A year ago this month, Joie Manda was appointed Def Jam President. But today, he announced his resignation and new position as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records. No word as to his successor, but in statement he said the following.
“Despite having to move back to Los Angeles for personal reasons, I am truly grateful to Barry, John and Jimmy Iovine (Chairman & CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M) for this exciting new opportunity. I’ve learned a lot from Barry in the last year and am very appreciative of everything he has done for me. I am now looking forward to being part of the Interscope family, a company uniquely positioned for success despite this challenging marketplace.”
Reports swirled last week that L.E.P. Bogus boys inked a deal with Gee Roberson’s new imprint on Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records called Blueprint.
Eric Alvarez, president and CEO of Infrared Music, has now confirmed the deal with Blueprint to FakeShoreDrive:
“We appreciate any and everyone that’s ever listened to our music, watched our videos and supported our cause. We’re here to open the door for Chicago music and show you what it’s really about, so we can change the misrepresentation of our city and how we’re portrayed to the world. There’s a wealth of positives and potential in our city and region. Everybody knows L.E.P. and Infared Music Group has been carrying the torch and we will continue to brand and grow right here in Chicago. Special shouts out to all the youngins doing it, and a very special shout out to the most promising artist Spenzo (@AintUSpenzo). 2013 it’s all of ours.”
In promoting his latest project, Jesus Piece, Game has been asked to speak on his past. In one recent interview with BET, Game was asked about past feuds with Jay-Zand 50 Cent. While discussing this, Game shared his feelings on a possible collaboration with Jay-Z and explained how G-Unit could reunite.
“It wasn’t that I resented Jay-Z or had any real beef,” Game explained, when discussing his lyrical feud with Jigga. “I just wanted to pick a fight and maybe he would spit at me and I could spit at him and get into a lyrical war…I tried and he responded with little lines here and there and I think the possibility of a song happening over the years kind of got tainted. But it’s a new day. I’m a new person. I’m a little bit older. Hopefully one day we’ll be able to make that happen. If not, I’ve had a glorious career. I’m on my fifth album and not really looking for anything else to fall out the sky for me so it is what it is.”
Jay-Z isn’t the only former foe he’d collaborate with. According to Game, he and 50 Cent could collaborate in the future and there’s still a possibility of “G-Unit reforming.”
What 50 gotta do is let go of his ego. I don’t hold grudges. I was mad for the time being when we were going through that and after that, I immediately graduated to a neutral ground where that could have happened but it’s 50, man. Once he calms his ego and realizes that there still could be the possibility of G-Unit reforming, then who knows? But I know you can’t put together G-Unit without Game and you can’t do it without 50,” he said. “It’s kind of like that John Lennon/Paul McCartney thing. Jimmy Iovine used to say that a lot.” via:hiphopdx.com
Former Bad Boy rapper Shyne is trying to gain hip-hop’s interest in his fledgling career. His latest attempt at relevance comes in the form of Shyne calling rapper Kendrick Lamar‘s album good kid, m.A.A.d city trash. After being attacked and ridiculed by Black Twitter, Shyne called in to New York City radio show The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show to defend himself.
Shyne feels Kendrick Lamar has the potential to deliver a classic album, but says good kid, m.A.A.d city is garbage because K. Dot has been fed to the hype machine. Basically, he’s saying everybody likes Kendrick’s album because we were told we should. When he was asked to further explain his thought process, Shyne stated, “I ain’t starting no trouble. Listen, y’all live in the United States of America. We don’t live in the United States of Aftermath, Jimmy Iovine doesn’t pay me, I can say whatever I want. I’m not talking reckless. I said the young boy got potential and I said he was talented, but the album is trash. That’s tough love.”
“What I said wasn’t not nice, I didn’t attack him as an individual, I didn’t say anything disrespectful. It’s trash! I don’t really listen to these rappers, but I heard him on a few joints and I was like, shorty’s nice. … So when he was coming out with an album, I was like, I’ma hear more of that,” Shyne went on.
After calling the beats on good kid, m.A.A.d city terrible, Shyne said he felt it was his responsibility to say what he said because he doesn’t want Kendrick to become a victim of his own hype. “I feel bad for him because everybody’s gassing him right now, everyone’s on him. He on fire because of that Interscope machine, he’s on fire because of that Dr. Dre machine. He’s nice, but that’s a lot of hype. All I’m saying is, to show y’all I’m not a hater, 50 Cent delivered. I never had nothing positive to say about him, but he delivered. He lived up to the hype.”