Back at the start of May, Black Rob revealed that he was no longer with Bad Boy
and later confirmed that he had no contract with the label.
Diddy was asked about the situation in May by RapRadar
"We letting Rob just do what he want to do right now," he said. "He feel like coming home, he can do that. He got his freedom to do what he want to do. It's all love. We there for him, to support him."
I've maintained coverage of Rob here, in order to let some of the dust settle. But, as time passes, it seems more and more likely that he is off of the label and even he has said that this is the case. As such, today Bad Boy Blog will cease coverage of him.
Of course, if any additional news should break regarding a return to Bad Boy, we'll have it here. In the mean time, as a fan, I wish Black Rob the best of luck in his future endeavors.
On Twitter, Lil' Cease mentioned
that Black Rob would be featured on a record with Peedi Crakk for Cease's upcoming mixtape. He said he would leak the record next week (now this week).
In an interview with MTV's Shaheem Reid
, Black Rob took responsibility for his lack of albums over the years and revealed that he'll be doing five volumes of his "Game Tested, Street Approved" mixtape. After that, he says that they'll release an album in the first or second quarter of next year, titled "Losing's Not an Option." Check out the clip below.
"I'mma tell you like this," Rob told Mixtape Daily. "I'm blaming myself for that. I wasn't focused. I was running around wild-style. I'm out of town. I'm [telling my label]: 'I'm never coming back to New York.' I didn't have the work ethic that I have right now. If I had the work ethic that I have right now, I'd probably be 10 albums deep. But things happen. We not gonna cry over it. One thing I do know is that the two albums I did put out, they solidified my name and a brand. Therefore, I can come home and do it again. Those two albums left the door wide-open. Like, 'B.R. is nasty. He can come right back.' Not too many people can do what I'm doing right now. Come back home after doing four joints, five joints and pop off again," the rapper said, referring to his time behind bars. "This is a testament right now."
According to his Twitter page
, Black Rob's new mixtape, "Game Tested & Street Approved," will be released on July 4.
In a wide ranging interview with HipHopDX
, Black Rob talks about his time in prison, his past run-ins with the law, publishing issues (mentioned in a new track "Delusional"
) and more. He also confirms that, as of two days ago, he is no longer under contract with Bad Boy Records.
HipHopDX: I just gotta start off by saying that “Delusional” , that s*** goes hard… Now, you know I gotta have you elaborate on that second verse… “How this dude got my publishing checks in a tight yoke…Wrote contracts up that’s designed to leave you broke…”
Black Rob: I don’t want nobody to get [any] misconceptions that I was talking about Puffy. I’m not talking about Puffy. See, when I signed to Bad Boy [Records] I was already [in a production] deal with [someone else.] We [had] already signed a contract that was designed to [basically] invest in him my whole career – a publishing check, a recording contract. So, it’s not Puffy. Puffy ain’t got my publishing checks in a tight yoke, Puff got the publishing that I gave him [from] the initial signing of the contract. [But], Puff ain’t got my publishing checks, it’s this Ray Roterio dude that we’re looking for, [but] we can’t find him…[In the song when I say] “the mirrors and the smoke was fooling the town’s folk,” that’s [about] Bad Boy. I just wanna make it clear. ...
DX: I understand that Puff wants you back on Bad Boy?
Black Rob: It was something spoke about it like that with the Vice President of Bad Boy, [Harve Pierre], myself and Puffy on the phone. But, Puffy’s doing what he’s doing right now with all these other artists. So, I’m not gonna try to take a backseat to none of these artists that ain’t selling no records. Ain’t none of them selling more records than me. None of ‘em sold more records than me, so I’m not gon’ take a backseat to none of them dudes. None of them n***** is better than me. I don’t care how many records you make my man.
I'm a big fan of Black Rob. I have bought his music, multiple copies of it in some cases. But, there is something seriously wrong with this statement. Black Rob's first album, "Life Story" was a great album. It went platinum. Going platinum in 2000 is probably akin to selling 250,000-400,000 records today. It had a big hit in "Whoa," which peaked at 43 on The Billboard Hot 100. That was the only record to hit that chart, from the album, album that spawned four music videos. It was a successful album, credit to everyone involved. There are many reasons Black Rob sold that many records. It wasn't just because of Black Rob.
Black Rob recently spoke with The Syndicate
about the time he spent in jail, his situation at Bad Boy and a lot more. It's an interesting interview, though the hosts do talk a little slick, let's say. I suppose that that is part of the shtick of this particular show. Let's cover the highlights.
Black Rob told the hosts that Diddy did not visit him during his time in prison. He had hinted at this previously
"I really don't care," he said when asked about it. He was told that Diddy visited Lil' Wayne
. "So, what? I'm B.R. I'm from Spanish Harlem. Man, I don't know him. I don't know Puffy. Puffy ain't have to come see me." Toward the end of the interview, he also criticized people who don't write their own records. One of the hosts mentioned Diddy specifically, but Rob didn't.
Nonetheless, he confirmed speaking with Diddy
. When asked if he was considering a return to Bad Boy, he said no. But, he went on to clarify the reasoning for that.
After the Diddybeats launch event in New York
, Diddy took to the streets and Rap Radar followed
. They asked him about the status of Black Rob
, who recently told BET that he was no longer on Bad Boy
. Check out the clip below. Essentially, the exchange went like this:
Have you spoken to Black Rob?
"Yeah, I spoke to Rob. Rob's doing good."
Are you going to sign him back to Bad Boy?
"We letting Rob just do what he want to do right now. He feel like coming home, he can do that. He got his freedom to do what he want to do. It's all love. We there for him, to support him."
It's hard to take from this, whether Black Rob is completely released from Bad Boy or if it's just been given the OK to go create and release music on the mixtape or indie end.
Black Rob's Twitter account
has provided a free download
link for a new track titled "Ventilation."
On his Twitter, it was announced
that Black Rob would appear on G-Unit Radio on Shade 45
from 1 to 2 PM. Presumably Eastern Time.