Chamillionaire Reportedly Off Of Universal Records, Presently Recording

Exclusive: After platinum success at Universal, the emcee that changed Rap contracts reportedly got out of his.

Houston, Texas' Chamillionaire found solo success at Universal Records. The former rhyme-partner of Paul Wall struck platinum with his 2005 hit "Ridin' (Dirty)" from the album, The Sound of Revenge. Although the emcee followed up with 2007's Ultimate Victory, it's been over three years since a studio album was released by Chamillionaire.

In a new interview with top music engineer Andrew Dawson, HipHopDX learned that Chamillionaire has reportedly severed ties with the major label. "I've been working a lot with Chamillionaire, because I produced some tracks for him. He got out of his deal with Universal [Records], which wasn't a good situation for either of them," revealed Dawson. "Him and I have an active producer agreement that is now null and void because they got caught in the legal shuffle, but I'm like, 'I just want the music to come out. Let's find a way to make it happen.' I was emailing him stuff back and forth when I was [with Kanye West] in Hawaii. Some big stuff will be coming out this next year, so I'm stoked to see it going."

At last reports, Chamillionaire's third solo album is to be called Venom.

Read Andrew Dawson's full HipHopDX interview here.

Additional Reporting by Jake Paine.

30 Comments

  • andy

    wait, I thought that since he made Venom with universal, he can no longer release it since he's off of them. how could he?

    • Jonel 'Shaq Deisel' Howard

      He can't, that's a part of his deal with Universal. None of the material that he recorded with them pertaining to Venom will not be released since he's not with them

  • dylan

    fuckin finally cham, used 2 be one of them fire rappers get back on that shit son

  • Atl2Trill

    Yess!!!! Indy where it's at.

  • simplesimon

    His career is over!! One hit(s) wonder...I put money on it.

    • Anonymous

      WHAT? u serious the damn guygot slick rick on one of his track,he is underrated rapper. Iam not sure where but on one of his articles it talks about him being real and all that bullshit....he has'nt recorded in a while because when he comes back hes gonna come with a different outlook.Maybe not a backpacker outlook but expect a less mainstream Chamillionaire

  • Nigel

    2011 will be the year of the Chamillitary!

  • Cody Ym Howell

    most underrated rapper today i am so happy tht we got out of tht contract wit universal hes one of the few rappers tht still gets it nd hes real ill be looking forward to venom

  • yugang

    Chamillionaire is free!!! Now that venom album can finally get released. Chamillionaire has always been one of the best rappers to me. If Bun B and slim thug can be independent but still be relavent in the mainstream then i know chamillionaire can easily do the same

  • chris y

    the artists on these corporate record labels dont have talent. Cham was too good for that; he wasnt going to sell out.

  • Jonel 'Shaq Deisel' Howard

    Idk y'all, I'm a huge Cham fan too, but now that I think about it, he never liked being on Universal. He always told us "through video" of how shady they were being about putting his records out and trying to take all of his money. He will do better independent I know that for a fact. I'm as ready for some new Cham "Major Pain 1.5 & Venom" as the next person is, TRUST ME lol

  • WestCoastDom

    GOOD Cham is dope mixtape messiah tapes all go hard as hell but he never drops enough shit hes easy better than 98% south niggas yall got out now

  • southrunthisgame

    another talented ass cat from the south that those corporate crackers ruined. Cham just one of the many we got in the south that run hip hop. Sooner niggas from NY, Cali or the midwest realize this, the better. Get em Cham, we run this shit!

  • The MG

    I was wondering when Cham was going to leave Universal. Things definitely weren't looking too good for him. Can't wait to see what he puts out. Ultimate Victory was sick, but the proposed singles for Venom he released the past few years were pretty much mediocre except for "Creepin" with Ludacris. Him going independent should make him put out more fire tracks. Kinda like how Raekwon left Aftermath and put out the best album of 09 with Cuban Linx 2.

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering what the hold up was. Cham is one of the best from the south.

  • Anonymous

    crazyy check this out dont miss out funny dope shit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEtfs36qpg

  • timboslice92

    we all know cham is better off independant, and he knows it too, cuz he a business man! go cham.

  • Anonymous

    chamillionaire is def underrated. dude tried to change up content on last album and say soemthing with meaning, but fans did't buy it. shame on them. another example of how people complain they want one thing, but don't buy it.

  • Wayne Collins

    In my opinion, good to hear. Huge cham fan, Cant wait for his site to re-open aswel.

  • LJbigbang

    As a huge Cham fan, I'm kinda glad he's outta the major label game - I think he'd do better independent.

  • kennyken

    bring it boss thug

  • XO

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  • SouthsideBalla31

    Just do yo' thang cham, with or without Universal. You can do all by yo'self, and show 'em that u can more good stuff peace

  • J

    I've been waiting on some new Cam shit

  • bios

    not surprising. the tracks i've heard off 'Venom' don't sound that great anyway. Cham's last album was dope, better than his first, but i don't know if this dude can make a comeback now. most of those southern cats that blew up around that time are flopping hard now, except for Ross and maybe one or two others.

  • Nico 3

    Even though his last album flopped hard, it makes no sense for Universal to not release Venom. Shitty sales are better than no sales, and if he goes somewhere else and manages a comeback, they look like idiots.

  • Anonymous

    ABOUT FUCKING TIME CHAM.... GOOD ISH

  • Anonymous

    Finally, now I can get my Cham fix

    • MANOTTI

      THESE RECORD LABLES NEED TO STOP SIGNING ALL THESE LAME ASS SOULJA BOY POP/HIP HOP STYLE RAPPERS & BRING BACK THAT TRUE ESSENCE OF REAL HIPHOP A GOOD RAPPER WHOSE FULLY LYRICAL ON THE MIC & NOT NO NON RAPPER LACKING ANY SKILLS LIKE WAKA FLOCKA FLAME NEED I SAY MORE, THAT FOOL WENT ON MTV & TOLD THE WORLD HE CAN'T RAP BUT IF FOOLS WILLING TO BUY HIS ALBUM HE GON STAY RAPPING.... I SWEAR THE YOUNG GENERATION IS SO UNGUIDED ON REAL MUSIC...CHAMILLINAIRE IS A LIRICAL BEAST RESPECT REAL HIPHOP & THAT WATER DOWN SOULJA BOY,CALI SWAG DISTRICT NO NEED TO GO KOS IT'S ALOT OF BULLSHIT NEW RAPPERS OUT THAT'S APPEALING TO THE KIDS.... IT'S 2K11 IT'S BRING THAT 90's STYLE OF HIPHOP BACK WHO THE FUCK WITH ME CO-SIGN ON THIS YA HEARD

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