Chicago-based star Joey Purp has signed a worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
A founding member of his home city’s hip-hop collective SaveMoney alongside the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, Purp delivered an acclaimed release in 2016 with his second mixtape iiiDrops.
Sony/ATV Co-President, U.S. Rick Krim said: “Joey Purp is one of the most dynamic new songwriters and artists to have emerged in recent years and we are thrilled to get involved with this major talent so early on.
“We can only begin to imagine what he has the potential to achieve and cannot wait to start working with him.”
Sony/ATV Vice President, Creative Tyler Childs said: “Joey is one of the most exciting young artists of his generation. We’re so happy to welcome him to Sony/ATV.”
Joey Purp said: “I’m excited to join the Sony/ATV family and I’m looking forward to a fruitful partnership.”
“Joey Purp is one of the most dynamic new songwriters and artists to have emerged in recent years and we are thrilled to get involved with this major talent so early on.”
Rick Krim, Sony/ATV
Joey Purp’s manager Kevin Zheng said: “We are super excited to partner with Sony/ATV and be a part of this amazing family of people. We’re really looking forward to working with the whole staff.”
A Chicago native, Joey Purp grew up with an eclectic taste in music ranging from rappers such as JAY-Z, Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Wu-Tang Clan to the seminal New York rock band The Velvet Underground.
A first mixtape under his own name called The Purple Tape appeared in 2012 when he was 18, while he co-founded the Chicago hip-hop collective SaveMoney whose members also include Vic Mensa and the now Grammy-winning Chance The Rapper.
With SaveMoney colleague Kami de Chukwu, he also went on to form the duo Leather Corduroys and in early 2015 they put out their first project called Season, incorporating elements of rock, trap and neo-soul.
Purp’s second mixtape iiiDrops was released in May 2016 and included contributions from Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa as well as Mick Jenkins, Saba, Teddy Jackson and The MIND.
Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016, while Complex placed it among its 40 best albums of the year.
[Pictured L-R: Tyler Childs (Sony/ATV Vice President, Creative), Joey Purp and Kevin Zheng.]Music Business Worldwide