Korean American hip-hop group Aziatix signed a deal with a major record label which is home to some of the genre’s biggest stars, according to news reports.
The trio, made up of Eddie Shin, Nicky Lee and Flowsik, reportedly signed a contract with Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) worth approximately $11 million. Aziatix joins superstar acts Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Canadian rapper Drake, among others.
The group attended the label’s lavish pre-Grammy Awards party on Sunday, according to Billboard.com.
“We were courting Aziatix before Psy broke, but that certainly helped,” Cash Money manager Joshua Berkman told Billboard.
According to him, Aziatix represents a new worldwide focus for YMCMB, pointing to recent signings like Australian house-music DJ team Stafford Brothers, and interest in even more Asian acts. “We’re reaching out more internationally now — it’s a global thing,” Berkman says.
Aziatix is currently working on a new album with Grammy Award-winning producer RedOne, which is expected to come out later this year, according to the group’s website.
Shin was born in Boston, Mass., but moved to South Korea when he was 10 years old. Jay Pak, a.k.a. Flowsik, was born and raised in Flushing, Queens, N.Y., while Lee was born and raised in Los Angeles. The group was created by Jae Chong, a former member of Korean American R&B group Solid, which saw fame in South Korea in the 1990s.