I’ve been looking forward to the day that I could announce this for almost 4 years now.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
Mark you calenders. Or update your google calender. Or something.
Enjoy the Press Release below & read up on our label deal with Empire Distribution:
OHIO RAPPER ILL POETIC SIGNS LABEL DEAL WITH EMPIRE DISTRIBUTION, PREPS NEW PROJECT FOR FALL 2012 RELEASE
Ill Poetic, the prolific Ohio emcee/producer, has joined forces with EMPIRE Distribution, signing a digital distribution deal for his Definition Music imprint. On October 16, 2012 he will release his new EP Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement via this Definition Music/Empire Distribution platform.
Hip-Hop fans may recognize the name Ill Poetic from his recently buzzed-about video “Gone”, though others may remember him for his 2007 national debut The World is Ours. A lot has happened in five years, as Ill Poetic kept busy expanding his sound and reach. He went on to create 3 mash-up records (gaining national acclaim from sources such as Portishead and elite media outlets), and production under such national acts as Slum Village, Illogic & Blitz the Ambassador, as well as sound-design and score an award-winning independent film. All the while, he continued touring; building a foundation of loyal fans and respect from his musical peers. With the support of EMPIRE’s distribution and marketing machine, he is looking to showcase his sound and voice to a wider audience.
EMPIRE has been behind many of the last years’ stellar Hip-Hop and R&B releases, including Kendrick Lamar‘s “Section.80″, Snoop Dogg‘s “Stoner’s EP”, Phonte‘s “Charity Starts At Home”, Crooked I‘s “In None We Trust”,ScHoolboy Q’s “Setbacks” and The Foreign Exchange‘s “Authenticity”. With a strong roster including Fat Joe, N.O.R.E., 9th Wonder, Too Short and Slum Village, Ill Po will be in good company at EMPIRE.
“I’m pretty excited about this opportunity and extremely thankful to the folks who helped make this happen.” says Ill Poetic. “We’ve worked our asses off these past few years to present something we feel is very special. We’re happy and amazed that Empire has hopped on board to make this vision a very real possibility.”
Bravely undertaking a completely new creative process for Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement, Ill Poetic has meticulously crafted a unique new sound, shedding the typical hip-hop producer aesthetic he was once known for. Inspired by his hometown’s Ohio Funk legacy, he dives flawlessly into rich and layered production, live instrumentation, vocalists, talk boxes, and exciting new song-writing structures.
Backed by this bold and innovative sound, Ill Poetic is ready to push his career in a fearless new direction, creating an EP he describes as “a journey into the highs and lows of following your dreams; a soundtrack to the imagination”.