Atlantic Records (WMG) is strolling away from a once-promising label enterprise with hip hop tastemaker Adam ‘Adam22’ Grandmaison.
A slew of sexual assault accusations have prompted Atlantic Records to cancel its enterprise cope with No Jumper Records. Central to the shutdown is Adam ‘Adam22’ Grandmaison, a rapidly-rising rap tastemaker with severe affect.
Grandmaison’s YouTube channel and podcast are credited with boosting the careers of XXXTentacion, 6ix9ine, and Lil Yachty, amongst others. All three have been effervescent on SoundCloud, with Adam22 deeply enmeshed within the ‘SoundCloud Rap’ group.
Grandmaison, whose podcast was lauded by the New York Times as “the Paris Review of the face-tattoo set,” inked the joint label deal in March of this yr.
Since that time, Adam22 has denied a pair of assault allegations reported by Pitchfork, whereas Atlantic initially stored the partnership alive.
The Pitchfork piece was revealed shortly after the Atlantic deal, and the tastemaker has largely been on the defensive since his main label partnership. “We take any allegations of this nature very severely and we're trying into them,” Atlantic supplied again in March.
The lengthy Pitchfork piece detailed two incidents of alleged rape, although Grandmaison emphatically denied the fees. “For most males, being falsely accused of rape is a horrible expertise that may break their repute, price them 1000's in authorized charges and should land them in jail, however for me I must say that it was general a really constructive expertise,” Grandmaison blogged in a since-deleted put up.
“Viva la faux rape.”
Grandmaison has additionally confronted his accusers in a highly-public method. Those assaults most just lately concerned a 3rd accuser, mannequin Lauren Duck, who says she was slammed on Twitter prior to creating her accusations. The Daily Beast reported the Duck accusations in October.
In all three instances, Adam22 claimed that the intercourse was fully consensual. “I’ve executed loads of silly shit in my life,” Adam22 acknowledged extra just lately. “But I’ve by no means raped or hit a girl.”