A huge congrats are in order for fellow Chicago native and an artist we have long covered here at TheHipHopDemocrat, who also happens to be a personal favorite of ours for quite some time, The Boy Illinois. As Illi announced earlier today that he has inked a new major label deal with the historic Priority Records.
Most known for its historic run of releases from the 80s and 90s with albums from the likes of Ice Cube, N.W.A. and Ruthless Records Eazy-E & MC Ren, as well as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Master P and No Limit Records among others, the historic Los Angeles-based label was recently relaunched for the second time just last year by Westcoast veteran Fuzzy West. Thanks hugely in part to the renewed success of N.W.A.’s landmark Straight Outta Compton album. Which seen the huge boost in sales and popularity due to the release of the highly successful and critically-acclaimed N.W.A. biopic of the same name released in 2015.
One of the most iconic rap labels of all-time, which has sold millions of records worldwide and has always been an independently minded label, which let’s artists have their own independent thinking through a straight label deal with Priority or a distribution deal through their own labels. Priority is the perfect fit for the Chicago based emcee and his Born Leaders Inc. label, which Priority will distribute.
West had the following to say about The Boy Illinois in a press release from earlier today on the new deal, “The music and energy of The Boy Illinois fits Priority and we are excited he’s part of the distribution service. Great to partner up with a solid team. They are independent thinkers.”
Indeed and with Illi looking to become yet another one of the greats to walk the historic Priority building, they will hit the ground running in the next few weeks. As the press release also noted that he will be working with major producers such as Soundtraxx, Nascent Beats, JBravo and many more, in dedication to taking his music to the next level. With the first release from The Boy Illinois under the new deal set to be his new video, Dancing Like Diddy. Which will be released in early June.
The Boy Illinois joins elite company in becoming just the second Chicago act to secure such a deal. Joining legendary producer, The Legendary Traxster, who inked a distribution deal with Priority earlier this year for his own, Nothing But Dope imprint.
You can also look for The Boy Illinois performing at the Taste of Chicago 2017 on July 5th on the Bud Light Stage.