Def Jam Recordings Signs “Unofficial Mayor of Cleveland” Ray Jr.!

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With 10 must-have mixtapes to his credit – including his brand new Elected (to be released February 17th via and its new single “Livin’” – Ray Jr. is making his big break out of Ohio’s notorious North Coast.

“The unofficial Mayor of Cleveland,” as Ray Jr. is known by fans, is also the newest addition to the Island Def Jam Music Group. Details of his official Def Jam debut album and single will be announced in the weeks and months ahead. Meanwhile, a remix of “Sloppy”, featuring Ray Jr.’s new fellow Def Jam artists Big Sean and 2Chainz is coming soon.

The quintessential Midwest hustler, Ray Jr. (formerly Young Ray) represents the streets of every hood in every city. His raspy, powerful and intimidating flow, combined with hypnotic tracks is what got him elected “Mayor Of E.C.” He first took his hometown by storm with the hood Anthem “I’m from E.C.,” dedicated to poverty stricken East Cleveland.

Keeping hip-hop alive in the Rock And Roll Capitol Of the World, Ray. Jr. has been embraced as a local hero by his community. His hard work and crafty rhymes give pride to the community, who look to the rapper as their hope to introduce the world to the “New Cleveland” music scene. He has also built a reputation as a philanthropist who gives back to his community and, in return, his mixtape releases are major red letter day events in area code 216.