Rapper Wax Loses Def Jam Deal, Regains His Mojo
I'm definitely using songs from that, and some new ones, too. It's mostly shit I did with them.
Are you going to release the album under another label? Do you have interest in signing with someone else?
I'm putting it out myself. With the Internet, it's really easy. If I put out this album and a label comes on and said, "Yo, we want to blow this album up because we like it," I would consider it. It's not the corporate environment that I have a problem with. I don't give a shit about that. If they try to change what I do, I'm not down with that.
Is the album still untitled?
I think I finalized the title today. I'm going to call it Continued.
What does that mean to you?
It means that, in life, you always have two options: you can either kill yourself, or you can continue. You go through stuff. You lose a girl or you lose a record deal. You might feel bad for a little while. But, you just keep going. You have no choice but to be persistent. You might think getting a record deal is the pinnacle, but it's not.
What do you think is wrong with the music industry today?
When was the last time you paid for an album? It's getting harder and harder to make money. You don't need a major label if you're not Rihanna or Lady Gaga. You can get the word out yourself. The labels really need you to be a huge pop success, and they just follow the formula from the last hit. Everyone is operating off fear. Fear of being fired because something failed. So they go the safe route. They tried a song of mine, and it didn't work. So, it's not totally their fault. It's my fault, too.
Which song didn't work?
They put "Two Wheels" on the radio, and it didn't pick up. I'm not blaming them for that. That song had its problems. It was one of my most popular songs with the fans, but it didn't take off.
You claimed you were really unhappy in your video that you posted. Did you start drinking and doing drugs again?
Honestly, I wouldn't say my level of drinking is any different. It might have been that my reason for drinking was much darker. I just didn't give a shit anymore. I couldn't wait to get out of the studio to drink and not think about that shit. I don't think I knew at the time that was why I was depressed, but now I know for a fact it was that because I'm not anymore. [Looks over to another table]. I like that dude's pants. Is that gay?