News: Omarion On Leaving Young Money, "[Bow Wow] Didn't Have Anything To Do W/ Me Wanting To Be Released"
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 11:15AM
Former Young Money artist Omarion recently spoke on eaving Lil Wayne's label and said Bow Wow his former collaborator and recent Cash Money Records signee did not force him to part ways.
Omarion also described the importance of being a "superstar" without being overshadowed by Weezy's presence.
"Business-wise, Young Money and Cash Money are two totally separate entities," O explained in an interview. "Wayne has his group of artists and Cash Money has its group of artists. It is one big family but Bow Wow, he's under Birdman. That didn't have anything to do with me wanting to be released...The whole Young Money situation was a really, really great idea in the beginning. But when I really started to think about the history of superstars, you know, they stand alone, including Wayne, Kanye [West]...So when I thought about that I really wanted to pursue, and at that moment I had an opportunity to not only be an entertainer and stand on my own, but be an entrepreneur." (Vibe)
Omarion recently decided to form his own imprint with EMI.
Omarion will be releasing the new album via his label imprint, Starworld Entertainment, through EMI Label Services. The multi-platinum superstar will release his anticipated third studio album, Ollusion, on November 24th. Throughout each record on the forthcoming release, Omarion showcases his growth as an artist and entertainer. The triple threat known for his vocal, dancing and acting abilities, penned and co-produced all of the songs on Ollusion. Producers who collaborated on the album include Tank, King, Detail and 253, among others; along with guest appearances by Gucci Mane and Fabolous. (PR Newswire)
Omarion responded to fans' concerns via Twitter in August about why he decided to leave Weezy's label after signing around June.
"How kan I fall or get dropped when lam "gravity"...and jah is by my side being tha force that's driving and parachuting my arriving plateau," he wrote on Thursday (August 20). "What up tweep's good day.There's alot of people thinking i got dropped from Y.m that has never nor will ever b the kase I asked to b...realeased,I didnt get dropped.I wish wayne and all of Y.m good luck for there future. There r no hard feelings,business is business and I..made a decision that I felt was best for me..ALBUM OLLUSION still koming video still koming really soon luv yall thanx for holdin me down!" (Omarion's Twitter)
The former B2K frontman reportedly inked his Young Money deal in early summer.
Drake hasn't finalized his highly-anticipated major label deal yet, but friend and collaborator Omarion, who appeared on Drake's popular So Far Gone mixtape, has found a label home. Omarion has signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money imprint, becoming Drake's labelmate. Speculation about the signing started when fellow singer, Tyrese, posted a Twitter message several days ago congratulating him on his new deal. Omarion took to his own Twitter page just yesterday (June 1) and confirmed that he is indeed signed to Young Money. (Billboard)
Check out a portion of Young Money artist Shanell's SOHH interview speaking on Omarion below: