News: Young Chris Breaks Down Post-Roc-A-Fella Record Label Deal
Monday, Oct 11, 2010 10:12PM
After announcing his official move from Roc-A-Fella to Universal Motown today, Young Chris has now given the backstory behind signing with hitmaker Rico Love's Division 1 imprint.
According to Chris, Rico initially expressed an interest to sign him.
"A month or two ago, Rico reached out," Chris said. "He had seen some of the viral videos that I had shot. One of the first things he said to me was like, 'Yo, I almost forgot how nice you was! What's the [label] situation? What's going on? I told him, 'I'm free.' I had two [other] deals on the table at the time...The Internet was a blessing for me from day one. Some people say it's a gift and a curse--in my case, it was a gift. That's what kept me relevant over the years since the Roc-a-Fella break up." (XXL Mag)
Rico broke the news of the signing via video announcement Monday (October 11) morning.
"What up, it's Rico Love, Mr. Turn The Lights On, we here, Young Chris photo shoot," Love said in a video. "We wanted to make this formal announcement announcing that Division 1 has done a joint venture, label deal, with Universal Motown and the first act off the label is going to be Young Chris aka Chris Ries. I'm happy that we finally closed the situation. I'm a big fan of Chris, for years, and I'm going to tell a quick story. My first time meeting Jay-Z, I was performing with Usher on The Truth Tour, 2004, and the first thing I said to Jay when I met him backstage was, 'I love Young Chris. I'm a fan of Young Chris.' And he said, 'Yo, that's my little man. He's got a bright future.' ... Now it's Young Chris aka Christopher Ries, the re-introduction, coming soon. This is only the beginning..." (Official Division 1)
Chris also confirmed his new label association in the video.
"He reached out and kept it 100 ever since," Chris said in an interview. "He's a man of his word. Everything he said he was going to do, he did. He told me to just give him a little time -- that's why we're here today man, out in Miami. We doing a photo shoot, video tonight, back to the studio and we hitting the town." (Official Division 1)
Earlier this year, Chris said Jay-Z encouraged him to record a solo LP.
"It's Now Or Never man, that's the title of my new album," Chris revealed in a February 2010 interview. "One half of the Young Gunz, Young C. Nah, [Neef] ain't quit, he ain't quit, never that. Hov came to me with the idea, when we were working on [2005's] Brothers From Another. He said after this one, do your solo joint so after we finished Brothers From Another, I've basically been working on it." (Choke No Joke)
Check out Young Chris speaking on the new record deal below: