Rakim joined the label three years ago but never released his long awaited album, OH MY GOD.
Rakim's manager ZACH KATZ says in a statement, "He's already shopping a new deal. He's left Aftermath. They mutually decided to go their separate ways.
"There are reasons, but I really can't get into them, just basically creative differences. And he's already talking to other people. So that's really what it is."
Rakim's departure from Aftermath comes as a surprise because just two weeks ago the rapper claimed the wheels were in motion for his new release. He said, "Me and Dre, we about to do full-steam on it and hopefully we should have a single out towards the end of summer and the album will follow shortly after that. We finally got everything on track like we wanted."20/07/2003 21:22