During the set of hip-hop recording artist Rapsody’s performance at the 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday, July 16th, which was being streamed live via Jay Z’s digital music platform Tidal, the North Carolina emcee mouthed the phrase “Welcome to JamRoc,” a reference to her label Jamla Records and the Brooklyn music mogul’s company, Roc Nation.
Rapsody’s public shout out of Roc Nation led many media outlets and fans alike to speculate that she is the latest signee to Shawn Carter’s stable of talent, which is home to a diverse roster of some of music’s most notable names such as Rihanna, J. Cole, Big Sean, DJ Khaled, Grimes, Haim, MIA, Shakira, and Yandel.
Following the festival, Rapsody posted a photo to Instagram of her symbolically throwing up the customary “diamond sign” and wearing the Roc Nation paper plane hat fueling the reports.
Music producer 9th Wonder, who signed Rapsody to his Jamla Records label and has been instrumental in the development of her career, posted a few pics on his Instagram suggesting a relationship with Roc Nation, including an image of himself with Rapsody and longtime Roc Nation engineer/DJ Young Guru with the caption, “Throw it up. Wave the flag. Jamal Records. Roc Nation.”
In 2015, Rapsody elevated her profile via her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the song “Complexion,” off his critically acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly. She has released several projects independently, including her most recent EP Beauty And The Beast.
Although reports have been made of the signing, Roc Nation has yet to make an official announcement and the company’s website has not added Rapsody to its list of clients signed to its label, management, or music publishing divisions.