Eve is getting down to the nitty gritty on what led up to her departure from long-time label Interscope.
The Philadelphia rapper hasn’t really spoken on her split from the label, which she confirmed back in January via Twitter. She broke her silence during an interview with Vibe.com, when she claimed the label was stupid for dragging the whole thing out.
“They didn’t drop me at first, they [just shelved me] and dropped the ball,” Eve revealed. “After ‘Tambourine’, they straight up were like, ‘Umm, yeah, nah, we’re not putting out the record.’ After that I was like ‘Yall gotta let me go. I’ve been here 11 years and you’re frontin on me?’ It got to that point."
But what did she mean when she said Interscope dropped the ball on Flirt? Basically, Eve said the label pledged that it would make marketing the album a priority, and that didn’t happen.
"They promised me the machine. The machine is basically the roll out,”said Eve. “And that’s what made me mad. It’d be different if we didn’t have a [meeting] where people promised me sh*t. If they were just like ‘Oh we’re going to put the album out and see what happens,’ that would be one thing. But they were like ‘No, we’re making sure this happens, it’s coming out on this date.’ It was concrete."
The runaround that Interscope put the rapper-designer through knocked Eve for a loop, but she quickly got over it. “I think I didn’t know how to feel,” she admitted. “I went through a lot of different thoughts, but that only lasted for two days."
Eve rebounded quickly, stating that she’s in talks with several major labels about releasing her next album, Lip Lock, later this year.
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