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Vinny Cha$e is now part of the Epic Records family. Amid rumors that he was joining the Bad Boy roster, Cha$e confirmed to MTV News that he has signed a label deal.

The announcement came, after he posted a photo of a bottle of champion in celebration of the deal.

Reportedly worth $2.5 million, the money wasn’t the sole motivation behind the Harlem native’s decision, as he will also hold on to his publishing rights.

Despite not choosing Team Diddy, ChaSe called the Bad Boy founder his “idol,” praising him for his accomplishments. “He started in the game young, just like us,” he told MTV in an interview, last month. “A lotta people told him he couldn’t do this, and he couldn’t do that. He made it through all of these things, through the whole way he kept repping Harlem. He put Harlem in such a special place, by putting other people, like Ma$e, on. You dig what I’m saying? I just think that’s dope.”

Diddy may have helped put Harlem on the Hip-Hop map, but he’s since escaped the New York weather in lieu of the sunny skies of Hollywood. The father of six relocated out West to work on his budding acting career, and be closer to his children.

No matter the location change, Diddy’s  musical legacy deserves recognition, as the “Biggie & Jordans” rapper pointed out. “To come from Harlem and to be on the Forbes list, that ain’t nothin’ to be sneezed at, and I hope to follow in those footsteps with my squad.”

In addition to keeping his publishing, ChaSe’s record deal includes a space for his Cheer$ Club imprint.

Photo: MTV News