Kid Ink has inked a record deal with RCA Records, following productive year where he became one of the hottest unsigned acts in hip-hop.
Among the Los Angeles rapper's achieves were: 2012 XXL Freshman Class honors, a hit single with "Time Of Your Life," and the release of his debut album, the independently released Up & Away, which debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200 last June.
"We achieved so much last year independently, but we just felt it was time to team up with a major in 2013 to take it to the next level and RCA is as excited as we are about the vision and possibilities," Kid Ink said in a statement.
"I'm ecstatic to have someone as multi-talented as Kid Ink, along with the backing of Tha Alumni team with us at RCA Records," added J. Grand, SVP of A&R and Marketing. "We see him not just as an emerging domestic star but as someone whose music and entrepreneurship is already developing a global presence."
To celebrate the deal, Kid Ink leaked a new single, entitled "Bad Ass" featuring Wale and Meek Mill.
He will not begun recording his major label debut.