Busta Rhymes stated that he was no longer on Cash Money Records, and shared exactly why he and the label had to part ways. Busta explained that his leaving Cash Money and his previous departure from Aftermath Entertainment were not acrimonious at all.
Young Money Records has new artist with a familiar name on its star-studded roster. Reginae…
Pop superstar Rihanna has departed her longtime label, Def Jam Recordings. The singer released all seven of her albums on the powerhouse label, but has now reportedly signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation as an artist. Jay signed Rihanna to Def Jam when he was label president in 2005. Her latest Def Jam release was 2012’s Unapologetic. Jay formed Roc Nation in 2009 and Rihanna split from her former manager, Marc Jordan, and inked a deal with Roc Nation’s management team in 2010.
Famously outspoken rapper Azealia Banks is going off on her record label, Universal. Banks publicly aired her grievances with her label in a series of Twitter posts this weekend, where she asked to be dropped due to her frustrations with “old white guys.”
Hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj shared a new track with her fans this week–only for her label to step in and yank it offline. This week, the rapstress posted a Soundcloud link for her new remix with PTAF, “Boss A– B—h”–much to the delight of her devoted base.
Ashanti feels that Irv Gotti’s comments regarding her departure from Murder, Inc. have been very one-sided
Producer Swizz Beatz was a major part of Ruff Ryders’ success, and he spoke recently about whether or not the label’s biggest group, the LOX, would be reuniting to work on a project.
Former Warner Music Group chief Lyor Cohen has announced the official launch of his new “content company,” 300. Cohen, alongside former WMG notables Kevin Liles and Todd Moscowitz are looking to spark a revolution in the way the music industry operates. All three men have long ties in the industry and as colleagues: Moscowitz is the ex-president of Warner Bros, Liles was formerly the executive vice president. All three men also worked together at Def Jam.
The hills and valleys of Dame Dash’s career have been well-documented. In the last several years, fans have witnessed Dash’s fall; from amongst the top-tier hip-hop moguls to an industry footnote struggling through financial and legal hardship. In a recent interview with VladTV, superproducer Just Blaze shared his perspective on the Roc-A-Fella co-founder’s decline.
In an interview with VIBE, Roc Nation rapper J. Cole revealed that he came very close to joining 50 Cent’s G-Unit label. The North Carolina native said that he impressed members of the G-Unit crew after he visited 50 Cent’s home several years ago.