Eminem’s Shady Music Publishing has recently signed a deal with Michigan rapper Astray, alongside Universal Music Group.
The Saginaw, MI rapper made the announcement on social media, expressing his excitement.
“After countless meetings, conference calls, and contract drafts, it is finally 100% official,” Astray wrote on Facebook. “I am extremely pleased/blessed/thankful to say that I just signed a deal with SHADY MUSIC PUBLISHING/UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP!! I am very excited to be working with these two titans in the music industry and can’t wait to show you what we do from here!!”
Eminem’s publicist Dennis Dennehy told MLIVE that the deal means “they are going to work with him on songs.”
Astray released his first album in the late 1990s at the age of 18. His third album, Who’s Coming With Me, reached the #5 spot on Billboard’s regional Heatseekers chart after its 2004 release.
He was also a former intern at Eminem’s recording studio in 54 Sound.
Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, took to Twitter to congratulate Astray, saying “Keep an eye out for him!”
Pleased to welcome our new writer @ASTRAY_or_SHAWN to Shady Music Publishing with UMP. Keep an eye out for him!
— Paul Rosenberg (@rosenberg) April 23, 2015