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Meek Mill Leaves Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Management

Meek Mill and Jay-Z.
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Meek Mill is not sharing places with Roc Nation. Sources advised Billboard that the rapper left Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation, with the rapper not showing on the label’s web site and social-media pages. In a press release shared on Twitter, Mill clarified that he nonetheless has his label imprint Dream Chasers Records, although he’s “personally handling my own business so I can take risk and grow.” “We came to that agreement together …” he continued. “I have a label deal with roc for my artist.” Vulture has reached out to Roc Nation and Mill’s representatives for remark. First signing a administration take care of Roc Nation in 2012, Mill inked a joint-venture deal in 2019 for his imprint of which he serves as president. Most just lately, Jay-Z and Mill teamed as much as assist the “Rap Music on Trial” invoice, a New York State Senate invoice that will restrict the use of rap lyrics as proof in legal instances, a follow that overwhelmingly impacts Black and brown defendants. It wasn’t the primary time Hov and Mill labored on criminal-justice reform collectively: In 2019, the duo created Reform Alliance, a nonprofit group made to fight unjust sentencing legal guidelines, after Mill’s controversial incarceration over popping a wheelie whereas on probation. Mill mentioned that he’s nonetheless “super tied” to Roc Nation and can proceed the Reform Alliance, together with different investments.

Signs that Mill was annoyed along with his label had been there. After the discharge of his album Expensive Pain earlier this year, Mill appeared to accuse Roc Nation in a tweet of placing “nothing” into the project. “They didn’t put nothing into expensive pain and then said I can’t drop another project for 9 months at the end of my contract after I made them 100’s of millions,” he wrote. “How would can [sic] anybody survive that … most rappers can’t speak because they depend on these companies ‘I don’t.’” The album debuted at No. 3 on the “Billboard 200.” After information of his departure broke, Mill mentioned these tweets had been really geared toward Atlantic Records, not Roc Nation or his different label, Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group. In different tweets, he accused Atlantic Records of ruining his relationship with Roddy Ricch. “So look I made Atlantic records 100’s of millions and let them rape me out out Roddy a artist [sic] they came to me about in jail … they still saying I can’t drop music until 9 months after my last album got blackballed,” he said, persevering with, “that label separated us instantly when the millions came in from him.”

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