LINK: Sickamore Resigns From Atlantic Records

Longtime readers of XXLMAG.com will remember Sickamore from our original team of bloggers when the site launched in 2006. When he wasn’t blogging, this mixtape DJ/tastemaker/entrepreneur also doubled as the Director of A&R for Atlantic Records, where he worked on projects like Saigon’s The Greatest Story Never Told. According to a blog post titled “Resigning” on his personal site “Thank God I’m Famous,” Sick resigned from his day job last week. Read the full entry to hear his reasons for leaving and his plans for the future.

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I’ve resigned as Director of A&R at Atlantic Records.

Gave my notice last week Tuesday, though today is my final day in the office. No, I’m not leaving to take another job. Nor was I fired attempting to cover it up. I’ve just lost faith in the major label system. I’m a guy of integrity so the last thing I’ll ever do is stay somewhere just to collect a check or say I’m “an A&R”. That’s just wack. Though I’ll continue to consult for Atlantic, Asylum Records, Columbia Records as well as continuing to help the artists I’ve signed like Wynter Gordon, Slim of 112 and of course Saigon.

People who know me know I’m very passionate about my career. I started two businesses (record store in 2002 and The Famous Firm b/k/a I Can Make You Famous) before I had this job. I didn’t take this position for the money. When Hip Hop first mentioned it to me in December 2005, I was hesitant. My lawyer laughed when I told her about it: “You’re going to get a job?!?!?! You make more money on your own! Atlantic is about to fold! You’re crazy!”. But I knew the experience would be vital for my career growth. So I took it. I told myself “give it at least two years.” That was February 2006.

I really enjoyed my A&R family at Atlantic. Craig, Gee, Jean, Brian, Darrale, Mike, Marsha, Walter, Dara, Lanre, Andrew, Kels, Aaron, Gina and Damon are all like brothers and sisters to me. Though Hip Hop leaving within the first couple months was tough, they made it a smooth transition for me. I had signing power and the freedom to roam all across the country in my search for finding new talent. My frustration came when it was time to put the music out (i.e. The Greatest Story Never Told). I’m not going to sign talented people to a label and have them sit. I rather bet on myself and get them hot in the streets.

If most people were in my position, they’d just ride it out. I’ve gotten all kind of advice from “Just take the checks and do your own shit anyway” to “Just stop coming in the office until they stop paying you” or my favorite “Do the bear minimum so they don’t bother you”. But I’m an idealist and believe this is the main problem in the music business today. That train of thought keeps great artists unsigned and the wrong people in the position of power. One of my friends jokes “You’re keeping it real. But this is when keeping it real goes wrong.” We’ll see if he’s right. But you only live once. I’m not going to waste anyone’s time in a place where I’m not productive. I want to win!

As I said before, I’m not going to take another job. Atlantic was my first gig and probably going to be my last. I’ll only work as a company through The Famous Firm. We represent and develop talent at The Firm. Yeah we rep singers and rappers but specialize in non traditional talent like athletes, photographers, writers, graphic designers, clothing lines, studio engineers, stylist etc. We can help develop and represent anyone with talent. We use our in house non traditional talent to help develop new talent. It’s all about talent!

I’m a firm believer (no pun intended) in the idea of “you can’t do new things with old people”. That’s why I’m a part of a 10 person operation at The Firm with the average age being 22. Shout out to Sade, Eli, Sterling, Mike, Michael, Nina, Jay, Pesos and Dan. Everyone is young, hungry and learning how to be entrepreneurs. I have a goal at the Firm, to make this everyone’s last “job”. I want my team to leave running their own profitable business, breeding a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Lastly, I want to thank Atlantic for the opportunity, grooming and experience. I wouldn’t be able to help change the future of the entertainment business without it. I’m lucky to be able to depart on such great terms. Everyone was very understanding and supportive of this decision. I’m also excited for certain people to stop calling/e-mailing me under the pretense of me being “an A&R” rather than what I can really do. I want people to fuck with me and the Firm for us, not because we’re tied to a major.

I love this blog. Thanks for listening. All my contact info is exactly the same. Sickamore@TheFamousFirm.com.

  • ddubbzz

    Good job Sick…hope you follow your dreams homie

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    But things were going so well…

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    • http://myspace.com/wewinninrecordz jpillaisjohn316

      man sic real people get tired of the phony shit!! i firmly believe in make the money don’t let the money make you!! plus we think the same we both are in the winning business so how about you becoming a klutch hitter!!!god bless you!!!jpilla

  • Richard

    Ohio’s finest check me out and add me if you like what you hear thanks

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  • that Guy

    fuck him. he didnt do shit anyways. unemployed cunt.

  • Tito Santana

    Da Backwudz(U gonna luv me)and (I dont like the look of it) are now Labratz. They’ve departed Dallas Austin’s label Rowdy Records to start there own(Royal Family Music) along with producer Sol Messiah(chamillionaire sound of revenge),(David Banner),(Goodie Mobb),(Dead Prez),(Nappy Roots).. Check da new video called (Creation) on YOUTUBE or myspace.com/thebackwudzmusic..Also they just released an album Independenly Via the internet called (Atlantis Rising) available on Amazon.com, Itunes.com, rhapsody.com, ect..
    To all up and coming artist much success and dont be afraid to put that extra grind in and go Independent!! It’s a new era… Everything resides on the Internet even Hiphop! Dont sleep on The Move ment!!Wake up…myspace.com\thelabratzmusic

    • INF

      fams nobody is checking the backwuds, give it a rest please.

      • Anonymous

        Damn, INF that was harsh!!!

    • OUCH!

      Ha, Ha…Why don’t yall pull yall bus maoney togther and buy a flier or two to promote yalls wackness…

  • http://myspace.com/kooleyhigh Charlie Smarts

    This guy is a stand up dude. Sick did a drop on our album waaaay back in 2005 when nobody cared. We greatly appreciate it.

    Independent is the way to go.

    Check for Kooley High.

  • http://www.sickamoresucks.com yeayea

    man u a fake ass dj, u cant dj one fucking record, then u just hustler and talker nicca, u dont shit obut know fucking a&r getta outta her u fag, lol u got fired

  • We Live

    THIS NIGGA WAS MAD WACK..AND HE HAD WACK ARTISTS LIKE ESSO SO Y NOT BE DROPPED

  • dre

    Sick you are a fa99ot ass crook that has absolutel no respect in the industry…in fact you might get ur sh1t split if u come around the wrong way…nobody fukks with you anymore fa99ot…and for good reason…Good Riddance!

  • Combat Jack

    Alas Yung Lip Gloss, I never knew thee!

  • Hannah Smith

    “Wynter Gordon, Slim of 112 and of course Saigon.”

    Could you come up with a more underwhelming list of ‘successes’?! And that’s it, in two years?!

  • I KNO DA REAL ON YA

    Sickamore got pushed out…Why leave when you haven’t proven yourself yet. You had the perfect set up: A&R at a Major, complete expense account, spending OPM (other people’s money) to find and develop acts…Oh yeah, you were getting PAID!

    Doesn’t make sense and I think he’s just trying to get ahead and spin this before the bad news spreads through the industry!

    Why would anyone hire your ‘firm’ when you couldn’t get it done with a perfect set up at Atlantic.

    Sickamore is a ‘has been’ @ 22 – Congratulations!

  • Channel

    Hey Sick,

    Don’t feel bad my man…There’s no more talent left in Hip-Hop to actually sign.

  • http://myspace.com/xomusic Chris [Free Bobby]

    I respect Sickamore, I really do, but the guy was pretty full of himself for someone who never really panned out at Atlantic. The Major Label situation (hip-hop industry in general) isn’t good right now, agreed, but why do we hear as much of him, if not more of him than some artists on roster? He wants to be AS FAMOUS AS the artists he says he can make famous. He’s had big signings, like Saigon and I think he may have signed Flo Rida, but where is the development? He’s leaving before those releases?! He’s def got Mogul potential, but I think HE THINKS he’s already there, when really, he had an unspectacular tenure at Atlantic Records.

  • Fireforreal

    Hey what the fuck ever happened to Saigon ? I heard his moral of the story and it was dope but I guess his album is still coming soon huh ? it’s almost the 4th anniversery of the original release date.

  • calimovement

    If what you wrote is really the reason….then much respect and godd luck.

  • yeah right

    Look at dude trying to pretend like he didnt get fired!

    lol @ “lost my faith in the major label system”.

  • EReal

    It was all good just a week ago….

  • gh

    bicth nigga got signed .i remmber his bicth ass making fun of jigga of all ppl when he signed with atlantic