In honor of the anniversary, Cassie has come out to talk about the changing music industry and her departure from Bad Boy Records, where she released her 2006 debut album Cassie.
The 34-year-old singer, who ended her romantic relationship with Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2018, married Alex Fine in 2019 and has welcomed two girls, Frankie and Sunny.
Since leaving Bad Boy, she has been releasing music independently via her Ventura Music label.
Speaking with Ciara on her Apple Music show “Level Up Radio” Cassie revealed:
“I left Bad Boy. I was able to get out of my deal. So now I’m independent,” Cassie confirmed.
“So that’s just very different from the start.”
“It’s so different. And I mean, even now I’m just in a different place in my life,” said Cassie, who is happy being her own boss and making her own decisions.
“It’s the place to be, just to own your stuff and just… You could do whatever you want. You could wake up tomorrow and be like, ‘Okay, I want to record four records. And then put them out and it’s mine. And what you going to say?’”
Ciara, who launched her own independent label Beauty Marks Entertainment, concurred. “And you don’t feel the pressure of like having to wait on if someone’s going to like something or have to wait on someone else to make a decision for you,” she said.
“You get to make the decision for yourself. And that’s true girl empowerment right there.”
Ciara also handed Cassie her flowers, calling “Me & U” a “classic.”
“When I hear people playing it still, I’m like, ‘That song is so old,’” said Cassie.
“But it’s like, ‘Okay, I’ll accept the classic.’ I’ll accept the classic.”