It’s been 15 years since Cassie released her breakout hit “Me & U”.
In honor of the anniversary, the mother of two went to Ciara’s Apple Music show, Level Up Radio, to reflect on the changing music industry and discuss her departure from Bad Boy Records, where she released her debut album in 2006 Cassie.
“I left Bad Boy. I was able to get out of my business. So now I’m independent, ”Cassie confirmed. “So it’s completely different from the start.”
The 34-year-old singer, who ended her romantic relationship with Sean “Diddy” 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 through her Ventura Music label.
“It’s so different. And I mean, even now I’m just in a different place in my life, ”said Cassie, who is happy to be her own boss and make her own decisions.
“It’s the place just to have your stuff and just … you can do what you want. You might wake up tomorrow and say, “Okay, I want to record four records. And then delete it and it’s mine. And what will you say ‘”
Ciara, who founded her own independent label Beauty Marks Entertainment, agreed. “And you don’t feel the pressure of waiting when someone likes something or having to wait for someone to make a decision for you,” she said. “You have to make the decision yourself. And that’s the real empowerment of girls right there. “
Ciara also handed Cassie her flowers and called “Me & U” a “classic”. “When I hear people still playing it, I think, ‘This song is so old,'” said Cassie. “But it’s like, ‘Okay, I’ll accept the classic.’ I will accept the classic. “
During the interview, Ciara’s son Future also called his mother and asked her to speak to Cassie. Listen down below.