By William E. Ketchum II
If “New Clothes, New Shoes” is any indication, Pill isn’t letting label troubles with Maybach Music and Warner Bros. divert him from his grind. In the music video, premiering on RapFix, the Atlanta emcee rhymes about using a risky corner hustle to reach wealthier aspirations. Pill is the only person to appear in the no frills visual: no other actors, and no cameos from his former Maybach Music family. The song is a highlight from most recent mixtape The Diagnosis but the end of the video promises that a new project titled The Epidemic is on its way.
Previously: Two weeks ago the Atlanta MC hopped on Twitter and expressed his frustration with his label. Many believed that Pill’s tweets were aimed at Rick Ross and his Warner Bros. distributed-label, Maybach Music Group, but that isn’t exactly the case. Pill revealed to MTV News that he was never technically signed to MMG even though he was featured heavily on MMG’s Self Made Vol. 1. The rapper’s contract he says was directly with Warner. “I never signed any paperwork with Ross. It was just my deal was over at Warner already,” Pill revealed to MTV News Tuesday.
According to the “Trap Goin’ Ham” MC, he was signed to Asylum/Warner Bros. Records at the end of 2009, a year before Ross brought his MMG label over to Warner Music Group. Pill says he is unaware of any conversations that Warner and Ross ever had concerning his career, but started receiving calls from Rozay around this time last year. The calls turned into collaborations — many of which ended up on Self Made Vol. 1, Ross’ MMG label compilation album. It was alluded that Pill was officially a part of Rozay’s roster, along with Wale, Meek Mill and a host of other artists, but that wasn’t the case, the rapper says.