Waka Flocka Flame Wants Off Atlantic Records: ‘I Hate My Label’
Another day, another Twitter rant. On Thursday (Oct. 22), Waka Flocka Flame jumped on his timeline to vent his frustrations with his record label, Atlantic Records.
We don't know what prompted the Atlanta rapper to put Atlantic on blast (a delayed album release?), but he's fed up with the institutional hierarchy that goes on at the label, where they treat their artists like property. "I f---ing hate my label," he tweeted. “Atlantic Records -- LET ME BUY-OUT F---!!!! Labels don’t do s--- for the artist #FACTS. Labels don’t invest #FACTS Labels hire a bunch of amateurs to keep cost down #FACTS."
The "Hard in the Paint" rhymer cited an incident in which Atlantic allegedly was more concerned about him making music than his own health. “The first thing the label asked after I got shot is - 'can you go to the studio,'” he tweeted. “From that day forward I knew my label didn’t care I’m just another dollar sign #GetChaMoneyYoungN----.”
Waka Flocka then began to explain how labels can be incompetent when it comes to developing an artist. "For example, from the time a band is signed it can be a full year or longer before their first record is finally released owing in part to this dense hierarchical management structure," he wrote. "A lot can change in a year. #UnderstandLife."
"Furthermore, high executive turnover and frequent management "purges" at large record companies can often delay or even derail a recording project indefinitely, leaving artists in the lurch. #UnderstandLife," he added.
The Brick Squad Leader ended his rant with a cautionary warning. "Yall woke up a sleeping giant --- thank you #WakaFlame," he tweeted. "Commonsense and Creativity = Waka Flocka Flame."
Atlantic Records has not yet responded to Waka Flocka's Twitter rant. You can read his entire Twitter rant below.