Atlanta-based record label Xist Music announced the signing of a new artist on Wednesday, Freshman 15 member Davis Absolute.

“We signed Davis Absolute to carry the torch of great artistry and a powerful message,” Xist Music’s CEO, T. Black, said. “We’re excited to support him as an artist!”

“He brings a fresh, young energy, with well-thought out lyricism and creativity,” Xist Music President and fellow artist Sean Simmonds said. “With his ‘rising freshman’ status, he helps position us for the long-term. The future look extremely bright!”

The past two January’s, Davis Absolute released free albums on Rapzilla, Thought Poet in 2014 and Grown in 2015. His debut album is more than halfway done and will be one of several 2016 Xist releases, according to the label, which wrote the following of him in its press release.

“Davis Absolute, real name Akande Davis, was born to a military family and fell in love with hip-hop at an early age. Strongly influenced by legendary hip-hop artists like Nas, the Fugees, Saigon, Rakim, Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar, you can find traces of those great MC’s in his music. Davis looks to spread his message of positivity and true happiness through his music, aiming to captivate listeners through his lyrics. Venturing outside the realm of material possessions and short-lived pleasures. Davis touches on real topics and meaningful discussion through his music, communicating a message with staying power.”

“I’m a hip-hop artist with a message that’s far from the media’s inaccurate representation of life’s true meaning,” Davis Absolute said. “Love, life, religion and the struggle of trying beat to your circumstances are woven throughout lyrics of a truth that’s heartfelt and absolute. This is the way hip hop is supposed to be.”