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.”
Former Atlantic Records hip-hop star T.I. isn’t trying to hear any conversation about signing with any new label if they aren’t talking the right amount of money. During a recent radio interview, Tip made it plain that he knows his worth and only wants to discuss signing with a label that understands how many ways he generates revenue.
“I am currently a free agent. Everything’s coming out my pockets. Y’all do me all the favors you want to,” he told 94.3. “There’s nothing wrong with a helping hand. [laughs] You know what the problem is, nobody wants to pay fair market value. I done went into all the distribution houses, the Sony‘s, the Universal‘s and the Warner’s of the world and it’s across the board. The consensus is pretty much unanimous, they want to be in business, they just don’t want to pay to be in business. And so I’ma tell you like this — you might be able to catch you knows who’s out of you knows where but you ain’t gonna be able to get no ‘King’ on your roster, man or anything less than eight-figures. I’m just gonna tell everybody, let that be a message to you. I can nickel and dime myself to where I’m going.”
“You got the recording industry, publishing, you got touring, you got merch, you got film, you got television, you got fashion, you know what I’m saying?” he continued. “Technology. That’s eight areas of business, right now currently, that I’m generating streams of revenue from. If you feel like you want to participate in all eight of those things, it’s going to cost you about 50, 60 million [dollars]. But if you only want one or two of those things, then come to the table with 12 or 15 [million dollars], we can talk about that too.”
Scarface voiced his anger towards the current state of hip hop in an interview with HardKnockTV. The Southern rap pioneer explained why he feels White music executives have tainted the genre. “I feel like we losing it,” Face said in the clip. “I feel like the people that are in control of what Hip Hop does is so f**king White and so f**king Jewish and so they don’t give a f**k about what the culture and the craft really is about.”
“Let me say this sh*t right because I want this to be as offensive as I can f**kin’ make it for these old-ass punks that’s running these record labels that’s in the powerful positions to dictate what the Black community hears and listens to. I f**king hate that sh*t. That sh*t pisses me off,” he added. “There’s no f**king way that you can tell me that it’s not a conspiracy against the Blacks in Hip Hop. You put out f**king records that make us look stupid. You make us look dumb. You brainwash a generation of Hip Hoppers with this f**king crud and then when these other rappers come out, splitting it down the middle, these other rappers’ sh*t sound like ‘Wow!’ Y’all look great!’ ‘Y’all look stupid!’ … Then motherf**kers start going over here and pretty soon, Hip Hop is White now.”
Surprise, surprise; Cash Money Records is being sued. The record label is named in a $600,000 lawsuit over a Bow Wow song that illegally samples a song from 70′s group the Persuaders, allegedly.
The septuagenarian behind the lawsuit is Robert Poindexter from the 70s band The Persuaders. Poindexter claims Cash Money sampled his band’s song “Love Gonna Pack Up (and Walk Out)” and illegally lifted the tune in Bow Wow’s 2010 track “Still Ballin.” As for “Love Gonna Pack Up (and Walk Out)” — the song was recorded in 1972 and reached the top of the charts … and Poindexter says neither Cash Money nor Bow Wow ever obtained permission to sample it.
Reportedly Poindexter reached out to Bow Wow’s people first, only to be sent to Cash Money. However, Cash Money only referred him back to Bow Wow, so now he’s basically suing everybody. Poindexter has already sued Kanye West and 50 Cent for similar circumstances. That said, be weary if you’re a producer and trying to use a Persuaders sample. Also, pay up.
Young Jeezy is responding to allegations that he owes his former friend $5 million, by disputing the claim. Ellerbee Demetrius filed a lawsuit against Jeezy last year, claiming that he is owed back pay from a minimum of four of his albums. Demetrius (who also goes by “Kinky B”) asserts that he deserves pay for projects including 2006′s The Inspiration, and The Recession, released in 2008. Stating that he’s been friends with the Atlanta native since 1995, after meeting at boot camp. The duo started a two record companies together, dropped mixtapes, and worked to build Jeezy’s career. After signing to Def Jam, Demtetrius says that he was still involved in Jeezy’s recording process, executive producing the albums. Unfortunately for Demetrius, Jeezy says he’s lying. The 35-year-old filed legal documents denying that they founded any companies together, never entered into any business agreements with him, and therefore owes him nothing. Of course Jeezy isn’t the only person to be sued by a “former friend,” but time will tell what will happen here. The case is still pending.
Although DJ Khaled‘s sixth album, Kiss The Ring, hit stores last year, he’s already working on his seventh studio album called Suffering From Success. The We The Best Records CEO spoke with Karen Civil and revealed that the new album will solidify him as a winner. “What separates [Suffering From Success from previous albums] is that I made it to my seventh album,” he said. “After Kiss the Ring, I’m a winner. So I’ma continue winning, but when I was coming up, I didn’t know that when you win, you gotta deal with a lot of this unnecessary bullshit a lot. So my album sound is going to… You’re going to hear different types of anthems: the suffering side, and the success side.” While Vado has spoken a lot about signing to Khaled’s We The Best record label, the mogul doesn’t confirm or deny that he has signed the Harlem rapper. “Definitely shout out Vado and definitely shout out Harlem. First of all, I love New York. It’s second home. I represent the music of Hip Hop, period,” he said. “I’ma be real with you. Right now, I’m bigging up Vado right now. I never said. You sayin’, I ain’t never said. But, expect a big announcement and something real exciting.” Check out the full interview below.
Gunplay has apparently been doing a lot of learning as of late. The Maybach Music Group emcee, who was released from house arrest recently, spoke about new perspective in an interview with XXL. ”The industry is so made-up and smoke-and-mirrors,” explained the Def Jam rapper when asked about lessons learned from being signed to a major label. “You just have to be yourself and let them know that you’re not perfect. Because a lot of people aren’t perfect; nobody’s perfect.” ”Niggas fart and shit. [Laughs] I’m that voice–that’s me right there,” he added. “I’ll let the perfect people do what they do. They’re good at it. They’re good at being perfect, they’re good at having their life look spotless to the media. I don’t have that luxury or luck.” Gunplay also discussed advice from his boss, Rick Ross, regarding his house arrest. “‘Man fuck all these n*ggas, man. Fuck ‘em. Get your shit, man. Fuck everybody. Don’t love none of these niggas–do you with a cold heart.’ That was his advice.”