Why did Busta Rhymes leave Cash Money? ‘I’m not compromising’


In a recent interview with “Sway In the Morning,” hip-hop star Busta Rhymes stated that he was no longer on Cash Money Records and shared exactly why he and the label had to part ways. Rhymes explained that his leaving Cash Money and his previous departure from Aftermath Entertainment were not acrimonious at all.

“Actually, nothing happened in a negative way with Cash Money,” Rhymes said when asked to explain why he’d moved on. “And actually nothing happened in a negative way with Aftermath. I think the difference really with the Aftermath situation was more me and Interscope. You know what I’m saying? It was just creative issues that was just conflicting a little bit, but it led to other frustrations. That really had nothing to do with the creative s—. So, at that point a discussion was had,” he said.

“And the beautiful thing about these situations is that the stage that I was at at those times, everybody had already respected what I’ve built and what I’ve accomplished on my own prior to getting with them,” Rhymes continued. “Same thing with Cash Money. I was there for two years and the opportunity was a great opportunity at the time because of the type of deal that was done. I just had a conversation with Bird like, ‘Listen, bro. I’m grateful and everything is love with us, but I just gotta see this through the way that I want to see this through.’”

“For me, with this particular project and all of the sacrifice that went into it — recording the album for five years, I [lost] Chris Lighty making this album, I [lost] my father making this album — the s— I was putting into this album, I’m not compromising my vision for it,” Rhymes added.

“So if I feel like if, in the slightest way, we ain’t facilitating everything necessary for the vision to be seen and executed in the way I’m envisioning this s— for the last five years, let me live and die in my own iniquity.”

Busta also recently talked about his new track with Eminem, “Calm Down.”

“One thing that I love the most about working with Em is that he brings the best out of me and I was able to do the same for him,” Rhymes told Complex in early July. “It’s very much a rewarding feeling and an honor when you work with one of your favorites, and he invests time and is meticulous and makes corrections and adjustments. That just shows each other how much we respect each other’s pen and how much we respect each other’s ability and skill set.”

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