Queens, New York rapper Grafh has announced his departure from his label, longtime manager Chaz Williams and Black Hand Entertainment. In a statement, Grafh explains that it was a difficult decision to part ways with his former manager but that there are no hard feelings.

“I have a major announcement to make: I am a free agent,” he said. “I am no longer signed to any label. My long-time manager and mentor, Chaz Williams, and I have also decided to end our professional relationship. Anyone who has followed my career thus far knows how hard of a decision this was for me. My name has been synonymous with Chaz and Blackhand since the beginning. Therefore, I wanted to take the time to explain.”

He explains that there is no ill will between him and Chaz. “To be clear, there is no beef between Chaz and myself. We are family, and will always be family. It was a mutual decision to go our separate ways,” he continued. “We’ve both been busy with our own projects, and this was just a natural progression. I’m going in a new direction creatively, and needed to start fresh in order to make that transition. Chaz has been supportive of my growth. It’s all about the present.”

With the recent addition of “several talented people to my creative team,” Grafh is prepping the release of his new EP titled The Rule, releasing in July and serving as a precursor to his upcoming debut album.

“Everything from the music production, videos, photography, mixing and mastering were done in-house. The Rule is a different – it looks and sounds like nothing I’ve done before, and I’m really excited for its release in July,” he said. “As to whether or not I stay independent long-term, I’m undecided. Right now, I love it. There are no middlemen between me and my fans. I have all the tools I need to release music and connect with those who appreciate it.”