Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of the artist’s worldwide copyrights and publishing royalties, including writer’s share of income, in the catalog which comprises 273 songs.
Undisputedly the Godfather of Chicago hip hop, No I.D. rose to fame in the early 1990s with the production of Common’s hip hop classic album, Resurrection, including the ode to hip-hop I Used to Love H.E.R. and US Top 25 The Dreamer/The Believer.
NO I.D’s songs and productions have collectively been streamed more than 7 billion times and his catalog includes some of the most successful songs of hip hop culture, including 2x platinum-certified Run This Town by Jay-Z featuring Kayne West and Rihanna (300 million streams); 4x platinum-certified Holy Grail by Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake (400 million streams); Drake’s 3x platinum-certified Find Your Love (150 million streams) and Kanye West’s platinum-certified Black Skinhead (600 million streams), Bound 2 (300 million streams), Dark Fantasy (200 million streams) and 6x platinum certified Heartless (500 million streams); NO I.D also produced the 2x platinum-certified single Kiss Me by British pop star Ed Sheeran (500 million streams).
Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, said of the acquisition: “The words NO I.D. are a stamp of excellence on any album. “From Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus to Jay-Z’s astonishing run from American Gangster through The Blueprint 3, Magna Carta Holy Grail and 4:44, Dion has been in the middle of everything that is great about Hip Hop for more than two decades. “He is a special creator and everyone in the Hipgnosis Family is proud to have him standing next to us.”
No I.D. added: “Not many have the best intentions for the artist and the creators. “Merck and the Hipgnosis team have shown that they are a safe home for the songs that score our lives.”