It’s starting to look like the honeymoon is over for Death Grips and Epic. After what seemed to be a rock-solid marriage full of unauthorized album leaks and the publication of privileged emails between label and band management, Epic has released a statement revealing that perhaps all was not bliss in Camelot:
Epic Records is a music first company that breaks new artists. That is our mission and our mandate. Unfortunately, when marketing and publicity stunts trump the actual music, we must remind ourselves of our core values. To that end, effective immediately, we are working to dissolve our relationship with Death Grips. We wish them well.
So that’s probably that. Death Grips will walk away with more publicity than money can buy, and Epic gets the house, the car, and the dogs. If these two cockeyed, idealistic dreamers can’t pull it off, what chance do the rest of us have?