News: Obie Trice Defends Ditching Shady/Interscope Records: "I Was Kind Of Reckless, Not On Time"
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 3:15PM
Former Shady Records artist Obie Trice recently reflected on his 2008 departure from Eminem's burgeoning label and why Interscope Records chairman, Jimmy Iovine, was his biggest enemy.
Claiming his bond with Eminem will always remain in tact, Trice revealed that issues with Interscope's Iovine is what ultimately forced him off the label.
"The thing with Shady [Records] was it was an Interscope [Records]-type situation. Me and [Interscope Records Chairman] Jimmy Iovine was having issues back then. I was kind of reckless, not on time, certain things and he didn't want to further the project with me so we tried to work it out but it just didn't come to a head so I had to do what I had to do. [Eminem], you know that's his boss so he really didn't have any say-so in that. It was more of a Jimmy Iovine/Obie Trice-type situation. That's still my family though, Shady Records. As you know Eminem is on the album doing production and performing so we still going to get this money together, nothing changes that and that's my brother forever, me and Em forever close. It was more so just a big company/Jimmy." (Hip Hop DX)
Trice blamed his young age and life inexperience as contributing factors to his unfocused demeanor.
"I [would] miss the Big Boy's [Neighborhood] radio show. It'd be seven in the morning when I'm supposed to be there in L.A. and I got there and the Interscope rep took me out and we hung out and I kind of barricaded myself in a room," Trice added. "You know I was young, fresh out the hood, jumped into this music thing. It was a little overwhelming for me, I didn't seize the moment when I should've so I had to move on and that's just how things go, it's a business first and that's just how it was. Everything cool though, those are still my people over there at Interscope and Shady, that's family for life." (Hip Hop DX)
In 2008, Eminem's manager issued a statement announcing the rapper's departure.
"Shady Records has agreed to allow Obie Trice to pursue his craft in a different forum free from the constraints of the current major label model," Em's manager Paul Rosenberg said in a statement. "Eminem will continue to support and work with Obie on many levels of his career. He remains a close friend and member of the Shady family." (Rap Basement)
Having dropped two albums through Interscope, Obie spoke to SOHH back in 2009 about his Special Reserve compilation record.
"Me and my man [MoSS] from Toronto, h*ll of a producer, we're putting the music out there that we did back in the day and just putting it out there, it's some old-school, new-school hip-hop sh*t," Obie told SOHH. "When Bottom's Up comes out, then we'll talk about that Shady sh*t. This is some of the music that signed me to Eminem's label. All of the songs were done between 1997 and 2000," MoSS added. "This is an album that we were getting ready right before Shady called Obie." (SOHH)
Check out some recent Obie Trice footage below: