Harlem, New York emcee Black Rob has said that he will deliver his third album later this year, his first in a partnership with respected independent, Duck Down Records. Despite the new situation with Black Moon emcee Buckshot and longtime partner Dru Ha, Black Rob remains frustrated about his decade-plus tenure with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bad Boy Records.

In a video interview with FutureiMag.com posted online yesterday (February 7), Rob explained that after he faced personal challenges, his longtime label “left him for dead.” “Once I caught my bid – or whatever the case may be, [Bad Boy Records] was like ‘fuck you.’ We’re gonna use Black Rob as a springboard for this [Notorious B.I.G. project] – which flopped by the way,” the “Whoa” rapper said, referring to 2005’s Duets: The Final Chapter album, posthumously released. The album was released six months after Rob’s sophomore, The Black Rob Report, a critically-supported album that lacked the success of his 2000 debut. Noting that his longtime label-mate has been dead for nearly a decade, Rob continued, “But it wasn’t Biggie’s fault. It was just a point where they said ‘Fuck The Black Rob Report…Bad Boy left me for dead.” 

Six years later, Black Rob maintains that while he served time for a larceny conviction, it was the lack of courtesy on the label’s part that hurt him the most. “It wasn’t like I needed money or anything from anybody. I had money – still got money. It wasn’t a money thing.” Once garnering a #1 debut on the Rap/Hip Hop charts with Life Story, Rob said, “They did nothing to keep my name alive. They took me off their website, just left me for dead.”

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Looking at Diddy’s present artists today, Rob insists that with his role in Bad Boy and Diddy’s success, he refuses to be any label’s under-card. “I’m not second to [Rick] Ross, I’m not second to Red Cafe, I’m not second to Nicki [Minaj]. Nobody. I’m B.R. That’s it, nigga!”

Black Rob’s third album, Game Tested & Street Approved, is planned for release this year.

The full interview can be viewed below: