Def Jam is no more for Vince Staples. The Long Beach native has moved on and inked a deal with Motown Records Blacksmith Recordings, which was officially announced during Wednesday's Capitol Congress 2019 conference. Blacksmith was founded by veteran artist manager Corey Smyth as part of a joint venture between Motown Records and Capitol Music Group.
Speaking at Wednesday's summit, Staples said fans can expect new music to arrive in "a week, two weeks." The 26-year-old's last album dropped back in November with the radio-show-themed FM! "Our goal is to reinforce career longevity and boundless potential in the artists we represent, while growing global brands around them," Smyth said when announcing the label.
He continued to detail his plans for Blacksmith Recordings' future. "My mission through Blacksmith Recordings is to nurture young and new talent from the ground up and enable them to expand their vision of success. We are looking at the big picture, thinking about how a musician evolves across genres, what success looks like in the first year and a decade later and what happens after the first album, the second and the third," Smyth concluded.
Other artists currently on the Blacksmith roster include Kilo Kish, alternative pop artist Ted When and Benn Good.