Former Roc-A-Fella Records rapper Young Chris has affirmed speculation which suggests he left producer Rico Love‘s Division1 record label to try his hand elsewhere.
Chris said label complications forced him to seek a new home but promised his bond with Love would never change.
“They been asking where I’m at,” Chris said in a video. “Shout-out to Rico Love, the whole Division1 — the first deal was set up Division1 slash Universal. Rico had left Universal, so when he left I was automatically a free agent. I waited like six to eight months before I made a move. That’s my boy but, you know. I got distribution from eOne — and before I did it, I had a heart to heart with Rico and he was all in.” (HHS1987)
A few years ago, Chris reflected on his decision to sign with him and denied feeling any doubt before inking the deal.
“Nah, actually I wasn’t,” Chris said in an interview when asked if he was hesitant signing a deal with hitmaker Rico Love. “I thought it would be a good marriage from the gate because [of] how creative he is. Us together, like our chemistry, we bonded right away. I was excited about it. I wasn’t hesitant at all — He’s only one year older than me, so, we can hang out together, [go to the] strip club, do whatever we do. The records come out even better when the relationship is like that. That’s the only thing I was hesitant about, I gotta know him first. It was cool. It’s like my brother man. He definitely [taught] me things that he learned on the songwriting side of things or whatever. When it’s time to get melodic on records. He’s real good at that. That’s what he do. Even if you don’t teach it, you just learn. I’m a good learner from observing. I just sit back, watch and observe from the studio.” (You Heard That New)
The Philadelphia rapper previously spoke to SOHH about linking up with Rico for his L.I.F.E. (Ladies In Free Everywhere) mixtape.
“[Producer] Rico Love always comes up with great ideas and showed me like, “let’s just do this tape and show everybody.” I had already had a lot of records because I cut a lot of songs for females anyway from the whole [2003 Young Gunz single] “No Better Love” standpoint. That’s my little twist. It’s natural though and reflects my lifestyle. Me and Rico started cutting records for the tape, went to the studio, and just kind of stamped them all out. Everybody was really excited about the freestyles because I had originals already that had never been released. So it all made sense to put it all together and picking the best.” (SOHH Guest Star)
Back in 2011, fellow ex-Roc artist Teairra Mari followed YC’s blueprint and joined Love’s team.
Teairra Mari fans may finally get that sophomore album they’ve been waiting for. The R&B chanteuse has departed Warner Bros. Records and signed a new deal with Rico Love’s Division1 label. She made the official announcement on set of the video for “That’s All Me,” helmed by Rico. “Teairra Mari is now part of the Division1 family. She is officially signed to Division1. We got the lights on all over the world,” said the music maestro, who’s written hits for Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Diddy. (Rap-Up)
Check out Young Chris’ interview: