12.14.2015

Jeremih Calls Out Def Jam: ‘Y’all Don’t Deserve My Voice’

Jeremih had a few choice words for his label Def Jam Records this past weekend.

The R&B singer, who released his new album Late Nights on Dec. 4 with little warning, took to Twitter yesterday to put his imprint on blast, claiming that they deliberately undershipped the project, resulting in low sales.

“@DeafJamRecords y’all don’t even deserve my voice,” he wrote. “It’s not the fact that mi album was actually priced 18.99. There’s actually no CD’s in the stores to even buy ,that’s themain point. each Best Buy was shipped 6-7 copies a peice. We checked in to the Corperate offices at Best Buy in Chicago and they told us LateNights wasn’t on this wks added shipment list ,nor next weeks ?? #MyAlbumJustDroppedLastWeek. It’s ok though I got some’n for everybody who tried me.”

The day after the LP’s release, Jeremih spoke with The New York Times about the album’s “perfect ghetto rollout.” “You’re talking about somebody that ain’t got no videos for any of my platinum singles,” he said, referring to his smash singles “Don’t Tell ‘Em” and “Down on Me.” “You can’t ride around New York and see my face on a poster, and my album’s out. Truth is, I know people are responsible to do that. The label is responsible to do that.”

Late Nights faced a series of delays for as long as a year. 50 Cent, who guested on “Down on Me,” pointed the finger at Def Jam for stifling his career. “What Def Jam has done to Jeremih is so foul. They have dropped the ball in so many ways.”

Jeremih’s complaints come shortly after his labelmate, August Alsina, blamed Def Jam for leaking his album This Thing Called Life, which released on Dec. 11.