Odd Future to Remain Independent with Sony Distribution Deal

Odd Future

After being wooed by the major labels with everything from donuts to Justin Bieber, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All has decided to remain independent. The rap collective is in the process of inking a deal with RED Distribution/Sony to put out albums without compromising their creative freedom.

According to manager Chris Clancy, the deal allows the West Coast crew to control their art and own their masters. “It’s based on getting the distribution deal we’ve always envisioned that allows the group to ‘sign themselves’ to their own company and keep their masters,” he told RapRadar. “They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no third party participation in outside business.”

He explained that this is what OFWGKTA had always envisioned for their product. “Freedom and ownership was the whole point. RED and Sony know that it’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain the group’s authenticity and control,” he stated. “They built it, they deserve it. There’s no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works. … It’s about to be fun…and different.”

Ringleader Tyler, the Creator is first up to release an album, with his second solo LP Goblin hitting shelves on May 10. The offering is part of a one-album deal with XL Recordings.

“I’d never sign a deal without 100% creative control,” Tyler previously told the L.A. Times. “You lose a lot when you sign with the major labels. I’d rather be broke than have to rap over the same chord progressions as everyone else.”

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  1. JR



  2. O

    It’s really not that rare Travis porter has the same type of deal…..and depending on who u sign with u can have alot of independence like I hear YMCMB let’s u do whatever u want to do when u want to do it


    Yaser Lad Reply:

    @O, No YMCMB may allow you to do whatever you want, but they I hear they control the money and when they need you to do something you have to no questions asked.

    But anyway – Tyler may think his in control but when they don’t allow some of his lyrics to hit the shelves because of the content (like Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge), he will have to change it!!! I don’t see the point, when he goes platinum/wins awards then I’ll applaud his decision if not then…


    Will Reply:

    @O, OH NOOOOOOOOOO!!! YMCMB is under Universal, and Universal is actually considered as one of the worst Major Labels of them all. YMCMB might look like they do whatever they want but thats only the image they display. Yaser Lad you have it only half right. What really happens with Universal is they rush their Artists to finish their albums there is no creative control what-so-ever. Even Drake himself said it “He was being rushed by the label”. Every Major Label out there, all they care about is getting paid they don’t care about any Artist Development or Creative Control all the care about is getting that one song on the radio just for them to get paid. Not only that but they come up with grimy contracts that cheat the artist in anything. This is the smartest move ODD FUTURE has made cuze too be honest in a couple years or so all of the major labels will no longer exist, theres only four major labels as of right now, which is funny cuze they’re used to be six of em: Universal, Sony, EMI, and Warner! EMI & Warner are still alive but alot of people I’ve talked to about them says they wont last another three years. Freedom & Ownership is the way it works now, no one cares about radio spins, alot of bands/artists being in an independent label have made alot more money than those being in a Major label.


  3. Mii

    thats really smart.


  4. Trey

    hopefully this will show that people can make good money and not need a major label


  5. not really a fan

    but that’s pretty respectable


  6. MoeMoe



  7. JR

    what i was getting at is them in general, why, when they have such lyrical ability, would they try to gain success and fame off being different. Gaga’s doing it with her music….i just think that they have no respect for themselves


    Yo! Reply:

    @JR, Shut up


  8. CheChilia



  9. listen

    many artists do distribution deals… esp. with Red. what all of this means is that it they were blowing a lot of smoke up everybody’s asssses to try to create a bidding war. guess that didn’t work.


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