RBX sat with VladTV in an exclusive interview to discuss his diss track “A.W.O.L.” aimed at Death Row Records and former foe Dr. Dre.
The rapper never officially signed a contract and once he left the label he released his 1995 project, The RBX Files, which included “A.W.O.L.”
“That was a play on me leaving Death Row,” the Long Beach, California native says in the interview published today (October 2). “The first one leaving without no clearance from Suge because I didn’t need no clearance from him. Fuck I need clearance from somebody I’m not signed to? He telling everybody, ‘Yo, that’s my artist.’ Blocking deals and telling people, ‘That’s my artist. That’s my artist.’ I had to run up on that dude and tell him I’m not your fucking artist nigga. You ain’t got no paperwork on me. I held you down and laced you with verses but you wanted to act stupid so now it is what it is. Absence without leave. Then I went to Warner Bros. and dropped that.”
Once the track was released, “A.W.O.L” moved up the charts and shared the same space with Green Day, Alanis Morissette and Prince.
“Doc-tor Dre, do you remember you was broke,” RBX raps “And the whole rap industry thought ya was a joke? / Me, D.O.C., and D.O.G., sat and made / Lyrics to replenish your name like Gatorade.”
RBX also shares with Vlad a conversation he had with Dre regarding the song.
“Man Dre loved that song,” RBX says. “At first I didn’t know how he was going to accept it. I was a young gun busting. I had no ramifications. I had no idea of ramifications from this or that. I wasn’t caring about relationships or none of that. I was just rapping and at that time I felt like Death Row was tripping on me. At that point I didn’t differentiate Dre and Death Row, which was my mistake. Dre at that point was pulling the same kind of weight as I was. Man, this nigga Suge is tripping. We just want to make music. If I have any regrets it’s that. Dre was like, ‘Oh, that’s how you feel, X? Man that shit was hard as hell. That’s the hardest that anybody has just came at a nigga. That song hard RBX. I like that.’ We just pushed right past it.”
The full interview VladTV with RBX is as follows.
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