By Rob Markman
Pill isn’t happy with his current label situation. Last week the Atlanta MC hopped on Twitter and expressed his frustration with his label. Many believed that Pill’s tweets were aimed at Rick Ross and his Warner Bros. distributed-label, Maybach Music Group, but that isn’t exactly the case. Actually, Pill revealed to MTV News on Tuesday that he was never technically signed to MMG even though he was featured heavily on MMG’s Self Made Vol. 1. The rapper’s contract he says was directly with Warner. "I never signed any paperwork with Ross. It was just my deal was over at Warner already," Pill revealed to MTV News Tuesday.
According to the "Trap Goin' Ham" MC, he was signed to Asylum/Warner Bros. Records at the end of 2009, a year before Ross brought his MMG label over to Warner Music Group. Pill says he is unaware of any conversations that Warner and Ross ever had concerning his career, but started receiving calls from Rozay around this time last year. The calls turned into collaborations — many of which ended up on Self Made Vol. 1, Ross' MMG label compilation album. It was alluded that Pill was officially a part of Rozay's roster, along with Wale, Meek Mill and a host of other artists, but that wasn't the case, the rapper says.
During his December 28 Twitter rant, Pill, who made a name for himself with independently released singles like "Ok Denn," criticized Warner, charging that they didn't give him the proper push on radio and television. "I bet u can name you favorite artist and the turn on the tv and see the video and hear it on the radio. It's not rocket science," he wrote.
Pill was particularly disappointed that "Pac Man," his single from Self Made Vol.1 didn't get a push, even after noted rappers 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti and Meek Mill were added to the song's remix. "To have all that set in stone, I thought it would've been pushed a little bit harder, went a little bit further, but it didn't," he said.
Maybach did include Pill on a number of label-driven initiatives, he admits. He was on the October 2011 XXL magazine group cover, appeared on "RapFix Live" with MMG in May 2011 and took part in the pre-taped crew cypher during BET's Hip Hop Awards but was noticeably absent when Ross, Wale and Meek Mill performed during the actual ceremony.
"I never really went on tour with them; I never really did anything with them," Pill said. "The only time I performed on tour with them is when it stopped in Atlanta. They still showed love to a n---a when it was time to go to Vegas, or Cali, you know, whatever the label had put together for us to be on as a whole."
Currently the rapper's lawyers are attempting to dissolve the Warner contract, and as for MMG, Pill insists he harbors no ill will and is grateful for the exposure that Ross has given him — even though he doesn't remember the last time he and the Bawse spoke. "I ain't got nothing against none of them, nobody. It's just the situation don't work," Pill said matter-of-factly. "It's cool with us, I don't got nothing against Ross either. It's just I don't talk to him.
"I ain't really got too much to say to somebody that ain't got too much to say to me. I'm not a brownnose, I ain't a punk ass n---a and I'm not finna go trying to chase behind somebody that ain't sayin' nothing to me."