You can protest in the name of Rule #4080 all you want. Signing a record deal is still one of the pinnacles in the realm of Hip-Hop job security. Fans still clamor for albums and record labels are still essential in getting said albums out to the general public who can’t dig for themselves. Within a couple days of one another, some of the biggest acts in rap signed on the dotted line for more moohla, and the fans should expect (and demand) results by the end of the year.
G.O.O.D. Music Signs To Def Jam Records
Since its inception in 2004, Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint has pretty much been a label in theory as there was no definitive headquarters to bolster their distribution. Members such as KiD CuDi, Really Doe and Consequence all waved the flag with the angelic moniker but promotion amongst the albums varied as the communication likely did as well. Kanye’s been down with Def Jam Records since his rookie season and he’s finally brought his team full circle as they land a spot on the roster as well. Barry Weiss made the announcement today, praising ‘Ye for his unselfishness of helping foster new careers in the wake of his own monumental success.
Coincidentally, the news comes just as Big Sean is prepared to release his debut album, Finally Famous, on both conjoining labels. What makes the news even more interesting is… [Link]
Common Signs To Warner Bros. Records
The man born Lonnie Lynn was a staple on Universal Records for over a decade threading the lines of conscious and commercialism like few before him. Now, after a stint with G.O.O.D. Music that brought forth the best music of his career (say what you will about Universal Mind Control, the Be/Finding Forever one-two is tough to beat), he’s officially become a Warner Brother.
No word as of yet if he’s officially done recording with Kanye, but if he starts making music with Rick Ross (who also recently signed to the label) rap music may jump the shark in 2011, once and for all. [Link]
N.O.R.E. “shares plate of food, eats and breaks bread” With Busta Rhymes
And now, for some fat boy fresh news. While it was initially reported that Noreaga offered his quill and ink to the Conglomerate Record empire, Bussa Bus clarifies the situation as being more of “mi casa, su casa” venture above anything formal. No sense of fighting over crumbs since there won’t be any leftovers. [Link]