Rapper Lil Poopy may not be a part of the Epic Records family after all. Laura Swanson, the label’s executive vice president of media and strategic development, confirms to Billboard that the 13-year-old lyricist (born Luis Rivera, Jr.) did not land a contract with the label despite reports that he had signed a four-year deal.
Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid also quoted signee Meghan Trainor and tweeted on Monday (Aug. 22), “My name is NO, MY sign is NO, My answer is NO …. Not signed here baby! #NotEpic.” And, after some reports speculated that he was possibly referring to Trainor’s Epic deal, he followed up with a second tweet, saying, “No, this is absolutely not about @Meghan_Trainor! [–].”
My name is NO
MY sign is NO
My answer is NO
Not signed here baby!#NotEpic
— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) August 22, 2016
No, this is absolutely not about @Meghan_Trainor! —
— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) August 23, 2016
Lil Poopy released his first rap record, “Ima Cokeboy,” in 2009 when he was just 9 years old. The Massachusetts rep — whose father was reportedly arrested in June and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine — also appeared on season one of Lifetime’s search for the next pint-sized hip-hop star, The Rap Game.