On Friday afternoon, the 23-year-old rapper hit up Twitter with this little piece of career advice for aspiring artists: “If y’all do sign ... sign 2 a major Dont sign 2 a rapper or a Dj ........Its Just Easier When The Time Come For That Fake Shit.” It didn’t take long for his followers—including DJ Drama—to notice the sub.
In 2015, Uzi Vert signed to Generation Now, an Atlantic Records imprint owned by DJ Drama and Don Cannon. The two men have been credited for honing the Philly rapper’s skills and catapulting him into the mainstream.
“When we found him, he didn’t have a real situation going,” Cannon told Pigeons & Planes in 2017. “He was doing things on things own, trying to get his music on. I felt like with our supernatural abilities we could take him out of here, and that’s basically all it comes down to. There's not really a master plan to it. We just know what we can do with people that are passionate enough and have talent.”
Since signing with Generation Now, Uzi Vert has dropped a handful of mixtapes and EPs, as well as his chart-topping debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2. Though it seemed like he had a strong and rewarding business relationship with the label, Uzi Vert began expressing his regrets about signing back in December: “We all make mistakes 2 get better,” he tweeted. “I should have never signed but I finna turn all this shit upside down ..you know the way it suppose to be.”
On Thursday, Uzi Vert also posted a series of ambiguous tweets in which he called out the phonies and also teased “something coming.”
In light of Friday’s tweets, it’s safe to assume the “fake” people he was referring to include some individuals at his label. Until we get more details about the situation, fans will continue to speculate.
Uzi Vert isn't the only rapper who’s dealing with record label drama. On Friday, it was reported that Lil Pump cut ties with Warner Bros. Records, which signed him at the age of 16. According to Billboard, Pump’s legal team argues that his contract with the label was void because he signed it as a minor and it was never certified by the court. Pump is now reportedly looking into other deals, some of which are said to be between $8 to $12 million.