Rapsody has overnight announced the news that she has been signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company, making her the first female rapper ever to join their roster. She reportedly made the announcement while performing at this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, an event coincidentally being streamed live on Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service.
Despite her career as a performing artist stretching back almost a decade, the North Carolina rapper had never been signed to a major label. After making huge waves and a name for herself in the hip-hop community after a stellar turn on Kendrick Lamar’s Complexion (A Zulu Love) from To Pimp A Butterfly though, her star has been on the rise. She announced earlier this year that she would be releasing a follow-up to her 2012 album Idea Of Beautiful by the end of 2016.
Rapsody posted the news to Instagram herself and the announcement was also confirmed by Rapsody’s current label Jamla, its founder 9th Wonder also taking to his own Instagram to toast new beginnings. Young Guru from Roc Nation also offered up his own welcome to Rapsody and Jamla via Twitter.
To new beginnings….. #WelcometoJamRoc @jamlarecords is the squad….. @rocnation is the family……. A photo posted by 9th Wonder (@9thwonder) on
— Young Guru (@Young_Guru) July 16, 2016
Few details regarding the arrangements of the deal are available at this time, but judging from the use of the portmanteau ‘JamRoc’ in every post there appears to be some joint agreement between the two labels.
Roc Nation is home to several female artists including Rihanna, HAIM and Grimes, but Rapsody is their very first female rapper. Her signing is yet another step forward for the female voice in hip-hop; a voice that just grew a whole lot louder now that one of the genre’s best up-and-coming artists is signed to one of its biggest labels.
Image: @Rapsody (Instagram)