Rakim Leaves Aftermath Entertainment

Legendary rapper Rakim has split with Dr. Dre’s

Aftermath Entertainment record label, due to what Rakim’s management deemed

"creative differences."

"Rakim and Aftermath have mutually decided

to part ways," Rakim’s manager Zach Katz told AllHipHop.com. "Rakim

is presently in talks with three powerhouse record companies."

Recently at the BET Awards, Rakim presented with

Baby from Cash Money Records and boasted that his album would be in stores by

the end of the summer on Aftermath.

MTV reported last week that Dre and Rakim had

finished 16 songs and were working to finish seven more, before picking a single

to release.

"He can bring the best out of me, and I

want to make sure that I bring the best out of him," Rakim told MTV of

Dre. "He goes in the studio from 3 [p.m. and] goes home 6, 7, 8 in the

morning, so to me, that’s all right. My man wants to work, so let’s get it poppin’."

The legendary rapper had been signed to Aftermath

for almost three years and fans have been anticipating the release of Oh

My God, despite the constant delays.

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