FilmOn Announces Hot 97 Who’s Next Winner: Hip-Hop’s Wxlfman Receives $1 Million Recording Deal
FilmOn TV Networks and Emmis Communications’ HOT 97 have named the winner of 2016’s Who’s Next emerging artist showcase, Wxlfman. The Bed Stuy emcee will be awarded a $50,000 cash prize and a recording contract with FilmOn Music and MondoTunes worth $1 million, on the Festival Village Stage at Summer Jam, Sunday, June 5th at Met Life Stadium.
Fans can watch Wxlfman’s debut at Hot97’s legendary Summer Jam, along with the entire festival’s lineup free exclusively at FilmOn.Com beginning at 3 p.m. EST. The live stream is also available in VR and 360 formats.
FilmOn, part of Greek billionaire Alki David’s FOTV Media Group and Emmis announced the exclusive multi-year streaming partnership in February. This year’s line up includes, Big Sean, Pusha T, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Designer, and many more.
Wxlfman faced off against five other rising talents in competitions streamed live on FilmOn.com, where fans voted to narrow the field to three. Judges Diggy Simmons, DJ ENUFF, and TT Torrez made the final selection at Brooklyn’s Club Love on May 26th: Wxlfman was the winner!
He calls what he does Soul Shine Music, blending his life experience, eclectic knowledge and positivity. His FilmOn Music recording contract will include production, video, merchandise and publicity; distribution with MondoTunes, the worlds largest digital music distributor; and tour production in conjunction with FOTV’s Hologram USA.
“Wxlfman slayed, night after night,” said FilmOn TV Networks CEO Alki David. “He’s a child of hip-hop’s mid-90’s, adolescent years and is distilling that into
something creative, mature, and wonderfully positive. We’re proud to propel this next stage of his career with the recording contract, tours and video contract. Wxlfman will become one of hip-hop’s biggest stars.”
“This contract means that I am one more step closer to creating freely what is in my mind and bringing it forth to reality,” said Wxlfman. “Music is an art form built on expression and I plan to do just that on a greater level each time. Thank you, FilmOn.”
HOT 97’s Summer Jam, now in its 23rd year, is widely regarded as the most important Hip Hop festival in the world, and attracting more than 55,000 fans to MetLife Stadium each year. With the free stream, Summer Jam will now be available to the 70 million monthly unique users of filmon.com on smart phones, smart TVs, tablets and other devices. Premium service, including chat capability and HD, will also be available.
HOT 97’s Who’s Next emerging artist showcase, has previously launched the careers of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Travi$ Scott, and others
Watch Wxlfman open up the Festival Village Stage at Hot 97’s Summer Jam at 3 p.m., June 5th live from Met Life Stadium at FilmOn.Com