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Despite woos from Hova and Diddy, California hip hop collective Odd Future have decided to partner with Sony’s independent off-shoot, RED, and form their own record label, Odd Future Records. The deal will cover the group and its various side-projects.
Billed as an independent distribution and artist development company, RED works with acts from a number of labels, including ATO, Frenchkiss, FADER, Fat Wreck, tbd Records, Victory Records, and Fat Possum.
Speaking of the deal in an issued statement (via Rap Radar), the group’s manager, Chris Clancy, said the following:
Its based on getting the distribution deal weve always envisioned that allows the group to sign themselves to their own company and keep their masters. They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business. Freedom and ownership was the whole point. Red and Sony know that its in everyones best interest to maintain the groups authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. Theres no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. Its about to be fun.. and different..
Odd Future’s Mellowhype side-project was already set to release a reissue of BlackenedWhite via Fat Possum. Tyler, the Creator’s sophomore LP Goblin hits stores May 10th via XL Recordings.
Update: Odd Future have also announced a European tour. Find all confirmed dates below.
Odd Future 2011 Tour Dates:
04/29 – London, UK @ Village Underground
04/30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/05 – Paris, FR @ Social Club
05/06 – Berlin, DE @ Casstopeia
05/12 Boston, MA @ Paradise
05/13 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
05/15 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
05/16 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
05/18 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
05/20 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
05/25-29 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/29-07/01 Arendal, NL @ Hove Festival
06/30-07/03 Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
06/30-07/03 Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/01-03 – Malsaucy, FR @ Les Eurockéennes
07/08-11 – Naas, IE @ Oxegen
07/17 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
08/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ HARD Festival
08/13-14 Osaka and Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/26-28 Reading and Leeds, UK @ Reading and Leeds Festival