Itís been 15 years since Cassie released her breakout hit ďMe & U.Ē
In honor of the anniversary, the mother of two stopped by Ciaraís Apple Music show ďLevel Up RadioĒ to reflect on the changing music industry and discuss her departure from Bad Boy Records, where she released her 2006 debut album Cassie.
ďI left Bad Boy. I was able to get out of my deal. So now Iím independent,Ē Cassie confirmed. ďSo thatís just very different from the start.Ē
The 34-year-old singer, who ended her romantic relationship with Sean ďDiddyĒ Combs in 2018, married Alex Fine in 2019 and welcomed two girls, Frankie and Sunny. Since leaving Bad Boy, she has been releasing music independently via her Ventura Music label.
ďItís so different. And I mean, even now Iím just in a different place in my life,Ē said Cassie, who is happy being her own boss and making her own decisions.
ďItís the place to be, just to own your stuff and justÖ You could do whatever you want. You could wake up tomorrow and be like, ĎOkay, I want to record four records. And then put them out and itís mine. And what you going to say?’Ē
Ciara, who launched her own independent label Beauty Marks Entertainment, concurred. ďAnd you donít feel the pressure of like having to wait on if someoneís going to like something or have to wait on someone else to make a decision for you,Ē she said. ďYou get to make the decision for yourself. And thatís true girl empowerment right there.Ē
Ciara also handed Cassie her flowers, calling ďMe & UĒ a ďclassic.Ē ďWhen I hear people playing it still, Iím like, ĎThat song is so old,’Ē said Cassie. ďBut itís like, ĎOkay, Iíll accept the classic.í Iíll accept the classic.Ē
During the interview, Ciaraís son Future also called up his mother asking to speak with Cassie. Listen below.