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Waka Flocka Flame Leaves Atlantic Records, Says 'I'm a Free Agent'

by Cailey Lindberg   Nov 11, 2016 11:59 AM EST

Waka Flocka Flame E3 2015 (Photo : Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images )

After a year long battle, Waka Flocka Flame has finally left his old label Atlantic Records, and is now proclaiming “I’m a free agent.”

This past Wednesday, the rapper shared the news on Twitter, writing “I’m officially a free agent!!” “No label! I wanna personally thank every fan that called my old label.”

The Atlanta rapper has been embroiled in a dispute with Atlantic since last April, and publicly shamed the label for holding back his Flockavelli 2 release. He also asserted that the label didn’t care about him personally after he was shot later in the year.

A tweet from last October that read, “The first thing the label asked after I got shot is - ‘can you go to the studio. From that day forward I knew my label didn’t care I’m just another dollar sign.”

Flame also went on a Twitter tirade demanding to be released, and accusing the label of being a money machine. He claimed that resources to release albums have not been put behind him and talked about just how long a band can be signed to a major label before their record is released.

The rapper also encouraged his fans to demand his release from the label.

He is not the first rapper that has been at odds with Atlantic and Lupe Fiasco also was embroiled in a struggle, going as far as to stage a protest outside of the main building. Flockavelli 2 had been expected to be released last June, but never arrived.

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