EMPIRE Launches Publishing Division

Following a decade of independent dominance as a record label and distributor with acts such as Kendrick Lamar, Anderson.Pakk and several others having called it home EMPIRE has made a move into the publishing business.

EMPIRE Publishing is led by two industry heavyweights: Al “Butter” McLean, the former senior vp of creative for Kobalt Music who has signed acts like Childish Gambino and Mike WiLL Made-It; and Vinny Kumar, the veteran entertainment attorney who has held roles at Slip-N-Slide Records, Universal Music Publishing and with Teddy Riley at Future Records, and previously served in EMPIRE’s distribution division.

Current signees include producer !llmind (Drake, Beyoncé and JAY-Z), Justin Love (H.E.R. “Focus”), and producer Rippa on the Beat (Rod Wave, Kevin Gates and Kodak Black) as well as EMPIRE artists like Young Dolph, Key Glock, Mozzy and RJMrLa.

“Music is magic and what EMPIRE has accomplished over the last 10 years for the culture has been magical,” McLean says. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to help lead EMPIRE into the realm of publishing and publishing administration.