Actor Idris Elba has just made another huge step in his music career.
Billboard reports that Elba, who produces and DJs, has launched a new record label called 7Wallace Music. The label’s first signing is French artist James BKS.
“James is a rare find,” the man who played Stringer Bell on The Wire told Billboard. “His hip-hop sensibilities transfer to the other music he makes, he’s a nice person to work with and is gonna be a strong artist in the future. It’s a huge move for 7Wallace, a small indie label.”
Prior to signing with 7Wallace, James already boasted a loaded resume.
As a producer, he’s worked with the likes of Diddy and Talib Kweli. Additionally, the creative house he launched, Grown Kid, has composed music for luxury brands including Yves Saint-Laurent and Prada.
Months prior to this week’s announcement, James posted a photo of himself with Elba on Instagram and wrote “we up to something @idriselba” in part of his caption.
James will be releasing a single titled “Kwlele” on July 13.
Check out some French rap produced by James BKS below.