Childish Gambino has shown frustration with his label recently, at one point taking to Twitter and calling for Def Jam and Atlantic to sign him. Now a month later, Childish is weighing his options, trying to decide whether he'll take the major label route or not.
Rihanna has been with Def Jam since 2005, a deal she signed when Jay Z was still behind the label. In fact, as the story goes, Hov apparently wouldn't let Rihanna leave the room before putting some ink on the contract.
Suge Knight was a guest on Arsenio Hall the other month, and while there, he made some remarks concerning both Kendrick Lamar and Game's label deals, comparing them to slavery. Game has since responded to Suge's comments, although it's doubtful we will hear a response from K.
Childish Gambino's album because the internet had some impressive first week sales, and while his ambitious and conceptual rollout for the album seemed to be quite successful, he's apparently having trouble getting his label on the same page.
Young Thug's label situation has been a confusing one to say the least. The rapper has hinted at signing with Future's Freebandz imprint, as well as more recently Cash Money, and then there's the question of whether there was any paperwork involved in his affiliation with Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad.
Suge Knight recently appeared on Arsenio Hall and had some harsh words for the major music labels, even going as far as to compare label deals to a slavery, and specifically calling out Kendrick Lamar and Game as having "two of the worst deals in the industry."
Isaiah Rashad has been part of the growing TDE family for a minute now, and as one of the newest signees he's probably still getting used to the ways of the label, and finding his groove within the rest of the Top Dawg crew.
As we reported last night, J. Cole has announced the official launch of his Dreamville imprint, which will host his Dreamvillain artists whom we've become familiar with through Cole, such as Bas and Omen.
Young Thug's stock continues to rise, with hits like "Danny Glover" and "Stoner" currently receiving freestyle and remixes galore, not to mention a co-sign from Kanye West when he was seen turning up and singing along to Thug's hits at a club in Paris.
Penalty Recordings is back. The label, well known for housing the likes of N.O.R.E., The Beatnuts, Crooked Lettaz and Lord Finesse, will now be known as Penalty Entertainment, relaunching in partnership with Sony RED.
For those unaware, Chief Keef is currently in the midst of a 90-day, court-ordered stint in a Southern California rehab facility, having been sent there for substance abuse treatment after a string of minor offences, drug related and otherwise.