( 4UMF NEWS ) Bow Wow Says Goodbye To Cash Money:
When it’s all said and done, who’s going to be left on Cash Money Records?
The label just suffered another major blow today with Bow Wow’s announcement that he’s officially done with Birdman’s record company. The announcement comes months after former CM artists Jay Sean, Tyga, Busta Rhymes and Mystikal chucked the deuce to the label. And it also comes as Lil Wayne continues his fight to leave, reportedly prepping to re-file his $51 million lawsuit against his “daddy” for failure to pay royalties and other promised earnings.
While Bow Wow says it’s all love between him and Birdman and is appreciative for everything he’s learned from the label boss, it seems as though not getting a release date is why things went sour. Bow Wow said he realized he it was time for him to “be a man” and find himself a new situation where he, and no one else, can dictate when his music comes out.
The departure also means a reunion between Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri. Before Bow became a Cash Money Millionaire in 2009, JD had hopes of relaunching So So Def with his former artist, but the 28-year-old rapper felt being on CM was a better move.
First and foremost, I got so much respect for Birdman. A lot of respect. This is a man who took the risk on signing me. Not only that, but a person who opened up his space to me. We’ve had so many ill conversations that I’ve learned from and taken to heart. Anytime you get a chance to be around somebody who is as smart as he is, who I consider a musical genius. I mean, you gotta have some type of genius genes to be able to put out the artist he’s put out over the last couple of years. Anytime you get a chance to be around a person like that, you want to learn from them. That’s what I did. I’m an observer [and] I study. I wanna thank Birdman for that. I never had other issues that other artists are having. I never had that with him. This is not one of those situations. It’s a peaceful situation.
On Choosing To Leave Cash Money:
What this is is me waking up and looking at myself in the mirror and analyzing myself and just asking myself, ‘What is that you want out of your career? What do you want to do?’ And I got everything in pocket. I got so much music that needs to be heard and that wants to be heard from my fans. I just felt like it was unfair. I’ve been quiet now for four years and I didn’t want to say nothing because I wanted to wait until the time was right, and I wanted to make sure that what I said what I wanted to say was…it was said correctly.
And with that being said, i just felt like I had to part ways, y’all. I want to dictate when my music come out. I’m tired of going to the studio, making records and then I’ll listen to them cause then they’ll get old. Then y’all ask for the music and when I put it out, it’s like I don’t even want to hear it because I’ve been listening to it for two or three months. That has to stop, man. I got so many records and they gotta be heard. I just can’t be held up by nobody. It’s as simple as that. The wheel gotta keep me moving. I got a daughter, I got a family I gotta provide for and I gotta keep the wheel moving. It don’t stop.
On Hooking Back Up With Snoop and Jermaine Dupri:
I been doing this since five years old. I should have the knowledge, I should know what it takes to succeed in this business. I don’t really need crutch or handicap no more. I also wanted to get back with guys who knew Bow Wow, who knew what I’m about, my brand, my music, my sound, my everything. [So] why not go back to the creators, the masters who branded me, who brought me to the world. That’s Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri. Now that I have both of them in cahoots with each other, this is only going to make my new situation even more monumental. Now I have two iconic legends who are backing me 1,000 percent and that’s all I wanted.
I just wanted a team who believed in me, who understood my vision and was ready to go to war with me. That’s not saying [Cash Money] didn’t want to do that, but it’s the fact the time is ticking and I ain’t got time to waste. I got fans out here in the world, even Europe, everywhere, all around the world, that’s been wanting to hear that new Bow Wow sh*t. And y’all know I got that sh*t and I’ma give it to y’all. But it has to be the right way, and I felt this is the right step for me to get to that point of where I need to be.
That’s all it is y’all. I just really wanted to be my own man, my own boss, I wanted to call my own shots. I got NDI vodka which I own, Asphalt Yacht Club [clothing line], my film career. Of course, I got a tight hold on that. But I never had full control over my music career, but now I do, and that’s what I always wanted.
Today, I’m officially a boss. I don’t work for nobody. I work for myself. I don’t mind working for CBS! Let me rephrase that! I do work for somebody. I do work for CBS! Them checks is crazy so I don’t mind working for them, okay?! That’s something totally different.
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