NEW YORK, NY -- UTP/Atlantic recording artist Juvenile is set to hit the road this week for a string of performances for United States military service members. The itinerary follows the rapper across the Pacific in support of his latest #1-charting album, "REALITY CHECK."
Juvenile will kick off Bayfest Hawaii 2006 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu this Friday, June 30th. He will headline the festival's opening night, performing on the main stage at 9:15 p.m. The annual event, sponsored by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Ohana Hotels & Resorts, Hot 93.9 FM and KHVH News Radio 830 AM, will run from June 30th through July 4th and is open to both Marine personnel and the public. Other Bayfest Hawaii 2006 performers include Atlantic label mates Staind as well as Chris Cagle, Molly Hatchet, Trick Pony, and .38 Special.
From Hawaii, Juvenile will travel to South Korea for a handful of performances at United States Army Bases including Camp Casey, Yongsan Garrison, Camp Walker, Camp Red Cloud, and Camp Humphreys (see attached itinerary). Rap group YoungBloodZ will join Juvenile on four of the dates. The performances are all free events for Army personnel and ID holders only. South Korea has served as a major port for U.S. soldiers departing to and returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"REALITY CHECK" is Juvenile's first album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 and his fourth album to rank in the top ten. The collection also premiered at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking his second album to debut at #1 on the chart (following "THA G CODE" in 2000), and his fifth to hit the top five. "REALITY CHECK" features the urban radio smash hits "Rodeo" and "Way I Be Leanin'." His seventh solo album, "REALITY CHECK" marks the multi-platinum hip-hop star's first album through a long-term worldwide deal he and his UTP label inked with Atlantic Records in 2004.
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The #1 debut of "REALITY CHECK" marked a personal triumph for Juvenile on several fronts. His most fully realized musical expression to date, it not only marks his first album for Atlantic and his first-ever #1 on the Billboard 200, but it also marks his first album to be released since Hurricane Katrina devastated his native New Orleans last August. The foremost voice on his city's hip-hop scene, Juvenile was not home when the storm hit, but his house on Lake Pontchartrain was destroyed and he lost all of his possessions. Work on the album was delayed, while Juvenile joined the movement by the music community to support relief efforts. He subsequently wrote several new tracks for the album whose lyrics directly address the impact of Katrina.
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