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Mercury-prize-winning rapper, Skepta has announced that he will be launching his own imprint — Big Smoke Records.
Through his talent agency Big Smoke Corporation, the label is said to “focus on signing new talent who represent and champion the ethos of Big Smoke Corporation; trend setters, who break the mould and do things differently.”
In a statement Skepta said: “During my career I’ve seen many brands and corporations capitalise on the cultural currency of the music and creative industries without adequately supporting artists or the those working within these industries.
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“This is a unique opportunity for brands and corporations to collaboratively tap into the influence of the industry and culture whilst ensuring they are authentically and adequately supporting creatives and artists.”
The grime star – whose real name is Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jr. – has also been announced this week as the global ambassador for PUMA after Big Smoke and the sports brand began a partnership in September.
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Skepta adds in his statement: “Launching with Puma and Channel 4 has shown future brand partners how they can succeed greatness when they are open to working collaboratively, me and my team look forward to working with like-minded thinking creatives and brands.”
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Written by: Tim Hopkins