Chamillionaire sat down with AllHipHop.com and further explained his recent revelation that he has split with Universal Records, which was once home to the Grammy Award winning rapper and his label Chamillitary Records.
The rapper's album third album Venom was delayed several times throughout 2010, due to creative differences between Chamillionaire and Universal, his recording home for the past six years.
"The reason why I haven't released any music for a while is because I was trying to get off of Universal," Chamillionaire explained to AllHipHop.com. "For a while I felt like I was fighting against the machine that was supposed to be supporting me."
According to Chamillionaire, Universal reps wanted him to record more "Pop" friendly records and pressured him to recreate his 2005 hit "Ridin' Dirty" with Krayzie Bone, which earned the pair a Grammy Award.
Instead of compromising the vision for his music, the tech-savvy artist refused to release his highly third album Venom during his dispute with the label.
As a result of his parting with Universal, Venom has been permanently shelved, along with all of the material Chamillionaire recorded during his deal with Universal.
"I left under the terms that I couldn't put out Venom or anything recorded while I was there," Chamillionaire revealed to AllHipHop.com.
While fans may be disappointed, the freedom clears the way for Chamillionaire to release more material, more in tune with his personal goals for his own music.
"I just wanted to be able to get back control so I can release content how and when I want to," Chamillionaire told AllHipHop.com. "These labels spend more time complaining about 'rap music' that isn't pop enough than actually supporting a brand and a vision."
Chamillionaire is working on a new series titled Playlist Poison.
Rapper David Banner will be iinducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame during a ceremony to be held tonight.
Banner was honored during a private ceremony that took place in his hometown of, Jackson, along with artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty, Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, Elvis Presley and others.
"For so long we travel around the world as artists trying to find our place in the scheme of things," Banner said in a statement. "There is nothing like being recognized at home…I am honored and humbled to be in great musical company.”
David Banner is a Grammy Award winning producer, who launched his career as a member of the group Crooked Lettaz with Kamikaze in 1998.
He has gone on to make hits like "Like A Pimp," "Play" and "Get Like Me," in addition to producing songs for Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and gospel group Mary Mary.
Additionally Banner created the theme to the video game "Saints Row," as well as the music for the popular "Evolve" Gatorade commercial.
David Banner recently released his critically acclaimed album Death of A Pop Star with producer 9th Wonder.
"You can’t find a weak verse or weak beat on this album nowhere, period," David Banner told AllHipHop.com of the album.
"If we talk about substance in music period, why in the hell are people scared to give us what we deserve? There is no music, there is no album that’s like me and 9th Wonder, period," Banner said.
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After experiencing a monster recovery, both in the booth and on the charts, rap heavyweight Eminem, is ready to reemerge with the next chapter of his label, Shady Records, and XXL has all of the details in our forthcoming March 2011 issue. [See cover below]
XXL’s EIC Vanessa Satten had the opportunity to sit down with the Detroit lyricist and his newest signees—underground supergroup Slaughterhouse, which consists of Royce Da 5’ 9”, Joe Budden, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz, as well as buzzing Alabama upstart Yelawolf—to talk about their plans to take over the rap game as Shady 2.0.
According to Em, this new roster signifies a rebirth of his company Shady Records, which, founded in 1999, lost steam after several members parted ways (Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Bobby Creekwater) three years ago. “Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady,” Em says in the story. “The new generation of Shady Records.”
While it was no surprise to rap fans that Marshall Mathers was interested in signing the super lyrical crew of his former rap partner, Royce, Em’s deal with up-and-coming Southern rapper, Yela, came as a surprise to the hip-hop nation. But, similar to Slaughterhouse, Em started out as a fan of quick-tongued Alabama MC. “I saw the video to ‘Pop the Trunk,’ and I was like, ‘Yo, this is fuckin’ dope,’ Em says. “I took the CD home that I had already had and started listening to the shit, and I was like, ‘Fuck, he can spit.’”
With the new Shady in tow, Eminem may be ushering in a return to wordplay in hip-hop, something that hip-hop heads have been missing from the genre for quite some time. “It just feels good to put lyricism in the forefront again, in my eyes,” Joell Ortiz says in the article. “Some of my heroes, when I came up rhymin’, were Biggie Smalls, Big L—rest in peace to all these—Big Pun. Dudes who were passionate about the way they put words together, the message they sent when they rhymed, and just bein’ ill with the pen. And I feel like this group, and Yelawolf and Em, are dudes who stand for that. And it’s good to see the pure form gettin’ shine again.”
“‘Be afraid,’” Royce warns other rap crews, “cause as soon as we make the announcement that Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf is signed to Shady, not even 30 days after that, it’s on the cover of the biggest hip-hop magazine.”
Along with the Shady 2.0 cover story, XXL’s March 2011 issue will also feature articles on Young Money’s latest signee Cory Gunz, and Saigon, as he attempts to make a comeback with the long delayed release of his debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told. Rap vet Snoop Dogg, who on the eve of dropping his 11th solo album, Doggumentary Music, also reveals 11 important lessons he learned along the way. In addition, XXL investigates The Fugees’s breakup on the 15th anniversary of the release of their classic album, The Score, the state of the battle rap scene, and hip-hop’s obsession with the Illuminati.
To read these stories and much more be sure to pick up XXL’s March 2011 issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on February 8.