Founded in 2008Roc Nation grew into one of the world’s biggest entertainment companies. The label worked alongside substantially major recording artists, producers, songwriters, and other music industry professionals. The client list varies from Rihanna, Rapsody, Buju Banton, Snoh Aalegra, and Wale.
Since the debut of Attention Deficit in 2009, artist Wale saw his fair share of label issues. He spent part of his rap career with Interscope Records for one album, Atlantic Records for three, and Warner Music Group for three more projects. This deal includes his latest release,Folarin II.
One of Wale’s projects Folarin was in the trenches with Roc Nation alongside Meek Mill, Rihanna, and others. But both sides split in 2013 following the release of The Gifted. The cause of the split was never revealed until his recent appearance on Drink Champs.
When asked about the breakup with Roc Nation, Wale said:
“What happened was, I was in the Hov cycle for a long time,” Wale says around the 60-minute mark. “There was a time that I was on tour with J. Cole. At the time, I was opening for him. They said it was a co-headlining tour, but whatever, I was opening for him, and it was an elaborate stage and this that and the third.”
“And somebody in my circle told me, ‘You’re losing five grand every time you get on stage. Not only are you not breaking even, but you’re also losing money.”
“Me, at that point in my life, I forget what city we were in but I was on the bus and I got an offer to do a tour with two other artists. And I wanted to go with Cole because that’s my brother and we just did the Hov tour.”
Wale also mentioned that he’s learned a lot from them and it is all love on his part. Furthermore, Wale stated that Jay-Z is still his idol. He continued with his admiration for Hov regarding the Roc Nation’s founder for his Rock Roll Hall of Fame induction this past weekend.
Be sure to watch Wale’s Drink Champs full interview.