After months of majors clamouring to sign the Los Angeles-based collective known as OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), led by Tyler The Creator, the group has opted to stay independent … with major backing.
According to RapRadar.com, Odd Future are set to start Odd Future Records, inking a distribution deal with RED Distribution/Sony, which would give the group the same creative freedom they’ve been accustomed to.
OFWGKTA’s manager, Chris Clancy, replied to the rumors, telling RapRadar that Odd Future, in essence, will sign themselves.
“It’s based on getting the distribution deal we’ve always envisioned that allows the group to ‘sign themselves’ to their own company and keep their masters,” Clancy said. “They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business.
“Freedom and ownership was the whole point,” he continued. “Red and Sony know that its in everyone’s best interest to maintain the group’s authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. There’s no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. It’s about to be fun.. and different..”
Tyler The Creator also address the rumors on his Twitter page (@f***tyler), saying everything will remain in-house, despite having a label and the option to sign other acts.
“Odd Future…..Records? Maybe,” the rapper/skater wrote. “Funny thing is, we won’t sign people like a record label. Same people, same sh**, all in-house.”
Word is the ink on the deal isn’t dry just yet, but it looks like things are pretty set.
Before this news, rumors said that Diddy, SRC Records, and even Jay-Z were among the label heads trying to land the group. But, Odd Future had different plans.