Trina released her debut album, Da Baddest Bitch, via Slip-n-Slide Records in 2000, and she remained with the Miami-based label to drop four additional LPs, including her most recent, 2010's Amazin'.
But when she stopped by MTV News' "RapFix Live" on Wednesday (November 9), Trina confirmed that her upcoming sixth album would signal the end of an era with Slip-n-Slide.
"I'm no longer considered to be affiliated with Slip-n-Slide," Trina said. "Slip-n-Slide is like my family. I grew up with those guys, and it's been a long journey. I love them dearly, but it's time, in my career, for me to move forward, and I'm excited about taking the next step and seeing what's there for me."
Trina emphasized that her split with the label was an amicable one and a necessary step in her evolution as an artist. "It's scary after you've been with somebody for all of your career to step out on your own," she said. "You're wondering which way to turn, but I'm ready and willing to do what I need to do for myself.
"I'm not the kid on Slip-n-Slide's roster anymore," she continued. "I've spent my whole career with Slip-n-Slide — five albums — and I'm really excited about going forward without them, but I still look at them as family, no matter what."
During her sit-down with Sway, Trina also revealed that she's been working with [artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] to craft her sixth album, which inevitably led to questions about a possible deal with Rozay's Maybach Music Group. Trina wouldn't confirm (or deny) if she will be the latest addition to the squad, opting only to speak about her relationship with Ross.
"Ross has been a mentor in my career from the start. Even before the world got a chance to see him, he was a part of my team," she said. "For him to come out and be very successful and do his thing and for me to still have him in my life, it's a blessing. For me to work with him on my sixth album and have him there to guide it, understand what I want and see my vision, that means everything to me."
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