Nigerian rapper and YBNL head Olamide has signed a venture deal with American music distribution and record label Empire Distribution.
Olamide took to his Twitter page to announce the deal in the late hours of February 18, 2020.
“Happy to announce that YBNL and Empire got a joint venture deal. Myself and Fireboy with any other act i sign next ready to shake the world.”
The San Francisco-based company also announced the deal on its own Twitter page:
“Nigeria going global 🇳🇬🌍 Excited to continue this journey with you and the YBNL family 🙏
@olamide_YBNL #Olamide #YBNL”
Many have often speculated that Olamide may not go international like some of his contemporaries, in spite of his immense talent and discography. This, critics often blame on his heavy reliance on the Yoruba language.
Olamide thanked his fans for not giving up on him:
“Big thanks to the fans for holding on for so long and believing.. switching it up n fvcking the world up is the motive. So make nobody fear when gobe start.”
Olamide also hinted that he and Fireboy DML each have an album coming on the way:
“Time to get to work and serve you guys new Baddo album and new Fireboy album 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 who’s ready ? #YBNLEMPIRE”
Companies and artists such as Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, SZA), Last Kings Records (Tyga), Taylor Gang Entertainment (Berner, Chevy Woods), Hustle Gang (T.I., B.o.B, Trae tha Truth), Bad Vibes Forever (XXXTentacion), have partnerships with EMPIRE.