Since its founding a decade ago, EMPIRE has grown into a leading indie hip-hop label and distributor, with clients like Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak. Now, founder/CEO Ghazi is expanding the company's reach with the launch of a new publishing division, announced today (Sept. 10).
EMPIRE Publishing is led by two industry heavyweights: Al "Butter" McLean, the former senior vp of creative for Kobalt Music who has signed acts like Childish Gambino and Mike WiLL Made-It; and Vinny Kumar, the veteran entertainment attorney who has held roles at Slip-N-Slide Records, Universal Music Publishing and with Teddy Riley at Future Records, and previously served in EMPIRE's distribution division.
"Over the past few years, our development team has worked tirelessly to build a proprietary system to bring transparency and accountability to the publishing industry -- and to first and foremost protect artists' rights," Ghazi says in a statement. "With our new technology in place and Al 'Butta' McLean and Vinny Kumar at the helm, we are now ready to shake up the music publishing business."