Bow Wow is the latest rapper to begin a battle with his record label. Although he recently said he was retiring from music, Bow Wow made a public plea for a release from Columbia Records saying is just unhappy. "Number one, Columbia has been messin' up since 2004-2005," he explained. "I think Columbia's problem is that they don't know how to work with rappers…I'm really the only rapper on that label…My labelmates consist of John Legend who they work extremely well with, Beyonce who they work extremely well with, but when it comes to rappers they're not really a rap label, they don't get it."
Bow Wow says there are many factors to why he thinks Columbia isn't a good label for rappers. "They're not young, and I'm a young guy but they're not young, so they don't really understand what the young people want. They got Three 6 Mafia, but when is the last time that Three 6 Mafia have put out a successful album? You can't really blame the artists because the label is the energy."