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.”
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: