XXcLusive: Pill Speaks on Signing With Asylum

The labels went Ham over signing Pill and XXLMag.com has confirmed that the November ‘09 Show and Prove candidate has signed with Asylum Records, joining a roster that includes Gucci Mane, Lil’ Boosie and Cam’ron.

XXL reached out to P-I Double to find out the details of the deal. “They were the first to reach out to me and if you look at the urban side of the music they got control over that shit right now,” he said. “They smashing radio right now. And if you look at the other labels I haven’t really seen them break an artist in I don’t know how long, I mean a new urban act…most of these labels are breaking R&B artists. I was like damn, I got in a spot where I can actually be heard and not be overpowered by some big R&B pop star.”

According to the Atlanta-native, every major label, from Universal Motown to Def Jam, to Atlantic to Interscrope were reaching out to get him to sign on the dotted line but he was most intrigued by the Warner offshoot. “It’s almost like Asylum got like three or four top urban acts that been gaining in the last couple quarters,” he explained of his decision. “With Gucci and then New Boyz smashed, the Boosie, you seen him everywhere. The promotions team, the marketing, all that shit is crazy. I need that type of marketing if I’m gonna take it to the next level.”

While Pill’s manager Derek Schklar was tight-lipped about the exact amount of advance money Pill was awarded he had this to say, “It was a very unconventional deal for Asylum.”

Over the course of 2009, the up-and-coming MC made a name for himself with two critically acclaimed mixtapes—4180: The Prescription and the 4075: The Refill—as well the draw dropping video for his buzz-inducing single “Trap Goin’ Ham.” He was also included on Killer Mike’s Underground Atlanta compilation.

As of press time there is no set date for Pill’s major label debut, The Medicine.—Jesse Gissen

  • AZ40

    Really, only heard a little of him not really interested though

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    “It was a very unconventional deal for Asylum”

    360 deal where you get most of your bread up front…then starving on the back-end.

    Good look Pill.

  • GIFT

    BEEN READING ALOT ABOUT THIS CAT. i’LL CHECK HIM OUT AND SEE WUT IT DO. fROM WUT i’VE READ THOUGH, DUDE GOT A STRONG FOLLOWING IN THE STREETS IN DA ATL. GOOD LUCK.

  • Estanislao

    If you DONT like Gucci Mane or them other corny dudes, then check this guy out. The Refill is one of the best mixtapes out last year.

  • Xenophon

    Asylum?? Seems like a good choice, but it seems like they bricked with BOTH Cam (45K) and Gucci (90K), soft numbers for both of those guys – the two rappers that had an incredible street buzz last year. Hope Pill does better….

  • yoprince

    he not really poppin in ATL like you would think.

    i know ppl from there who’ve never heard of him.

    Trap Goin Ham is dope tho.

    • El Tico Loco

      He ain’t poppin that heavy here for one cuz he can actually spit, two somebody with a heavier influence has to cosign him or payoff a few radio jocks to influence the sheepish nature of most ATL residents.

  • iLL

    ..but yall will co-sign all these sing songy, tight pants wearing mf’s though. *smh*

    Im glad he signed with a label that doesnt hesitate getting behind more edgy artists. Did a little research on youtube on this dude a while back and i can say he a raw fella from the south with good lyrical skills. I hope he get his just due.

  • 619

    This cat is the only new artist from the South that I’ll listen to right now, real talk. A lot of youngsters comin’ around me talkin’ bout “this new Wayne joint or this new Gucci joint with such and such R&B artist is smashin’”. Keep that cotton candy, peanut butter jelly bull shit from round me.

  • RIOTLIFE

    Pill is the new truth from the south. the Refill was the ish! That “hear somebody coming” beat is one of the hardest last year… and dude can rhyme!

  • BigJon

    YAH, Pill it real dope. Way to go Koch

  • Vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    thats a good look for homey, been rootin for him for a minute!

  • sean_izzle

    i will have to check this dude out, but that Trap Going Ham song was posted here and it werent any good at all IMO, but joining my man Cam’ron on is record label isnt a bad choise so good luck

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