After weighing his options, Rick Ross has left Def Jam and signed a new solo deal with Epic Records.
The news spread on Friday (Jan. 15), when Epic Records made the announcement on Twitter, tweeting a photo of the rapper alongside executives L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone.
The caption reading: “Welcome @rickyrozay to the #EPIC family!”
Rozay signed to Def Jam in 2006 and released eight albums on the label, his latest being Black Market, debuted at No. 6 in December.
When the album was released, the rapper appeared on The Breakfast Club radio show, where he confirmed that his Def Jam contract had been fulfilled and was negotiating a new deal. “I’ma be honest, right now we are in the middle of re-negotiations,” Ross said. “It’s a lot of people coming to the table. It’s a lot of people bringing a lot of new excitement to the table. It is my last album [with] Def Jam Records. I’ve been nothing but successful, they been a part of everything that I’ve created. They helped built this empire that I am a part of, and I respect and love them for that. Right now, you know where we at, ya dig? Most definitely, shout out to L.A. Reid, ya dig?”
Epic Roster boasts a roster that includes Future, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Ciara and Travis Scott, among others.
Ross also has a deal with Warner Bros. for his Maybach Music Group label, which boasts Meek Mill, Wale, Stalley, Rockie Fresh, and Omarion.