Westside Gunn is a free agent. The rapper appeared in the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, which aired on Saturday (Nov. 14), and revealed that he is no longer a part of Eminem’s Shady Records.
The Griselda member caught up with Budden, Rory and Mal on their podcast and he was asked about his connection to the record label and what his status was in regards to his deal with the “Lose Yourself” rapper’s label.
He said that he is no longer signed to Shady since the release of his project Who Made The Sunshine, which was released in October. “Um, I’m off Shady. I’m actually a free agent. It feels great. Who Made The Sunshine was it. I already spoke to Paul [Rosenberg]. Everything’s good. Like, everything’s signed, sealed and delivered, I have my paperwork, like, I’m off Shady,” Westside said on Budden’s podcast.
“I’m one of those type of dudes, I’m not no public talking n-gga. That’s just how I move. It’s like saying me and Benny or me and Conway or Conway and Benny or whoever, we might have a disagreement, but the world will never know. We still gonna be brothers and cousins,” he added. “It’s the same way even with business, because at the end of the day, this a big world. Even if somebody else is a sucka, I’m never gonna play that sucka role.”
Westside has been open about being disappointed with the way Shady Records handled the promotion for his album, and Eminem also didn’t promote the project on social media. He was also vocal when Shady Records failed to acknowledge that Griselda was nominated at the 2020 BET Awards this summer. “I wonder do @ShadyRecords know we’re nominated for a BET AWARD tonight,” he tweeted at the time.
On the podcast, Westside also opened up about dealing with his COVID-19 diagnosis in March after going on tour with the group and being in Wyoming with Kanye West. The rapper said he was skeptical about the virus at first, but realized how serious it was because his symptoms were severe enough to have him fear for his life. “I chilled with Ye. We took the PJ back to L.A., three days later I talk to him again and he was sick, and I was sick. I was feeling weird but I didn’t what was going on,” the rapper said. “He went and got tested and he had it.”
“I thought I was done. I was making calls to people like, ‘Yo, if I die, this is here, this is there. I couldn’t get off the couch. I stayed in the house for weeks,” the rapper, who suffers from asthma, shared. “I still feel fucked up to this day because of my asthma.”
The rapper said he’s “retiring” from rap at the end of the year but revealed that he will release his next mixtape Sincerely Adolf before then. He founded Griselda Records in 2012 in Buffalo, New York alongside his brother Conway the Machine, their cousin Benny the Butcher, and their in-house producer Daringer.
Watch the full interview below.