News: After Kendrick Lamar's Overnight Success, New Aftermath Signing Rumors Surface
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 11:25AM
The Internet is buzzing this weekend over rumors and speculation which suggest Detroit's own Jon Connor may be the latest hip-hop artist to join Kendrick Lamar at Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records imprint.
Although details are scarce, mounted speculation has J. Connor as Dre's newest protégé.
Could Jon Connor have inked a deal with Aftermath? According to multiple sources, the announcement came tonight. Earlier the taping for this year's BET Hip Hop Awards went down in Atlanta. Which is where Flint, Michigan's best kept secret utilized his Cypher verse to hint at his new found home in the house that Dr. Dre built. (2 Dope Boyz)
Around mid-July, a studio session photo of Connor and Dre made its rounds across the Internet.
You guys know I've been a huge Jon Connor fan for a while, & if you are STILL sleeping on Mr. Connor, maybe a co-sign from Dr. Dre will help you out a bit on waking up. Jon Connor is currently in LA in the studio recording with Dr. Dre. That is a HUGE look for an indepedent artist, and maybe Jon Connor will sign to Aftermath? All I know is something good is about to come out of this. Be sure to check out his latest release Unconscious State ASAP. (Fashionably Early)
The Michigan native later spoke on having an opportunity to rub elbows with Dre.
"He was excited about the respect he had for my artistry. Dre is a very particular person. He knows what he wants to hear," Connor said. "...I made it through Dr. Dre's chopping block of potential. Just to know he sees something in me, or that he respects what I do, or has an appreciation for what I bring to hip-hop, is something I put on my mantle." (M Live)
If the rumors are true, Connor could be in for a wealthy future as K. Dot recently landed on Forbes' Cash Kings list for 2013.
1. Diddy ($50 million) 2. Jay Z ($43 million) 3. Dr. Dre ($40 million) 4. Nicki Minaj ($29 million) 5. Birdman ($21 million) 6. Kanye West ($20 million) 7. Lil Wayne ($16 million) 8. Wiz Khalifa ($14 million) 9. Ludacris ($12 million) 10. Drake ($10.5 million) 11. Snoop Lion ($10 million, tie) 12. Eminem ($10 million, tie) 14. Kendrick Lamar ($9 million, tie) 14. Pharrell Williams ($9 million, tie) 14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($9 million, tie) 17. Swizz Beatz ($8.5 million) 18. Tech N9ne ($7.5 million) 19. 50 Cent ($7 million) 20. Lil Jon ($6 million, tie) (Forbes)