In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Busta Rhymes spoke about the significance guest spots have had on the hip hop industry. The superstar rapper shared his opinion as to why such towering figures like Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z don’t feature on as many artists‘ work as other stars.
“There’s one of two reasons to me why the same people appear on every song: one reason is either they’re just the hottest dudes, and the other reason is…” he said before pausing. “It’s interesting to me that Eminem isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. It’s interesting to me that Nas isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. It’s interesting to me that Jay-Z isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. A lot of the very dangerously lyrical motherf*ckers. I think there’s a fear factor that plays a role, because sometimes you really don’t know if you’re going to be happy with what you asked for – especially if you might get your a** whooped on your own f*cking record!” Busta was also asked when he realized features were becoming more and more important.
“A long time ago, especially for the artists that can’t carry a record on their own,” Busta answered. “And since the era of developing artists has died with record companies over 10 years ago, a lot of dudes had to come out here and figure out how to get hot on their own. A lot of the times, the novelty of a name that’s popping in the market is the easiest way. So the feature became more important than the record a long time ago. It’s unfortunate, but I think there’s a change happening: A lot of the new dudes aren’t doing it. They started to realize chasing down a hot motherf*cker was a sh*t-ton of work, cause when a hot motherf*cker think he’s hot, they become divas real quick.”
It’s been close to a year and a half since Queensbridge lyricist Nas’ missed appearance at a December 2011 show in Angola resulted in the capture of a concert promoter and his son, and the rapper is still facing legal woes surrounding the kidnapping of the two men. According to NJ.com, Nas’ attorney has requested that a judge throw out a $10 million lawsuit the promoter, Allgood Entertainment’s Patrick Allocco, filed last year. The attorney for the rapper stated that any money Nas received from Allocco was eventually returned to the promoter and on top of that Allocco previously revealed that he wouldn’t sue the rapper once he was repaid his $300,000. It’s unclear what exactly the $10 million requested in the lawsuit covers, but Allocco’s lawsuit does make mention of various financial losses, physical trauma, and even his son’s post-traumatic stress disorder. Allocco and his son were kidnapped in Angola in late 2011 by employees of concert promoter Henrique “Riquhino” Miguel after Nas was a no-show at a New Year’s Eve concert he was scheduled to perform at in the country. When questioned about the incident during an interview last year, Nas revealed that proper travel arrangements were never made and he didn’t receive his $300,000 until after he would have traveled to Angola.
Nas is still locked into a legal battle with concert promoter Patrick Allocco over the missed 2011 show that landed the promoter and his son in an Angolan prison. Allocco is seeking $10 million but the two parties have not been able thus far to even have a conference call with judge, as per hearing requirements. According to Allocco’s New York-based attorney, Bill Meeker, he and Nas’ lawyer, Jonathan Davis, missed an initial conference back on April 2, but both parties asked for an adjournment, which was granted. Neither attorney has been able to agree upon a new date for the required call. Meeker claims that Davis is seeking to have the judge dismiss Allocco’s lawsuit.
The legendary Roots crew has had precious few hip hop beefs, but during a recent appearance on The Combat Jack Show, frontman Black Thought revealed that he had a brief falling out with rapper Nas. Thought says that the Queensbridge rhymer dissed his crew during an interview. “In some interview he made a comment about how wack it was for us to do the movie Bamboozled with Spike Lee and ‘How you gonna call yourself The Roots and Black Thought or something and you’re portraying a group called The Alabama Porch Monkeys in Spike Lee’s movie with the ball and chain and all,’” said Black Thought. “Nas was spazzing out on a lot of people during that point in time because he was losing his mom. He had actual beef during that time and this was just a comment he made about The Roots.”
“I hadn’t really interacted with him at all up until that point. And then there was a show one night with Talib Kweli and I think he invited Nas, and he invited me. And we were all there in the building together. I had a chance to meet Nas and he explained to me that it wasn’t coming from a personal place and he basically apologized,” Black Thought explained. “He told me he was going through it. He lost his mom. I totally relate to that, I lost my mom when I was 17. She’s a murder victim. Both my parents are murder victims, got killed in Philly.”
As her fans across the world await the first single off her upcoming album,Mariah Carey continues to work on the project, and she was back in the studio with Jermaine Dupri and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Two of Mimi’s most frequent collaborators, and two that many expect nothing but greatest from when they get in the lab. Jermaine first shared the image with the simple tagline “A real R&B moment.” Only time will tell when she will be ready to release the first single from her album, as she continues her time as a judge on the new season of ‘American Idol.’ But, these three together could be a serious problem, and it sounds like R&B was the focus…
DJ Kay Slay opens up about his relationship with Nas, what led to their fall out, and why he was disgusted by Nas’ reconciliation with Jay-Z after their monumental beef. Kay Slay also explains why he told Papoose not to sign with Jay-Z early on in his career.