If you’ve recently found yourself wondering when Bow Wow’s new album is coming out, this update is for you so pay attention.
On Friday, the rapper/actor shared a lengthy video message with fans using his Facebook, announcing he and Cash Money Records are no more. “No more Cash Money. No bad blood though! All love… (This is my answer, so when i do interviews pls dont ask the question) thanks” was the caption that went along with the posting.
For those who lost track of him, the 28-year-old rapper has been stuck on the shelf at Cash Money Records since 2009 and been plugging the release of an album, Underrated, that never materialized.
“This is me waking up and looking myself in the mirror, analyzing myself and asking myself, ‘What do want out of your career? What do you wanna do?,’ Bow said in the six-minute video soliloquy. “I have so much music that needs to be heard. That wants to be heard by my fans. And I feel like it’s unfair. I’ve been quiet now for four years. I didn’t wanna say nothing because I wanted to make sure the time was right. And I wanted to make sure that I said what I wanted to say, it was said correctly. With that being said I feel like I had to part ways.”
“I want to dictate when my music come out” he continued. “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.”
But before all that, Bow let the chopper loose with a more pointed message for Birdman and Slim’s business tactics, saying “cats a rob they own kind for the power and bread.”
Bow joins the ranks of artists who aren’t f*cking with Cash Money musically. Lil Wayne, Tyga, Lil Twist, Mystikal, Busta Rhymes and probably some other tax write-offs I’m overlooking have either left, in the process of leaving and/or expressed their displeasure with how their careers and music were being handled. If Tyga wasn’t getting checks then it’s already a given that Birdman probably threw Bow Wow an advance and never gave him another red cent. In fact, it wouldn’t be farfetched to assume that he had to buy his way out of the contract, so Bird’s greasing the guy coming and going.
Young Shad goes on to say he’s embarking on a new situation with Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri, “to the creators and masters who branded” him. He also claims to have fans who’ve “been wanting to hear that new Bow Wow sh*t,” although I really don’t know anyone who falls under the category. That’s not to say the guy hasn’t had his share of hits over the years, because he clearly has. But, he’s got the TV money flowing, which has to be better than whatever rap checks are these days. I’d stick with that.
Reuniting with JD is a solid option if the music bug is still biting at Bow. Do that and release a joint project with Snoop and he could find himself right back in the mix of things.