and prepared for release.
"They just moved him to a low security prison. He's in Missouri now, he was being held in Beaumont Texas. We are remixing the music, all the lyrics are sh*t he did before he went in. It's all unreleased sh*t, we are just redoing the music."
"Crook By The Book" is expected to hit stores later this year.