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JAN 05 2013

Rapper Kid Ink And Tha Alumni Music Group Sign With 88 Classic/RCA Records

RAPPER KID INK AND THA ALUMNI MUSIC GROUP SIGN WITH 88 CLASSIC/RCA RECORDS

DEBUT SINGLE “BAD ASS” FEATURING HIP HOP HEAVYWEIGHTS MEEK MILL & WALE TO BE RELEASED ON ITUNES JANUARY 22ND



(“Bad Ass” single art)

Listen to Kid Ink’s “Bad Ass” featuring Meek Mill & Wale: http://bit.ly/VAe2Xy
[New York, NY – January 05, 2013] – Emerging Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink and his Tha Alumni Music Group have officially signed with 88 Classic/RCA Records following the massive success of his self-released mixtape Rocketshipshawty. Kid Ink's single "Bad Ass'" featuring Meek Mill & Wale will be available on iTunes January 22nd.

Says Ink, "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."

“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 for RCA and 88 Classic label owner. “We see him not just as an emerging domestic star but as someone whose music and entrepreneurship is already developing a global presence.”

Tha Alumni Music Group CEO, DJ Ill Will, who also serves as Kid Ink’s business partner and manager, echoes those sentiments saying “RCA gave us a unique opportunity to join forces with them while still staying true to our fans and what got us here in the first place.”

Orchestrated by producer Devin Cruise, a snippet of “Bad Ass” was unleashed November 2012 on Kid Ink’s self-released mixtape, Rocketshipshawty. Along with the ear-catching track, the project showcases Ink’s unique wordplay and melodic hooks over addictive production by the likes of Young Chop (“OG”) and longtime collaborator Jahlil Beats (“Loaded”). The project has been accompanied by numerous videos, including a captivating visual for "Hell & Back” (remix) featuring the energetic MGK, who graced the XXL Magazine 2012 Freshman Class cover with Kid Ink. To date, the 16-song release has collected 300K downloads on leading mixtape destination DatPiff.com and was highlighted in the Top 20 on the site’s “Top 50 Mixtapes of 2012.” HotNewHipHop.com also featured the mixtape, where it has amassed an additional 500K downloads and plays.

Following a consistent and tireless independent run in 2012, the restless Kid Ink has no plans of slowing down in the new year and is quickly mapping out a promising path to success. The fully tatted rapper has planted his footprint in the social media landscape, which boasts over 300K loyal Twitter followers, 250K Instagram fans and over 60 million video views on Youtube, in addition to countless mixtape material that trails back to 2010. His initial highly successful independent album offering, Up & Away, arrived this past June to a shining XL rating in XXL Magazine and sparked a highly competitive bidding war amongst all major record labels, fueled by the single “Time of Your Life.” Currently, Kid Ink is recording his Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records debut project, selling out shows across the globe, and extending his sense of style to fashion brands including the prominent Alumni brand as well as a current collaboration with elite street wear line, Dope Couture.