Rotimi, widely known as Dre on the hit STARZ drama Power, released a new single “Love Riddim” to announce his new partnership with EMPIRE.
The Nigerian entertainer was signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records but wanted more creative control over his music, according to Billboard.
“I wanted to have conversations in a room where we collaborate on things and not go to a major because that system is old and I feel like this is a new wave where artists can express themselves and then they have a machine truly backing them. I wanted that. I wanted that for myself.”
EMPIRE founder, Ghazi Shami, was elated to make the deal with the Nigerian entertainer.
“Rotimi has proven to be a force in music, TV and film,” Shami said. “We’re happy to have him join the EMPIRE family and we love forward to him bringing incredible music to the world.”
Rotimi has been releasing music as early as 2009, although his acting abilities initially brought him notoriety.
“I think I finally found my sound,” he said in the interview. “I finally found who I am. I gave them hints of it with ‘Want More.’ When I realized that ‘Want More’ was what connected with people the most, I said, ‘OK. Let me make a project where the formula is based around that.”