Miami, FL -- The dynamic duo of Cool & Dre has produced multi platinum hits for The Game, 50 Cent, Fat Joe and Ja Rule. Three years later, upon creating their own label, Epidemic Records, Cool and Dre have inked a deal with Skeleton Key Entertainment/EMI’s Imperial Records. Imperial Records will provide distribution and label services such as promotions, marketing, on line marketing and publicity for the Epidemic Records’ album, Misery Loves Company by Cool and Dre’s premier artist, Joe Hound. "We're really excited about this Joe Hound project and about us being in business with Imperial,” said Cool. “It's the beginning of a long lasting relationship. Epidemic and Imperial are going to take it all the way to the top." Dre, agreed and added, “This is one of the best deals we've done in our career.”
This is the album Miami has been waiting for with anticipation building more and more each day. The album Misery Loves Company is chock full of life lessons and missed opportunities, scattered with detailed musical bits and pieces of Joe Hound’s rise as an emcee, while simultaneously describing his life as a common street hustler. Born in Miami and raised on the heartless streets of Liberty City, Joe Hound has been a star for the majority of his life. He briefly attended Bethune Cookman on a basketball scholarship but before he could familiarize himself with college life, Hound was forced to return home due to family responsibilities. Ironically, while he was going through all this his childhood friend Andre Lyon (Dre of Cool & Dre), was making noise in the streets as a budding producer. A chance meeting in a recording studio provided the opportunity for them to rekindle their friendship and collaborate on a number of musical projects, an album created strictly for the streets, Stressed Out, Lost and Confused and two mix tapes, one hosted by Miami’s premier DJ, DJ Khaled. Now with the new Imperial Records/Skeleton Key Entertainment deal, their latest project is produced entirely by the Grammy nominated production team of Cool & Dre, Misery Loves Company, sparked by “She Likes It,” the radio friendly lead single.
Neil Levine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Imperial Records comments, “Imperial is pleased with our association with Skeleton Key and Epidemic Records,” “With Cool and Dre’s magic touch Joe Hounds’ album is filled with catchy hooks as well as profound lyrics. We’re looking for some big things from Joe Hound in 07.” Joe Hound is also thrilled to be working with an innovative independent distributor such as Imperial. "It's been a great experience,” Joe Hound says about joining Imperial Records. “They take care of our needs. It's been a really professional relationship. They give us opportunities to do whatever we want because they let us control our own music. You can't ask for anything more than that." With more than enough heat from Cool and Dre on the production side and Misery Loves Company Joe Hound still finds time to tell his unique story, Joe Hound has finally arrived.