Former Bad Boy Records artist Black Rob has cleared the air on speculation that his upcoming Game Tested, Street Approved solo album will be an anti-Diddy themed project.
Despite no longer being under Diddy’s watch and having called out his former boss last year, Rob said there is no beef with Puff.
“I mean, I dib and dab in the Bad Boy subject but I’m not pin-pointing anyone. If the shoe fits wear it. I’m not trying to cause a war ’cause it’s not even worth it. I feel like at the end of the day I’ma be BR regardless of Puffy and Duck Down [Records]…There was never a beef. There was a misunderstanding. [If] they want it to be a beef, that’s for the critics to say. People that know Puff, know me. It’s never gonna be no beef cause we grown men and it would come to a head. I had to clear the air.” (XXL Mag)
Rob announced plans to drop the new album through indie label Duck Down Records last October.
“The people have been asking for true hip hop music, and that’s what I’m giving them. I stayed away from features. I’ve been away for 4 joints, so I feel the people deserve to hear me. When I came home, I went right to work, and didn’t have time to reach out to cats. On my next project you will get that. As for producers, I have some up-and-coming cats on there. I believe in giving cats a chance. As far as named producers you may hear a joint or two from Buckwild, Self Service, Bishop, Scram Jones and Pete Rock.” (Press Release)
Prior to the announcement, Rob said he would consider signing a new deal with Bad Boy.
“I would sign to Bad Boy again. I would sign to them again if push came to shove. I would sign a contract with Bad Boy again, ’cause now I know the business side of everything. I can’t get jerked. Not saying that Puff jerked me, but now I know the business side so I can go at this a little bit different now. I can go in there with some knowledge, knowing that you can do this and I can do this, and you can’t do this…I want this, this what I’m supposed to have, where’s it at?” (Hip Hop DX)
Earlier this year, Rob talked about his falling out with Bad Boy.
“Once I caught my bid – or whatever the case may be, [Bad Boy Records] was like ‘F*ck you. We’re gonna use Black Rob as a springboard for this [Notorious B.I.G. Duets album] – which flopped by the way — but it wasn’t Biggie’s fault. It was just a point where they said ‘F*ck The Black Rob Report — Bad Boy left me for dead. It wasn’t like I needed money or anything from anybody. I had money – still got money. It wasn’t a money thing…They did nothing to keep my name alive. They took me off their website, just left me for dead…I’m not second to [Rick] Ross, I’m not second to Red Cafe, I’m not second to Nicki [Minaj]. Nobody. I’m BR. That’s it, n*gga!” (Future iMag)
Game Tested, Street Approved is slated to drop Tuesday, July 26th.
Check out some recent Black Rob footage down below: