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Flint rapper Jon Connor signs with Aftermath Entertainment

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(10/16/13) - After years of being passed over by big-name record labels, Flint rapper Jon Connor has finally found his home.

The rapper announced at the end of his Cypher appearance on the BET Hip Hop Awards that he has signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.

Connor's announcement, and electrifying performance, ended months of speculation, and years of Connor flying under the radar when it came to the major record labels.

ABC12 watched the announcement with Jon's mother, Mahaley Freeman. She says it was surreal to see her son on such a big stage, and finally getting his due.

"I can't describe it," Freeman told us, fighting back tears. "It's something we knew would always happen, that he'd be up there. I'm just very proud right now."

Speculation of Connor signing with Aftermath began earlier this fall when his manager, Mateen Cleaves, Tweeted a picture of the two Flint natives along with Dr. Dre at the legendary rapper's home in California.

The Flint Powers Catholic High School graduate becomes the second Michigan rapper signed to Aftermath, the first being Detroit rapper Eminem. This isn't the first time the two have been connected, either. In April of 2012 Connor released the mixtape "The People's Rapper," which featured him dropping his own lyrics onto tracks of various Eminem songs.

Connor grew up on Flint's north side and released his latest album, "Unconscious State," earlier this summer on All-Varisty Entertainment, the record company he co-owns with Cleaves and NBA star and Saginaw native Jason Richardson, among others.

Freeman tell us, as exciting as Tuesday night was, this is just the beginning of Connor's journey.

"It was terrific, but there's more to come. You haven't seen anything yet," he said.

Stay with ABC 2 News and the Mid-Michigan Music Scene as we work to bring you much more on this story.

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