Rapper/actor Shad Moss Has Parted Ways With Hip-hop Mogul Bryan 'Birdman' Williams' Cash Money Records After Failing To Release A New Album In His Six Years With The Label.
The Like You hitmaker, also known as Bow Wow, signed to the firm which helped turn Lil Wayne into a superstar in 2009, but despite unveiling a handful of singles over the years, his long-awaited seventh studio album, Underrated, failed to materialise.
Now Moss has announced he has left the company and reunited with his former mentors, producer Jermaine Dupri and rapper Snoop Dogg.
The 28 year old announced the news in a video posted to Facebook.com on Friday (08May15), stating, "This is a peaceful situation. This is me waking up and looking myself in the mirror, analysing myself and asking myself, 'What do (you) want out of your career? What do you wanna do?' 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 (sic) 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 wanna dictate when my music come out (sic)... I just can't be held up up by nobody. It's as simple as that. I got a daughter. I got (a) family I gotta provide for. Why not go back to the creators and masters who branded me? That's Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri. This is gonna make my new situation even more monumental. I wanted to be my own man. I wanted to be a boss and call my own shots."
The star hopes his video explanation will be enough to move past the label change.
Alongside the video, he writes, "No more Cash Money. No bad blood though! All love... (This is my answer, so when i do interviews pls (please) dont ask the question) thanks (sic)."
Moss' departure emerges as Cash Money Records bosses continue to battle a $51 million (£34 million) lawsuit from Lil Wayne, who is demanding they pay up over funds he is allegedly owed, or release him from his contract.
Fellow rappers Tyga and Lil Twist have also been fighting to be let go from the label since late last year (14).