After garnering a huge online buzz with more than 12 million YouTube views, Maryland rapper Wax (now residing in Los Angeles) was on a high horse after celebrating his signing with Def Jam Records back in early 2011. On board a hip-hop artist’s dream label, the rapper initially had huge plans for his major label debut, but decided to leave Def Jam after the label would not allow his creative vision to take center stage. Wax recently shared his experience with Def Jam, and the video below is certainly worth watching for anyone still interested in scoring a record deal.
"After a while, everything you do is so put under a microscope,” Wax explained. “All the songs that you make are put under a microscope by 20 people. The point is, after a while, you second-guess yourself to the point where you don't trust your own instinct anymore. Your instinct is really what gets you to that place in the first place.”
This uncertainty and uneasiness caused him to become so uninspired that he requested his release.
“Before I had this record deal, I was happy. But after a while that kind of got taken away; everything I liked was being questioned under this microscope, so I started doubting myself.”
Despite his release, Wax is in high spirits and happy that he can now be in creative control, and above all, in charge of his own career. He provides an interesting perspective of an artist that got signed to a dream label, and not having it be all that it was cracked up to be.
Check out the video below: