Stat Quo Tells the Story of Getting Dropped From Aftermath After Arguing With Eminem
Years ago, Stat Quo found himself on one of the biggest teams and labels as part of Dr. Dre and Eminem's Shady/Aftermath. His debut album Statlanta sat on the shelf for years though, and in a recent interview, Stat says it's because he fought with Em over singles.
“My album would have came out but I fucked up,” he says in a Facebook video included below. “There was a song called ‘Dance On It.’ Em wrote the chorus and Em wanted me to say the chorus. I thought it was not good. If I would have said, ‘Yeah, that’s it! That’s the one we going with!’ I would’ve got my album out. But I tried to be on some ‘Nah, I don’t like that; that ain’t a hit.’ I was really arguing with the top-selling rapper of all time on what a fuckin’ hit was. What a dummy idiot I was!”
He continues, saying that things really deteriorated when he first asked Em to stay on the hook then asked for a million dollars to cooperate. "And when I said that, me and Eminem... it was a wrap! He was mad as shit! And Dre was like, ‘Yo, you made him mad.’ And then like the next day, I like apologized with tears in my eyes. Because I’m watching my fuckin’ career go down the drain.”
Stat as well says that he was trying to fit into the label's sound rather than sticking to his own. “I came in there a certain kind of way then I started trying to make music to appease them instead of trying to make music to appease the people that got me in that door..." he says. "All these people I talked about picked an identity: Game’s a Blood, 50’s a gangster, Kendrick’s an intellectual. You know who the fuck they rapping to when they rap. Stat Quo was all over the place. That’s not Dre’s fault, that’s my fault.”
Statlanta was eventually released in 2010, seven years after it was supposed to drop. Neither Em nor Dre are featured anywhere on it. Stat's Shady years did amount however to seven appearances on the 2006 compilation album Eminem Presents: The Re-Up.
Catch Stat Quo's full interview below.
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