Being signed to a major label is tough. There are contracts that can go sour and creative disagreements that will always piss someone off, and when someone’s pissed off…all of their followers will know. Just imagine if TLC had a Twitter!?—Kymmi Cee | @kymmiceelive
1. Gambino gets the Internet, his label does not.
After dropping the video for “Sweatpants” Gambino took it to Twitter to express his feelings on a few issues that surrounded the visual’s production. He started by tweeting: “so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us.” He continues, “and it wasn’t handled correctly.” Gambino ends his Twitter rant with a “my team is honest. ur not on my team if ur not honest. dont lie to me.” You can only imagine the frustration and tweets in between. Who ever said Twitter wasn’t therapy?
i said "i know how the internet works tho" my record company laughed on the phone and said "oh really?"
— Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014
2. Jeezy and Def Jam: S(no)w Go
Jeezy took shots at his label last November when he felt they didn’t go hard enough promoting during the release of his album, TM:103. So, he did what any other angry rapper does…tweet about it.
“Lucian and Barry boss up… or my fans gonna get an early xmas gift beeleedat #SNOWMAN”.
He continued with a “Where @LA Reid when u need him #RIPShakirStewart,” tweet and ended his frustration by releasing a track titled “Foul Play.” Ouch.
3. Kid Cudi apologizes on behalf of Universal.
In 2012, Kid Cudi wasn’t satisfied with the amount of support his label Universal Republic showed his new album, WZRD, claiming they never even gave him or his producer and collaborator, Dot Da Genius, a copy of the album. Again, how mad can a rapper really be if he doesn’t tweet about it?
“Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right [sic] off. So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label,” he tweeted. “And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak ass major label.” Cudi continues his rant. “They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? Fuck that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014”
Cudi ends his rant with a clever, “What they gon’ do, spank me?” tweet. Oh Cudi. Of course, they’re not.
4. Less money, mo probelems.
5. Interscope Records disappoints 50 ):
50 Cent threatened to leak a Dr. Dre single in 2011 after Interscope Records “dropped the ball” once again.
“Man I’m not releasing a album i can’t believe Interscope is this fucked up right now. I apologize to all my fans,” he, you guessed it, tweeted. “I will work with other artist on there projects but I will not put out another album,” he continued. “They dropped the ball with me one time to many. I LOVE DRE but I’m putting his next single psycho out tomorrow at 2:00 #SK.”
Needless to say, an emotional 50 bounced from Interscope…and “Detox” is YET to have been heard.
6. Scarface’s got a few things to say about label execs’, ahem, backgrounds.
During an interview with Hardknock.tv last Spring, Houston native Scarface expressed a few of his thoughts on the dominance of hip-hop.
“I feel like the people that are in control of what hip hop does is so fucking white and so fucking Jewish until they don’t give a fuck about what the culture and the craft or what it really is. I don’t know if them motherfuckers trying to…let me say it right because I want this to be as offensive as I can possibly make it for these old ass punks that’s running these record labels,” he ranted. “They’re in these powerful positions to dictate what the black community hears and listens to. I fucking hate that shit, like that shit pisses me off. Like it’s no fucking way that you could tell me that it’s not a conspiracy against the blacks in hip hop because you put out fucking records that make us look stupid. You make us look dumb. You brainwash the generation of hip hop with this fucking crud.”
Geeze, Scarface. Tell us why you mad!
7. Lupe hates his own album, sometimes.
In an interview with Complex, Lupe went off about how he was pressured into doing “The Show Goes On” saying he had nothing to do with that record, but his frustrations didn’t end there. It seems that the constant pushback of his album, Lasers, caused some resentment with his label, Atlantic Records.
“One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I’ll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record—which is something I can’t separate—I hate this album…When I think about everything that I went through on this record, I hate this album.”