Posted: Monday, 02 July 2012
Lil Reese signs to Def Jam, plans on releasing his "Don't Like" mixtape featuring Chief Keef and Freddie Gibbs later this week.
It has only been a matter of weeks since it was announced that rapper Chief Keef would be signing to Interscope Records
and it looks like yet another young Chicago artist has been picked up
by a major label. Earlier today Def Jam Recordings announced in a press
release that 19–year–old, Chicago rapper Lil Reese has signed with the label.
In the press release Def Jam president Joie Manda went on to express
the labels excitement in recruiting an artist with a unique perspective
of the Midwest.
"Lil Reese brings a gritty, authentic perspective to life on the
streets of Chicago," said Manda in a statement. "It's fitting that one
of our brightest A&R executives, No I.D. – a fellow Chicago native
and superproducer in his own right – brought Reese to us. Artists like
Reese are part of our lifeblood here at Def Jam, where we not only
cherish our heritage as the definitive label in hip–hop, but seek out,
sign and develop the freshest talent our culture has to offer."
Although his signing announcement was made just this week Lil Reese
already has plans on releasing his DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon hosted
mixtape, Don't Like. Don't Like will be released on Wednesday, July 4th.
Lil Reese gained immediate viral fame thanks to his track "Us" which
has gone on to receive over 300,000 views on YouTube; the rapper is also
a member of the O.T.F. (Team 3 HUNNA) crew.