California rapper Bishop Lamont recently discussed his split from Aftermath/Interscope on Shade 45’s The All Out Show. Explaining that he was very happy to finally be a free agent, Lamont, born Phillip Martin, maintained that his departure was an amicable one.
“Dre is still my big bro, but after five years of just sitting there, it is kind of unfair to the fans and my family and myself that the release date has changed when all these people are waiting,” Lamont explained talking about his debut album The Reformation which was slated for release sometime this year, after Dr. Dre had released his long awaited Detox album.
Lamont, who signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint in 2005 spoke candidly in the interview about the lack of support he got from the label when it came to his music. He explained that the powerhouse label failed to get behind singles such as “Grow Up,” the fist single form his debut which was released in 2008.
Leaving the label with allegedly all the music he recorded during his time there, which amounts to over 700 songs, Lamont stressed that he was always a team player and recognized the position that his mentor, Dr. Dre was in. “Andre has bigger obligations than breaking new artists.” He continued, “If you don’t understand the business side, it can put a strain on your personal side, which you can think is intentional and that is not the case.”
Bishop Lamont also indicated that he was seeking a new label now he had officially left the Interscope subsidiary.
Previously, Joell Ortiz, Rakim, Hittman and Last Emperor have all left the label for similar reasons.