Jon Connor is reported to have signed a deal with Aftermath Entertainment. The reports come from the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which is currently being taped in Atlanta. During his verse on the Cypher portion of the program, Connor is believed to have made the announcement that he had signed to Aftermath, the label created by Dr. Dre.
For those who are unfamiliar with Connor, he is a native of Flint, Michigan who has been releasing projects on an independent level for several years. He released his latest project, Unconscious State, in July of this year.
Earlier this summer, Connor was spotted taking pictures with Dre in the studio. Connor has spoken about being acknowledged by Dre, saying "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."
Aftermath's most recent release was good kid m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar. The album, which came out last year, has subsequently sold over one million copies nationwide.
Jon Connor basically announced signing to Dr. Dre's Aftermath in his cypha.— Karεn Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) September 28, 2013
RT @KarenCivil: Jon Connor basically announced signing to Dr. Dre's Aftermath in his cypha.— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) September 29, 2013
UPDATE: Twitter commentary has revealed the lineups for all of the BET Cyphers. While some were known previously, including Slaughterhouse, others are total surprises. And of course, in the aftermath of the taping, the highlight verse to watch for is that of Kendrick Lamar's, which came during the TDE cypher.
Cypher 1 – Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz, Jon Connor
Cypher 2 – A$AP Mob: Ferg, Twelvy, Nast, Ant & Rocky
Cypher 3 – Action Bronson, Star Life Breezy (Sprite Contest Winner) ,Travis $cott, Tifanny Foxx & Lil Kim
Cypher 4 – Slaughterhouse: Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce da 5’9 & Joe Budden
Cypher 5 – TDE: ScHoolBoy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul, Isiah Radhad & Kendrick Lamar
Cypher 6 – Real Husbands Of Hollywood: Chocolate Drop (Kevin Hart), Nick Cannon, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Dwayne Martin, JB Smooth
Cypher 7 – Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem & Astro
[via Karen Civil]