Jay Sean is no longer down with Cash Money. The British crooner has officially left the label.
The split comes six years after Sean signed to Cash Money, where he released two albums, 2009’s All or Nothing, which spawned the No. 1 single “Down,” and 2013’s Neon.
But the relationship ended on good terms. “I had and still maintain a great relationship with [Cash Money CEOs] Slim and Baby,” Sean told Billboard. “They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success.”
He wants to return to his R&B roots. “It got to the point where I was chasing pop success and ‘the smash’ when really my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” he explained. “That’s not why I got into this game.”
Sean is moving forward independently and will release his mixtape, Mistress II, in November. He has premiered a video for the lead track “Tears in the Ocean,” which is part of his goal to “make music that meant something, that had substance.”
“When Sade drops a new album, you know she’s not going to be suddenly singing over a EDM beat produced by the hottest DJ at the time or jumpin’ on the bandwagon of what the latest ‘sound’ is,” he said. “You should be able to do you. That’s what differentiates an artist from a singer.”
Watch the steamy music video, which was shot by his brother and co-produced by his wife.