Hipgnosis buys music royalty catalogue of 'godfather of Chicago hip hop'

Purchase comprises 273 songs

Lauren Mason
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No I.D.'s back catalogue boasts collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Photo: AJ Calzada/Flickr CC0 1.0
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No I.D.'s back catalogue boasts collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Photo: AJ Calzada/Flickr CC0 1.0

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has purchased 100% of the music royalty catalogue of renowned US hip hop and R&B producer Ernest Dion Wilson, known as No I.D.

The purchase of the artist's international copyright and publishing loyalties comprises 273 songs, and includes the writer's share of income. No I.D., whose songs and productions have collectively been streamed more than 7 billion times, has collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Drake and Common. Known affectionately in the music industry as 'The Godfather of Chicago hip hop', he first rose to fame in the early 1990s following the production of Common's album Resurrection. Hipgnosis acquires Barry Manilow's music catalogue In 2007, No I.D. began ...

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