L.A. Reid Sheds Light on Why Epic Records Hasn’t Bailed Out Bobby Shmurda
Bobby Shmurda’s current legal predicament has everyone wondering if he'll ever get out of jail. Earlier this year, the Brooklyn rapper expressed his frustration with his label, Epic Records, for not helping him post his $2 million bail. During an interview on the Rap Radar podcast, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid addressed why the label hasn’t intervened to help.
“People don’t know anything about my business,” Reid explained. “It’s really not their business. That’s the truth about it, right? We’re not elected officials here, and we’re not at liberty to disclose how we do business. It’s fair practice. I can tell you that.”
The 59-year-old music mogul went on to explain that Shmurda is not the same artist as a Snoop Dogg or Tupac Shakur who were both infamously jailed and Death Row Records came to their aid and bailed them out.
“Bobby Shmurda is not the same as Snoop Dogg and Murder Was the Case, who’s coming off The Chronic and [Doggystyle]," he said. “It’s a different era, you know? And we’re a publicly held corporation. We just aren’t in the same position we were in back in those days so it’s a different day."
But he did share genuine concern for the young artist. "I'm crazy about that kid and I think about him often. And I feel like, ya know, his better days are ahead of him. I do believe that. And i think its unfortunate what has taken place. but, when I heard him, I believed him. that's what sold me. It felt soulful. It didn't feel like someone was play acting and it felt really believable... and, I guess it was,” Reid states.
The embattled Bobby Shmurda has a long legal hurdle to endure. After being denied bail for the third time, the "Hot Boy" rhymer will have to stand trial on a slew of weapons and drug charges. The trial is set to begin on Feb. 22, 2016.