Latin rap superstar Tego Calderon, who has long been the face card of the Reggaeton explosion, has inked a long term deal with Atlantic Records for his imprint Jiggiri.
After being courted by Atlantic president Craig Kallman for close to two years, and with other willing suitors in tow, the decision to join the Atlantic family came in what he describes as a gut feeling.
“I chose to sign with them because I felt that it was just the right step to take,” Calderon told AllHipHop.com. “He [Kallman] knows my music, he’s been following my music, he believes in me and he gives me confidence. ”
The new deal was also induced by a spoiled relationship between Calderon and his partner at independent outfit they previously headed together.
“There were bad decisions being made by him that directly affected me and I didn’t like that,” said Calderon.
Calderon said he felt a tremendous upside to moving to a bigger and better machine and explaned that a major would be able to get his music in places that he could get to himself.
Though the goal is catapult his commercial appeal; Tego vowed not compromise his music to attain that goal.
His debut Jiggire/Atlantic album entitled The Underdog is slated to release in October.