Flipmode Squad leader Busta Rhymes is reportedly no longer associated with Universal Motown Records after joining forces with the renowned company in 2008 after a short run at Aftermath/Interscope.
While discussing his recently launched PleaseListenToMyDemo.com website for aspiring artists, Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty revealed Busta’s contractual status.
“Down the line, as we move with that relationship, you never know what can happen. We’ll see how that works out,” Lightly said about unsigned artists getting airplay with his site’s radio partner Hot 97. “Nothing’s set it stone or promised. But if you look at Hot 97 historically, if you have a hot record in the streets bubbling…We have Uncle Murda right now, he has a record on Hot 97 and he isn’t signed. Guess what? Busta Rhymes isn’t signed right now either [Laughs].” (XXL Mag)
Busta signed with Universal Motown circa September 2008.
Rap-Up.com has exclusively confirmed that Busta Rhymes has signed with Universal Motown. Busta will release his eighth studio album on the label. Universal Motown is home to artists Lil Wayne, Nelly, Akon, and Ashanti, among others. (Rap-Up)
The next year, Busta talked about his break from Interscope Records and loving Universal Motown.
“I’m happy, real happy, about a lot of things,” Busta said in an interview. “I’m in a great situation. New label, new money, new excitement, new sound, new album, just new everything. I just feel like I’m being born again or something.” (Boston Herald)
Credited for acquiring Busta, former Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone recently left her post at the label.
GM Pat Monaco will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of Universal Motown. In a statement, the company said, “We remain committed to [Motown] as a strong presence in the contemporary music scene. We will soon announce important additions to the staff and will further invest in building its artist roster so Motown can continue to bring to market the highest quality music that is best positioned to succeed artistically and commercially.” As for Rhone, the statement continued, “We’re thankful to Sylvia for her contributions. We continue to be in discussions with her on how and where she can best utilize her skills and relationships in the multiple rights arena in which UMG continues to expand.” (Billboard)
Check out some past Busta Rhymes footage below: