Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Busta Rhymes is without a Record Label

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Following his stint at J Records, Busta Rhymes ended up signing with Dr. Dre at Aftermath Entertainment. Despite having his own record label, Busta Rhymes decided to sign a deal with a smaller label. This signing had instant results with his The Big Bang album being a critical success.

However, when Busta Rhymes was ready to release his second album under Aftermath/Interscope, he was met with much resistance. After two years of battling, Busta Rhymes had an altercation with Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Records, which led to him being removed from the label.

Busta Rhymes immediately signed with Universal Records and they released his next album. While his singles were met with strong radio play, his album, Back on my B.S. did not sell very well. Initially, Busta Rhymes hoped to release his next album, his final, in the fall of 2009. However, label politics stopped this from happening. Instead, the album was delayed until 2010 and now until 2011.

With half of 2011 already gone, it seems as if Busta Rhymes may not release an album this year, at all. His manager, Chris Lighty, spoke on the situation. Lighty said if fans are waiting for Universal Records to release his album, they will be waiting for a long time. According to his manager, Busta Rhymes is currently without a record label. Still, though, Busta Rhymes' new music is receiving heavy radio rotation.


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