WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Amil Reveals Why She Left Roc-A-Fella + Hear Her New Single ‘Remember’



Remember Amil? She was the sole estrogen contributor to the Roc-A-Fella crew and best known for lending her voice to JAY Z’s hit singles “Do It Again” and “Can I Get A.”

Then, in what felt like out of the blue …Amil disappeared.

Well, Amil is back. She prepping for the release of her forthcoming mixtape and she’s released a new single appropriately titled, “Remember.”

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Amil reveals why she abruptly left Roc-A-Fella.

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, thats 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 sh*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.

Amil went on to share what we can expect from her return to music after being out of the spotlight for so long.

I’m wrapping up my mixtape, ‘A Moment In Life.’ It should be out late spring or early Summer. It’s a lot of R&B. I still love 90’s music so I wanted to stay in that zone. I miss the music of my era. People remember me from the late 90s, and that’s what I like to represent. So I’m doing a lot of songs off 90s beats and collaborating with 90s artists (Havoc, JT Money, Killah Priest). You’ll hear a much mature Amil.

Without further ado, check out Amil‘s new single, “Remember” below.



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