Former Aftermath artist Busta Rhymes recently detailed his reasons for leaving Dr. Dre‘s record label and how he turned elsewhere for his latest release.
In addition to Dre, the Flipmode leader also said there was no bad blood between him and Interscope head Jimmy Iovine.
“I just like to give people my latest greatest,” Busta said in an interview. “So when I did the Back On My BS album, that was the album I decided to record as a result of the new excitement, the new deal, the new enthusiasm, the new support system…When that situation didn’t feel like it was going the way I wanted it to go, the false starts, I said You know what, maybe this album ain’t the one I should be coming with right now…I was able to grow comfortably before I got to Aftermath and Interscope, not to say there’s anything wrong with my relationship with Dre or Jimmy. My problem was certain things I know through my experience of professionally recording that was supposed to be facilitated wasn’t being facilitated…I’ve sold many multiple platinum albums and have had a very successful career run before I got over there. I just wanted to get back to sitting behind the wheel, controlling my own destiny.” (Hard Knock TV)
Busta recently said his new album would be a return to “substantial” hip-hop.
“I’m happy, real happy, about a lot of things,” Busta said in an interview earlier this year. “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…The album sounds like the substantial hip-hop that has been missing from the game for a long time…That traditional boom bap – hard kicks, hard snares, solid bass lines, records that sound real melodic because they’re very incredibly structured songs, very lyrical records. It’s the well-rounded balance of what a real hip-hop album is supposed to feel like.” (Boston Herald)
The move from Interscope/Aftermath took place late 2008.
“Me and [Dr.] Dre are still good,” Busta told DJ Envy on his “The People’s Choice” radio show last fall. “So even though I’m not in business with Aftermath or Interscope, I’m still with Aftermath. Me and Dre are always gonna be good…Big up to Interscope for, you know, giving me the leaked joints and the set-ups.” (Hot 97)
Busta’s latest solo effort landed on the charts this week.
Flipmode leader Busta Rhymes’ Back on my Bullsh*t just missed the Top 5 landing at No. 6 on the charts. His eighth solo project debuted with 59,300 copies after seven days on stores shelves. (Sales Wrap)
Check out Busta Rhymes’ interview below: