“I got a text from him (Ross) and he was like, ‘Yo, you’re MMG now.’ — he was like, ‘This is you now!’ We linked a bunch if times, (but) it never really panned out the way it was supposed to—lawyers would start talking, then lawyers would stop talking…We just couldn’t arrive at a suitable contract for both parties. We just kept talking about it. It was very circular.”
He punctuated the topic by stating that as a independent artist, he was ‘glad’ he didn’t sign to MMG.
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After being sought out by the late Chris Lighty & his Violator Management, Chris’ untimely death forced Emilio to reroute his career path.
“We did a partnership with Violator management. We had a lot of things sitting on that situation. With Chris Lighty and when he passed, rest in piece, he was dealing with a lot of stuff. We were kind of like, ‘what do we do now?’ We took a little break. We had to restructure things. We had to stop releasing the work. I’m sitting on so much music.”
The Rotchester MC then talked about a reoccurring theme he’s always forced to address as a “Latin Rapper,” especially with short sighted Major Label representatives.
“I embrace being Latino. I use my last name (but), I’ve had label executives drop Enrique Iglesias name for 45mins. Like, ‘Really!? you want me to hop on a record with Pitbull?’ I love Pitbull’s music, but I don’t want to wear slacks with an Ironed crease for the rest of my life. Let me be me. My lane is wide open.”