For the last two years, Jae Millz has built-up a reputation for being one of the most sought-after New York battle rappers, but the 23-year-old rapper has signed with Universal Records in deal that will hopefully bring his dreams to life.
Millz said the album in progress might not be the work that many are predicting. “I know a lot of people are expecting to hear the battle s**t,” Millz told AllHipHop.com, “but that's not what we're trying to nail with this album - we just want a good album. Every song has to have a concept. Right now, I hate to say I got it, but I'm having a great time.”
The album titled, Back To Tha Future, is expected to arrive next year on Wanna Blow Entertainment and Universal Records. Swizz Beats, Buckwild, Scram Jones, and Heatmakerz are currently on board for production. Slim Thug and T.I. have also laid down tracks for the album debut.
The popular rapper has been with his Wanna Blow team since he was in High School. Keisha Morris, who was once married to Tupac Shakur, introduced Millz to the CEO’s Nige and Tone during a session for rapper Mysonne, who is now incarcerated. Since that time, the label has been a part of Motown, then Warner Brothers, and now Universal Records.
Nige, co-CEO of Wanna Blow, is confident that Jae Millz and this album will be a meaningful addition to the industry.
“It makes us feel good is when someone like Fat Joe, who is at the high point of his career, is reaching out and doing a song with Jae. Nas said to me, 'Jae is spitting that fire right now', and Jay-Z said, 'Yo, I'm f***in’ with him,' said Nige. “When these people that we look up to can tell us that our artist is hot, it's not like they're doing it because they have to do it. That makes us feel good, and we do this out of love and admiration. We know that Millz is the next.”
Endorsements are nothing new to Millz as most people remember him from P.Diddy's “Making the Band,” where he and E-Ness squared off. Even before, the Washington Heights native was proclaimed by the Bad Boy founder as one of the beasts of New York's underground.
Many of the battle rappers popular in New York have suffered after a debut album dropped.
Millz confidently replied. “I want people to understand that I can spit and freestyle, but my music is real to me. It's like a diary.”