J. Cole is having a really good day. It's his 29th birthday, tonight he plays Madison Square Garden in New York, and his imprint, Dreamville, has just signed a partnership deal with Interscope. To celebrate, he's also got a new mixtape, Revenge of the Dreamers, featuring the full Dreamville roster.
Bas, the Queens via Paris rapper whose mixtape Quarter Water Raised Me 2 dropped last year, is the first official signee under the Interscope imprint. The label released both of Cole's albums, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story and last year's Born Sinner, and the Dreamville team has also overseen Cole's creative direction on projects like the Dollar and A Dream tour.
"Dreamville celebrates the sort of grass roots, out-of-the-box approach to connecting artists to their fans that can help move the music industry into the future," Joie Manda, Interscope's president of urban music, said in a statement. "We are very pleased to welcome Dreamville into the Interscope family,"
The North Carolina rapper also tweeted to comment on the news:
A gift for you from Dreamville. Celebration. Thank you for the Birthday love. Much Love to Interscope— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 29, 2014
Check out Revenge of the Dreamers below: