Troubled hip-hop star DMX has left the Def Jam citing difficulties with label President and fellow rapper Jay-Z.
DMX will now release his comeback album â€˜Here We Go Againâ€™ through Sony after finding it impossible to deal with his friend becoming his boss.
He rants, â€œI knew it wouldn't work. We're peers and it always creates problems when your friend suddenly becomes your boss. He's in a position, 'cause he has to do his job, and you're in a position like, 'Yo, this is my friend.'"
Sounding distinctly unloved, the Irish Examiner also quotes him as saying, â€œI made $144 million in the first year - their best ever. How much do you think they gave me? Nothing. Not even a card, and Def Jam was going down. I enabled them to sell the company."
DMX has undergone a difficult year after brushing with the law on driving and weapons charges, as well as reportedly suffering from substance abuse problems. He even turned up for a recent gig three hours late before performing for a whole quarter of an hour.
However, all is not lost â€“ he is planning to ditch his â€˜Dark Manâ€™ moniker after undergoing a â€˜spiritual conversionâ€™.