Cue the monkeys. The music industry has lost its goddamn mind.
Lil' Flip, on the other hand, has found a new home. No, he won't be shoulder leanin' alongside Young Dro at Atlantic. He's been moved to that other label that always seems to jinx rappers and their sales, unless you're armed with the tact and cleverness* of Mike Jones.
Flip will drop his next album, which I assume you've all been jamming for the past two months, on Asylum/Warner. Billboard sez:
Houston's platinum freestyle king, Lil Flip, has jumped to Asylum/Warner Music Group, Billboard has learned. The artist left Columbia/Sony Urban in June, taking his third album, I Need Mine, with him untouched -- almost. The album leaked shortly after he left Sony, raising suspicions from Flip (born Wesley Weston) that Sony was the culprit.
-Oh wow, he left with his masters. He also had to dole out God-knows-how-much in order to make that happen. How do you sign a contract where you have to pay to keep your own masters? Where do these guys get their business acumen from? Home Depot?
-Okay, maybe he plans to recoup that money via album sales, right? But, how's that possible if Asylum Records has no plans to release I Need Mine till 2007, when everyone would have forgotten it was even dropping?
-He's not necessarily in good company. Asylum is home to Cam'ron, whose Killa Season album is a top contender for 2006's worst rap album. Other artists on Flip's new label? Pimp C, Trae, Paul Wall, and Mike Jones. Need I say more?
-To crown it all, Asylum denied poor Flipper a distribution deal for his Clover G label. I'm aware that the possibility hasn't been ruled out completely, but, DAMN. This guy has dropped quite a few platinum records in his life.
After extricating himself from the clutches of Sony, how could Flip have settled for a measly deal like this?
Game over. For real.
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