M.I.A. Leaves Jay Z's Roc Nation

(AllHipHop News) The new year brings new things for M.I.A. as the singer leaves Roc Nation management.

The singer made the announcement via Twitter.

“[I’m] leaving Roc Nation. Thank[s] to everyone who supported the M.I.A #MATANGI LP. Happy New Year,” she tweeted.

The 38-year-old singer started with Jay-Z’s company in May of 2012 and joined Rihanna, J. Cole, Meek Mill and Wale, among others.

  • Vinsanity


  • didnt think she was that old

    • Jayson C Williams

      How old I think jay electronica is? Almost the same age

    • C. Black

      You actually think 38 is old mayne?

      • no,but when someones a decade older than you,yeah lol..but i thought she was in her mid 20s

      • C. Black

        I can dig it. Yea, I just exposed myself too, I’m bout to make a new song called “40 is the new 30”, shit gonna be hot, trust!!!!

  • John Q. Public

    Damn I didn’t know she was 38… Jay Electronica needa leave. ive bout givin up all hope on him, I don’t even think he cares no more

    • regal84

      Jay Elec is enjoying that billionaire pu$$…he doesn’t need to cut an album…if he did, it would be for the hell of it, and I don’t wanna hear a lackluster effort from him on an album..he’s too dope for that…

      • Elayorx El

        Ok, Jay Elec is nice, but did I see someone on here say, “greatest of all time”? If I had a “billionaire” situation like they say he has, that would have been more than enough to finance at least my debut, because this is supposed to be about the craft, not how much money one has. If he’s truly got love, he’ll find a way to get the product out, but if not, maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

    • dehova

      Bro, after the “Control” remix, I pretty much thought the same. When you got the woman he has (allegedly) motivation must be hard to muster.

    • Jayson C Williams

      Word! Jay electronica is the richest rapper to never drop! Promise u that

    • jay electronica followed me on twitter. i asked him what the hell the deal was a couple times on DM…as expected…no response

    • Papi Peligro

      I thought that 1 rich chick was managing Jay Electronica.

    • Judah Nazayar

      i hear you… But hes the greatest MC of all time… im still waiting..

    • C. Black

      Doesn’t Jay Elec got bread? Why don’t ol boy holla at some beatmakers, grab some beats, and put something out?

      • John Q. Public

        he tweeted out an image of his tracklist 2years ago and said it was finished. jay jus wont let him release

      • C. Black

        2 years ago?!! Sheesh, nigga contract should be about done right now, get out of that shit and put something out.

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  • Black Jay

    Kinda expected that. Her album sales aren’t enough to support Jigga’s fee. M.I.A. Has been going through some stuff ever since that Super Bowl stuff, losing her fiancé and the child custody problems. It’s my personal opinion that she has some serious emotional issues. Living on the street, hating her dad, etc…. Good luck M.I.A., I wish you the best.

  • its crazy that roc nation has that many big time artists…thats pretty much your normal radio rotation right there smh

    • Jayson C Williams

      But they are all in the same genre/lane.. Plenty of conflict of interests when it comes to big campaigns etc. Wale and meek mill and jcole are all the same to me. She’s smart leaving. Rita Ora, Beyoncé, Rihanna they’re all n the same lane jayz needs to learn diversification

      • Jay

        This is true

      • i agree. but in the music biz its all about relationships within a lane. so jay and his team or just rehashing those relationships and connex for each artist, trickling them down the label totem pole. each artist can have a dedicated quarter or so of the year hopefully and the profits are easy to predict. he is playing it safe. nothing new here. he played it safe his whole career really when u think about it. he never comes out of pocket or acts out. everything is tightly pressed and organized within his lane so that he can sustain his business and his money.

      • Jayson C Williams

        Yea he’s the master at playing it safe, he’s sneaky I mean clever rather. Didn’t work with Nas but that’s 1 out of hundreds of W’s he has.. De Facto greatest rapper of all time, the other 2 are dead and the one that’s living is white.

      • bold statement, but like jay said. numbers dont lie so em should be considered the best

      • Jayson C Williams

        Yea but Em’s not only a recluse he’s an addict and few of his albums suck.. He has that Nas syndrome. Cause if Nas hadn’t went commercial so quickly in his prime id feel he should be no. 1

      • Celz

        Em is raw but his catalog is not stackin up to Jay or Nas.. Andre 3000 has Em beat IMO.. You ever hear Em try to make a club song shyt is horrible worse than Trinidad James.. I hope I never hear that song he did with T.I. again..

      • bisolabliss

        What does numbers represent when the majority of (Em & Jay) sales is to a demography that doesn’t even understand nor participate in the culture?

        How does a group of White kids and their mom who can’t tell their right from left; who doesn’t partake in the culture whatsoever be pointers to what’s acceptable/relevant?

        Is their purchasing power really important to anybody apart from the artists & labels? Numbers don’t mean sh1t and we all know it and Jay saying it doesn’t make it legit.

      • I don’t disagree..but to even be in a position to sell that many records a rapper has to conquer many aspects of the game. so the gaudy numbers. The best NFL, NBA, MLB players have championships, stats…numbers. Longevity, Consistency, and Long-term relevancy mean something. There are plenty of basketball players that can score 30 in a game…but who can average 30 a season, every season. Those are the greats, and those are the Jay-Z’s, Eminem’s of the game. No way around it…

      • bisolabliss

        You can’t take anything away from Jay, Em and their likes – nothing. But numbers has an absolute gauge of their greatness as Jay would want you to believe is bonkers.

        Even Em hasn’t come out to make such claims. The thing with Jay is, he fashioned his whole career along that trajectory and he’s trying to sell it, he needs people to buy into it at all cost.

        I actually understand Jay, I may not like his excessive dosage of capitalism but I understand it. He made it known from jump that he’s a hustler. He got into the game to cash off of it and that’s fine but don’t sell me that ‘you are the greatest cuz you hustled the game better’ mantra.

      • but from an industry perspective hustling the game is a major accomplishment. Most people who listen to rap automatically crown Biggie and Tupac to be equally the top when that had much to do with their individual stance and position in the game at the time of their deaths. As good as their music was that was only half of why everyone announced them to be the best. and Jay and Em feed off of that same fuel of industry promo, propaganda, sales, and everything else in addition to their actual rapping skills or musical relevancy

      • bisolabliss

        I concur but as an avid music listener, the industry doesn’t do sh1t for me other than distort things. And like I stated earlier, Jay’s stance is only beneficial to him and his backers/label/anybody that eats off him.

        As lively a debate as this topic would be considered in the annals of Hip-Hop history, Jay would never be crowned the best of his era not to talk of the greatest to ever do it and he wants it so badly it’s not even funny; he’s got ‘God’s Son’ to hate forever for that.

        The homie Nas doesn’t even have to say it, ‘the people’ know.

      • Spirit Equality

        Nas is a better rapper than Jay by almost any technical measure. Stronger voice, better lyricist, wider topical range…the only thing Jay used to have over Nas was flow, but modern near-billionaire Jay has given up on coming up with innovative flows and fallen into rapping the same way on almost every beat. So, if we’re going to talk about the greatest rapper alive, Nas has to be in that conversation.

      • Jayson C Williams

        Oh I wouldn’t have said his name if I didn’t think he was worthy of mentioning. Facts remain, wether he’s my no.1 doesn’t change the fact that he had sub-par like albums, and his ascensions or lack of in the rap game. Unless he’s content with just rapping, Nas should have a label with kendrick and jcole signed to it. That counts against his legacy if you’re asking me .

      • bisolabliss

        If you’d listen to or read the man, he’s actually ‘content with just rapping’.

        He is an emcee’s emcee.

      • Celz

        No he isn’t.. And I love Nas. Jay has better vocab, flow, rhyme patterns, relevancy, emotional songs, punch lines, cleverness, consistency and much much much larger body of work.. I could literally go on. Nas is a close second but IMO Jay has enough deep songs like Meet the Parents, Lost Ones, Song Cry, Minority Report, etc etc etc to go toe to toe with Nas. Nas brings a certain rawness, is more relate-able, is able to deviate from the “standard” song format easier, and his concepts are more creative. But as far as being a rapper or emcee I’d give it to Jay. Maybe I would say Nas is a better artist..

      • bisolabliss

        Uh? Larger body of work? You want to look that up again homes?

        “Jay has enough deep songs like Meet the Parents, Lost Ones, Song Cry, Minority Report, etc etc etc to go toe to toe with Nas.”

        Really, you are having a laugh right? There’s not enough space to list Nas’ deep songs.

        And in all of those categories you reeled off, Nas bodies Jay hands down.

      • Celz

        Four albums in ten years nicca I can divide…

      • Celz

        You sound emotional fam.. lmao

      • bisolabliss

        You need to see me in tears now fam, you’re right on the money.

      • Celz

        Don’t get me wrong tho I love Nas. Like I said he’s a close second, I’d rather chill with Nas anyday, and he was a real humble nicca when I briefly met him in Vegas. But to front like Jay Z is on Memph Bleek status seriously brings the credibility of your opinion into question. I’m not really all that into Pac and Biggie but I can still see how someone could like either one over Jay or Nas..

      • Sparky Flinstone

        how those jigga boo nuts in your mouth taste Celz? U spongebob loving niggas kill me

      • Celz

        Stfu wit ya emotional soft azz.. Niccas gettin they feelins hurt over another man’s musical preference. Kill yaself..

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  • BlackBombshell

    I think this is a good move. If I didn’t sign up for her emails and such, I would’ve never known she had a new album. I can’t remember seeing any promo of any kind.

  • Havoc Wreaka III

    38?? She should be focusing on her AARP insurance

    • Nigga D. Luffy #OnePiecesquad

      I would still bust all up in her though

      • FRUKOH

        straight money shot in her face then ‘take her mon-ey, her mon-ey’

    • Spirit Equality

      Unless you’re planning on dying at 45 or living in a war-torn country, 38 isn’t old at all.

      • Havoc Wreaka III

        It is for an artist

    • Sparky Flinstone

      some people such as yourself are just RETARDED how old are you and exactly what are you doing with your life, we’d love to hear it. Shortsighted people like u are usually not doing much of anything. BTW a guy named Don King came home from prison at 43 and at 44 became the biggest fight promoter of all time. A time when there were NO BLACK FIGHT PROMOTERS — you are an uninformed idiot

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  • If artists sign with artists, artists only sign people who make their product better or who might be dangerous for competing with the product.

    Wishing M.I.A. The best. Hope she still owns her name and
    her image.

  • Pirate7x

    I’d like to know more details. Is she blaming them for underwhelming sales when that’s the record labels job?

    She’s married to a Bronfmann who’s family are the owners of Seagram; owners of Universal/MCA/Interscope. What’s the deal?

    I didn’t know (or care) Roc Nation managed her. Folks leave & change management daily, why announce it? Was it something they are doing?

    Has she got a better management deal? What’s up?

  • She is the fuckin’ hottest.

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  • Sinbk Legend

    Great move, Roc Nation doesn’t do much for artist unless it’s Jay Z or Rihanna…

    • FRUKOH

      signing with jay z usually means career death e.g: jay electronica,
      m.i.a, memphis bleek, sauce money, state property, beanie sigel, freeway and them wack acts from UK
      he signed who don’t even deserve naming. Also dmx said jay z tried to screw up his career also.

      • Sean Power

        without jay-z memphis bleek, sauce money, state property, beanie sigel, freeway have no career

      • Spirit Equality

        Beanie would have had a career without Jay. He might not have been a platinum artist, but he was already affiliated with The Roots and would have had a decent career as a semi-underground artist even without Jay.

        Similarly, Freeway has shown that he can maintain an indie career post-Jay, so it’s just as likely he could have had a decent underground career without ever connecting with Jay as well. Not having gold or platinum albums is not the same thing as not having a career.

        Oh, and it should also be noted that Jay was still partners with Dame when he broke all those artists (except Sauce, who never really took off, sadly, but even his most famous work is Roc-A-Fella related, aside from ghostwriting for Puff). Once Jay left his partnership with Dame, how many new artists has he broken? Rihanna and J. Cole are pretty much it (it was Dame’s idea to sign Kanye as a rapper).

      • Sean Power

        what have all these artise done after jay ?
        and whom has dame taking star after jay ?
        remember dame dash music what fail that was, what was worst the show on bet

      • Spirit Equality

        If the question is how good of a label owner Jay is, and that is the conversation here, compare the sales record of Roc-A-Fella and the sales record of Roc Nation and ask yourself why Jay can’t break an artist by himself? J. Cole did most of the work on his own, including producing the lion’s share of his own material himself. Jay and Dame need one another in the *record* business.

        Also, you say everyone you listed would have “no career” without, Freeway has a career without Jay. He’s put out several albums since Roc-A-Fella folded.

      • tahpics

        If that’s the case, compare the sales of any major label to major label sales today. Has nothing to do with an individual, but the way albums are consumed.

      • Sparky Flinstone

        AND JIGGA BOO DID NOT BREAK RIHANNA another lie he rides off of… Rihanna was LA REIDS artist, he discovered her and help mastermind her marketing plan which called for her music to be played and broken at Adult Contemporary and Pop stations first Jigga Boo had no hand in this strategy.. Without Dame there is no Jigga Boo — now he is an industry pawn that’s all — dude has never broke an artists he is too full of envy and hatred to do so — this crab nigga been hating since Mase was hot, thought it was safe to go at NAS and the gay nigga was wounded with heavy doses of ETHER!!!

      • FRUKOH

        he let their careers die cos he is selfish and likes to sideline competition, why didn’t he push others albums like he pushed his own?

      • ONE

        I haven’t heard the name sauce money in years. I mean since back when it was cool to buy source magazines “years”

      • Sparky Flinstone

        CORRECTION! WITHOUT DAME DASH… Dame wa clearly the brains of that operation NOT the camel impersonator

      • Celz

        Did you buy they shyt? Artists fall off because they make most of their money off entertaining not art. Why would I out up a million for Sauce Money if I am not sure I will see a return? You ain’t Maya Angelou or Van Gogh, if you don’t drop your album on time or have to drop it with no budget the world will survive.

      • FRUKOH

        irrelevant, with promotion any of them could have sold. jay z was sooo wack to all of the labels that they wouldnt sign him & he had to do his own label and payola to get his rep up in his early days, he understand what publicity do but would rather sideline niggaz and use em as tax write offs. he want all the attention on him. insecure ugly ass rich nukka

      • Celz

        You act like it’s that simple. When a commercial artist like Trinidad James or Tyga out hustles you 5 to 1 expect they budget to be that much bigger as well.. Almost anyone signed to Roc had a chance. Baby ain’t holding Tyga and Drakes hand and they on. 9 out of 10 labels would have had the same outcome.. Alotta these cats should have been Independent like Dipset or E-40 and Too Short. If you aren’t willing to play the major label game and figure out how to release music that has a wide appeal then you’re kidding yourself on a major..

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  • therealdjfade

    she sucks , her classless superbowl act will be the only highlight of her career

  • Elayorx El

    M.I.A., arguably had one of the greatest buzzes, and influence worldwide, for a new artist on the scene. She is well familiar with the geopolitical, order of the day, and knows full well when it’s time to keep it moving. The pun on her name takes effect here, but she will surely pop up somewhere internationally, and continue to build a grand career. Time to turn up Maya!

    • BigHomie337

      One of the greatest buzzes and influences worldwide? Lol. U reaching homie. U drop her off in the middle of the country and I’d say 90% of ppl don’t even know her. She had a catchy single that had buzz but nothing else.

      • Elayorx El

        Absolutely. Having a grand buzz, and great influence is not limited to artists who have the mainstream on smash 25/8. You do not, I repeat, do not get to perform with an artist the caliber of Madonna, at one of the most celebrated events of the year, if your mediocre, or a “one-hit wonder”. Her views have had much to do with how she has been handled, to this point, and that stunt at the aforementioned Superbowl did not help any. Being a TRUE artist these days, could very well find you on the path of most resistance. Respect.

    • pauleyPee

      Her buzz was strong at a point… But for a 38 year-old female rapping singer with a toddler? It’s a wrap, dude. This chick isn’t Madonna.

      • YaheardSyndicate

        Are you crazy? She has TWO songs on the soundtrack to Slum Dog Millionaire. Bro, Shes still recognized worldwide on a MAJOR level. There are more people in India then the U.S and Uk combined Times 2

      • pauleyPee

        Am I crazy? No, are you crazy? Aside from her album “Kala” and the exclusive track to “Slumdog”, response to her music has been mixed, at best. Now, I like her. We don’t get to hear from too many international artists here in the states and she was a nice change of pace. But dude, this chick is not Nas, she’s not Jay-Z, she’s not Shakira, she’s not B’z, she’s not Julio or Enrique Iglesias, etc. So, that she is some huge international star? A stretch. I stand by my statement.

        Another thing 1) M.I.A. is English of Sri Lankan decent. And since you apparently missed that class, Sri Lanka is an Island country in which most of the populous has a Sinhalese background… Not Indian. 2) Most of the acclaim for “Slumdog” came outside of India, so even though her record was big on that soundtrack, she’s hardly been burning up airwaves since… And it’s been 5-years since that movie.

        Obviously, if she had the fanbase you’re talking about, coupled with her being signed to an international brand that possesses the kind of global distribution chops that Roc Nation does, she would have done massive units, by now. Not the case. Please sit down.

      • Celz

        Shyt bro.. You sonned homie

      • Shes married into seagrams dynasty. Her money has been washed,clear exit.noones gonna miss her smh

      • Elayorx El

        That strong “buzz”, is enough for her and her toddler to eat well for a very long time, off shows alone, never mind residuals. Respect.

      • pauleyPee

        Assuming that she owns a decent percentage of her publishing, yeah they’re eating well. These days, however, artists usually sign most of those rights over as part of these 360 deals… But again, I’m not really commenting on her financial situation… I’m commenting on the trajectory of her career from here on out.

      • Elayorx El

        Point taken, and internationally, as long as she “turns up” in some sort of way, she will be ok. If Madonna were her, we probably would not be commenting here. Respect.

  • hoeyuno

    No thanks to jay and the team??? Haha jay fucced up her buzz I guess. in jays defence tho, she got pregnant in the middle of her 5 and took a break probably….I know the tweet says little but it does sound a tad bitter.

  • C. Black

    Damn, I must’ve been all the way out of the loop. Never heard of her.

    • Ronin_84

      WAAAAAAAAAAY out of the loop…… but her stuff is kind of underground famous. She did a song called Paper Planes a while ago that was pretty big on the radio. She’s actually pop, not hip hop. Might want to check out her stuff: Bad Girls, 10 Dollar, 20 Dollars,. Some creative sh#^ in there.


    Surprised she joined in the first place. Jay-Z and “Roc” are “big business.” Big money, all over the radio, etc. MIA is an independent, free thinker type of musician. They don’t click.

  • arrdeesss

    Hoe azz nicca wasn’t helping her career anyway.

  • therealdjfade

    she is trash

  • majesticking

    It’s sad how people put an age limit on artist, hip hop artist that is. I personally don’t care how old you are because music in itself is timeless, it’s sickening to me how people do this yet the same people wouldn’t tell Charlie Wilson he shouldn’t sing anymore, or tell Stevie Wonder stop playing the key boards and look at Bruce Springsteen he got to be at least 60 or near there and he’s still touring. Music is music it doesn’t matter how old you are it’s timeless that’s why you have classic songs that’ll never die idiots. Yet wrappers have to stop when their 29 or it’s only for the youth. Please Wake Up People!

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