Alaya High, the 11-year-old rapper taking social media by storm with her lyrical wordplay, recently became the “youngest female rap artist” to sign with a major label, XXL reports. Empire, a San Francisco-based independent distribution, recording and publishing company, has forged a strong arm in the music game by offering non-traditional contracts to recording artists.
“The idea was not to lock people in and get rights from them,” founder Ghazi Shami told Billboard in 2016.”The approach was, ‘What’s the fastest path to business?’ And if we start to do good things together then naturally those rights will evolve into other revenue streams: publishing, touring and things of that nature.”
Alaya, a.k.a. “Lay Lay” signed a record deal with Empire, the Houston native announced Wednesday (Aug. 1), via an Instagram photo from the company’s Atlanta office.
In the caption, Lay Lay the record label and her fans, father, and management team. “Look out for my first single ‘Go Lay Lay Go’ ALBUM ON THE WAY!!!” she added. The company’s roster includes D.R.A.M., Remy Ma, Tyga, Young Dolph, and the late XXXTentacion.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Lauvon – Let’s also give some credit to the background girls dancing (I think their names are Miley and Ariana) anyways they deserve a big round of applause
Kash Rose – This girl is wonderful!!!! If only all young blak girls had their father in their life…it changes everything
San – She held a better conversation than a lot of seasoned artists!
Lavalla Sears – She looks so young but speaks with great maturity. I love u lay lay I hope success comes ur way.
Jewel Abraham – She’s awesome with talent n her dancers r great, I hope they all grow together in the music industry
Stephanie Miller – That girl Lay Lay you are amazing I am so proud of you. Keep Following your dreams
Samie – I live yasss girl! “Boys will be here for a long time” come on business woman in a girls b-ody
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