Rick Ross Talks Leaving Epic Records, Sparking A Bidding War – VIBE.com
Rick Ross has announced his departure from Epic Records, the label on which he released his last three studio albums, including his most recent drop Richer than I’ve ever been. Rozay, who signed with Epic after cutting ties with Def Jam Records after releasing his 2015 release Black markettalked about being a free agent in a meeting with HotNewHipHop. Currently a freelance artist, Ross reveals he was offered lucrative deals with a number of labels, including his former home Def Jam, where he spent the first decade of his career. However, according to Ross, he’s in no rush yet to link up with a label and enjoy his newfound freedom, which he won through renegotiations with his former partners.
“It’s not a different situation for me because I already owned all my shit,” he says of the potential to own and release music under his own umbrella. “Before I even got to my last albums, I had almost everything I could own, except for a certain percentage of distribution. Once you’ve made it – it doesn’t matter what you signed at the start – you just come and sit at the table like a man.
Released in December 2021, Ross’ latest solo album on Epic, Richer than I’ve ever beendebuted and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard 200. It marked the lowest opening week position for an album of his career.
Last weekend (May 21), Ross hosted his first annual auto show at his sprawling Promise Land estate in Atlanta, Georgia. Guests included former NFL star Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson, rapper and New Orleans native Curren$y, ATL’s 2 Chainz and many more.