In July 2014, Shmurda performed with fellow American rapper Meek Mill and later signed a record deal to Epic Records. On August 29, 2014, Shmurda released a reggae remix, featuring Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X. On September 5, 2014, the second remix to “Hot Nigga” was released, featuring Fabolous, Chris Brown, Jadakiss, Rowdy Rebel, Busta Rhymes and Yo Gotti. Shmurda’s debut studio album with Epic Records was scheduled for release in 2016 being executively produced by Jahlil Beats. though that was later postponed due to Shmurda’s imprisonment.
Shmurda freestyled for rapper Meek Mill in February 2017 and claimed that he was still writing music while in prison, indicating that he was preparing music for when he is released.