Bobby Shmurda Isn’t Happy With His Label Right Now

Shmurda hints at dissatisfaction with label support while he remains behind bars.

February 23, 2015

Bobby Shmurda is still in jail right now, and according to a new report from The New York Times, the label he's signed to isn't going to help him get out any time soon. "When I got locked up, I thought they were going to come for me," Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, told the Times in an interview about his current relationship with Epic Records. "But they never came."

Pollard's entertainment lawyer Matthew Middleton similarly expressed frustration that the young rapper hasn't received support from the label: "These companies for years have capitalized and made millions and millions of dollars from kids in the inner city portraying their plight to the rest of the world...To take advantage of that and exploit it from a business standpoint and then turn your back is disingenuous, to say the least." Middleton also alleges that Epic's already made their money back on their deal with Pollard, "at least two or three times over." The article takes a deeper look at what, exactly, is expected (or not expected) from labels when it comes to these type of situations, and it's worth a read.

Pollard added near the end of the interview that, when and/or if he does make bail, he may try to get out of his contract with Epic. "I'm going to try my best to go back on the deal...If not, I'll give them their music and bounce."

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Bobby Shmurda Isn’t Happy With His Label Right Now