Amil From Roc-A-Fella New Track ‘Remember’
[NecoleBitchie] Remember Amil? Back in the early 2000s, she was Roc-A-Fella Records’ first lady and contributed to Jay Z’s songs like “Can I Get A…” as well as a track with Beyoncé titled, “I Got That!” We haven’t really heard from Amil since her album release in 2000, except for rumors that she was putting in hours at a local K-Mart, but it looks like she’s trying to make a comeback!
This week, she released a new track, “Remember,” which samples Faith Evans’ “You Used to Love Me,” and she plans to drop a mixtape this year that is influenced by the raw New York City Hip Hop of the 90s.
So where has she been? In a recent interview with Billboard, she explains exactly why she got out of the rap game:
I wasn’t there mentally. I was in my own world. Was I prepared? No. Did I realize what was happening right before my eyes? No.
I started to rebel. I rebelled against the industry because it’s not what I wanted. I hated traveling. I wasn’t at after parties or the club. Also, at the time my son’s asthma, [who was] 5 [or] 6-years-old at the time, was getting worse and no one was there for him. I had to be there for him.
I didn’t think about the legalities of a lot of things. I never cared about the contracts. I could have been signing my life away… I was not a business woman at that time. I didn’t have a manager or the things that most artists have. I didn’t put my all into it. I didn’t give 100% of myself. I felt like it just wasn’t for me. That’s when I started rebelling. I started rebelling because I wanted out. It was easier for me to slip away. I faded myself. No one faded me. And, that’s when everything seemed to go left.
I think they (Roc-A-Fella) knew through my actions that I wasn’t in it. I wasn’t the artist that was doing everything be No. 1. I wasn’t doing anything to make myself bigger than what I was. I wasn’t putting any effort in promotion. I wasn’t looking at it as a career. It’s not that I wasn’t doing it because I was stupid, it was because I didn’t want to be there anymore.
There was never a conversation. He (Jay Z) knew that that’s not where I wanted to be. I told him that I couldn’t do it for another year. I think he understood, overall. He thought that as time went on I’d be ready, but later realized I wasn’t. I know he knew, ‘She don’t give a f–k about this s–t.
I was fine being an around the way rapper. If I could go back in time and do it all over again, I wouldn’t have allowed myself to jump in the game. If I would have did it again, I would have left it alone. I wasn’t cut out for it. I probably would have stepped in as a writer.
The question is: Is Amil ready for the game now?
Listen to her new track “Remember” below: