It's official. After DJ Drama let it slip a couple months ago on his radio show that EarthGang might be signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records, the Atlanta duo, composed of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, have officially announced the signing.

In a video that accompanied the announcement, you see Cole talking to Venus and Dot back in 2015 about why he feels like their perspective is so important to Atlanta.

"When niggas think about Atlanta, they think about super trap shit. They think about Future... and Future is the god right now in that world, in that lane, but it's like... them kids you seen at that show tonight? Them 3,000 kids, and then there was thousands more that didn't make it in, they actually relate more to y'all," Cole tells them before offering his support and guidance. Two years later, it's an official record deal.

EarthGang has long been part of the Spillage Village crew, which also claims J.I.D, another Atlanta rapper and recent Dreamville signee, as a member. In 2016, Cole spit a verse on a Spillage Village cut called "Can't Call It" after his feature was originally on DJ Khaled's Major Key album as "Jermaine's Interlude."

Longtime fans know EarthGang has been making some of the purest hip-hop we've heard in a while for years now, but to sign to Cole's label under Interscope is validation that you don't need to sell out to get on. Their new EP Rags drops tonight. Make sure to spin it when it drops.

New Music Releases for September 2017

More From XXL