By William E. Ketchum III
Meek Mil and Wale have used their new Maybach Music Group affiliation to launch buzzworthy solo careers, but swirling rumors have stated that Pill has been dropped from the label. The Atlanta MC has adamantly denied such claims, but a Twitter rant this week isn’t helping his case. In a series of posts from his @Pill4180 handle, he spouted off various accomplishments from before he was signed, claiming that his new label isn’t helping him to move forward.
“No TV and No Radio. U do the math. I bet u can name you favorite artist and the turn on the tv and see the video and hear it on the radio,” Pill fumed. “It’s not rocket science. Radio and TV b4 I had a deal, none after and u ask why Pill ain’t blew all the way up. Artist sign deals, label doesn’t do shit for them or don’t even know to work the artist. time wasted.”
He compared himself to Wiz Khalifa, who signed with Warner Bros. in 2007 before parting ways, building an indie buzz, and landing on Atlantic Records, where he now enjoys Billboard success and Grammy nominations. He also cited the pre-deal success of his song “Trap Goin Ham” in 2009, and previous coverage, collaborations or partnerships with Creative Loafing, MTV, XXL’s freshman list, Mark Ronson and more.
“IM DOPE!!,” he tweeted. “…u ain’t gotta believe it but I know it and won’t ever stop until I get that spot I deserve.”
Pill signed to Maybach Music in February 2011. His contributions to the crew’s Self Made Vol. 1 compilation were less discussed than those of Meek Mil, Wale and crew boss Rick Ross, and his recent mixtape The Diagnosis seems to have come and gone. A Village Voice review of Pill’s headlining NYC show in November at S.O.B.’s echoed his dwindling buzz.
“Pill’s downward course—unfortunate as it may be—is not due to lack of talent, nor lack of showmanship. He’s just not connecting, plain and simple,” writer Jeff Rosenthal lemented. “Last night at S.O.B.’s, Pill performed an unintentionally intimate show, the crowd numbering in the double-digits in a venue that usually holds much more.”