Rapper Lil Kleine will break with his record label Top Notch at the end of this year, in order to be able to release his music independently. According to his spokesperson it is time for him to take a step toward adulthood.
Lil Kleine was a Top Notch member since the beginning. The future will see the rapper be supported by music giant Sony Music as well as independent music platform OWNIT. Jorik Scholten as he is called, retains the rights to his music. He can, in his own words: “decide for his self which musical route he takes”. Scholten now has full control over his creativity, music releases, collaborations, and other expressions.
Lil Kleine became known to the general public in 2015 with the track Drank & Drugs, a collaboration with Ronnie Flex and Jack $hirak. It was a huge hit in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as Germany. Two multi-platinum albums followed Wop! (2016) in Alone (2017). The rapper has several number 1 hits to his name, including newspaper district, Millionaire on Past. He is also among the most streamed Dutch artists.
After Lil Kleine’s arrest in Ibiza, Top Notch was criticized for not responding. At the end of May, the rapper was briefly stuck in Ibiza, because he would have mistreated his then fiancée, Jaimie Vaes. Vaes, the mother of Lil Kleine’s 2-year-old son Lío, ran injured and bloodied into the lobby of the hotel, according to sources. Sources say her clothes were torn, and the room in which she stayed was also destroyed.
The Spanish police eventually dismissed the case. Jaimie Vaes and Lil Kleine posted a video in the which they claimed that there had been no assault. Lil Kleine did indeed “better do something”. Vaes has “chosen for him”. The rapper and she no longer live together.
She shared their Insta stories last week, in which they can be seen kissing at an Amsterdam festival. He recently visited Ibiza with his family. The rapper spoke out on 100% NL to say that even though the gossip made it seem like the marriage was over, it is not. Kleine said that “it just continues.” It seems like the couple has ended their relationship.