Irv Gotti Speaks On The Lack of Hip-Hop at Def Jam and that the last REAL President at Def Jam was Jay-Z.
Irv Gotti Speaks On The Lack of Hip-Hop at Def Jam and that the last REAL President at Def Jam was Jay-Z.
A lawsuit against Chrisette Michele and her label Def Jam is moving forward, after rejecting Def Jam’s request to dismiss the suit.
Production company Four Kings Production Inc. is suing the songstress for $20 million, claiming the singer engaged in unlawful activity to try to get out of her contract with the entity.
The company’s CEO Douglas “Biggs” Elison is filing the charges against Chrisette Michele, Island Def Jam, A&T Shalik Berry and the singer’s parents Lynette and Lemuel Payne.
It seems Chrisette initiated the suit herself in 2007 when she filed a lawsuit against Four Kings Productions, claiming Biggs was embezzling money from the singer’s Def Jam contract and harassed her.
Despite Michele dropping the suit, Biggs is now stating that his credibility was tainted and he suffered damages when the news went public.
“As soon as the artist’s mother saw that Chrisette was receiving money, all a direct result of the efforts of the production company under its contracts with the artist, Lynette Payne quit her job as a teacher and, in willful disregard of the artist’s contractual obligations to Four Kings, usurped management functions regarding her daughter’s newly found success, in an effort to keep the money in the family,” Ellison stated in the lawsuit.
Her publicist Rochelle Brown thinks otherwise, sharing that the ordeal was sparked from a romantic mis-hap.
“This is just a case of the jilted lover and gold digging manager getting caught,” Brown told Allhiphop in a 2008 interview. “The Payne’s and Mr. Berry did not unlawfully try to get Chrisette out of her contract with Four Kings. Mr. Ellison’s devious plot to exploit and rip Chrisette off began to be revealed.”
In a recent interview with XXL, Redman explained why Def Jam are not the leaders they use to be:
“Well [now], Def Jam are not leaders. They’re not leaders plain and simple, because it’s changed. They’re not leaders like they used to be. In the ’90’s they were leaders. They were the label that you considered the mechanics of hip-hop; they’re under the car. They were the ones under the car getting greasy, getting dirty, fixing that muffler that drags when everybody loved that sh*t and was following it.
Now they’re playing the follower. They’re followers, they’re not building artists no more like they should. And that’s just the game. It’s not they fault. We got into the Internet world and sh*t is moving fast and came so fast and came so quick that labels couldn’t exist, but still they got the money and they’re a company. They’re supposed to adjust. I think they need to get that going. Being a label, being on top.
The rapper also said artists’ self-promotion has hurt record labels like Def Jam.
“Yeah they have to play catch up,” Red added. “They have to catch up now. The way the labels were ran back then in the ’90’s. We had tapes and even from studio equipment a lot of people weren’t prepared for that, like getting rid of their 24 track reel tapes. So yes, it came up quick on a lot of labels with this viral [thing] and [now] you’re able to do songs in the comforts of your own home.
They shutting studios down, you can get known through Facebook or whatever. You don’t have to wait for a label to put you out now, so yes I think the labels are shut down a little bit and sizing down a lot.”
Do you agree with Redman?
What the hell? I thought Shyne got like $5 mill to sign? Can’t be true if he is trying to get off? Looks like Nas done started something. Peep this:
“I’m definitely trying to get with Cash Money but the Def Jam thing is a question mark right now,” Shyne told SOHH. “I’ve been fixing to get up out of there for a while now because [Island Def Jam CEO] L.A. Reid don’t care about hip-hop. The people up there, they don’t know what they’re doing. When you don’t have a strong leader, where you gonna go? … They don’t care about hip-hop music. You give them a hip-hop record with an R&B singer, you “might” have a chance. They don’t care. You got The Roots, Ghostface, Nas, probably the best hip-hop roster you could imagine and they do nothing. L.A. Reid doesn’t want nothing to do with rappers — it’s nothing personal, I don’t have nothing personal with dude but he makes it known he doesn’t care about hip-hop. So I’m really interested in seeing who’s gonna replace him. Because I know he’s been replaced — so I wanna find out who’s gonna take his spot before I decide what I’m gonna do with Def Jam…The music that we make is responsible for pop, R&B, everything that’s jumping right now…
“They gotta care about [what we’ve done] the way Jimmy Iovine cares about that, the way Lyor Cohen cares about that,” Shyne added. “I’m definitely not gonna scrap everything I recorded. I put in so much, I’ve come so far. From the first record I did when I got out to the new records I’ve done while going to all these different countries, I ain’t scrapping nothing. I paid for that. I’m not signed to Def Jam anyway, I just need to find another distributor. I might just have Cash Money do everything. Who knows? That’s the beauty about being in the business for yourself. You can decide where you want to go and what you want to do.”
Def Jam artist Nas has had some delays concerning his long awaited Lost Tapes 2 album, and it looks like he wants to know why.
An email reportedly from the Queens bridge emcee has leaked online with some choice words for Def Jam execs regarding the stalled release of his highly anticipated album.
In the email, Nas states that although beefing with your label is “so 15 years ago”, that he refuses to be treated like a “slave.”
“With all do respect to you all,” Nas wrote. “Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.”
In addition to reintroducing himself, Nas also let the higher ups know exactly how he felt about his label and the problems that artist face, along with acknowledging the power of his fan base.
“The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious…The executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST.
Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty f**ked up situation, I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man.”
Check below to read the letter in its entirety:
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SH*T OUT!
Peace to all,
With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.
I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations.
You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty f**ked up situation.
This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a f**k about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.
Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing.
Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog sh*t on a MAGICAL moment.
You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullsh*t $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have sh*t coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!
The internet is buzzing today with rumors that Def Jam Chairman, L.A. Reid has been fired.
Reid has been responsible for signing acts like Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pink and Outkast. However, profits in the recording industry have been slipping, and his signing of rapper Shyne, to a seven figure deal might have done him in.
There are various reports that The-Dream has been given his walking papers as well.
If the reports do to turn out to be true, look for Reid to bounce back in a major way with a deal somewhere else. His track record in the business for finding and nurturing talent has been superb.
As previously reported, news broke yesterday of his reported firing alongside Terius “The Dream” Nash.
The label has released a statement to XXL denying Reid’s firing saying,
“[The rumors] are completely untrue and without merit.”
No word on the status of The Dream.
Last night, Fabolous had his performance at Boston’s annual Jam’N 94.5 Monster Jam concert unexpectedly shut-down early which prompted the New York rapper to inform the public via Twitter.
Showing it was the event organizers, not himself, who stopped his set, Fab posted numerous comments from his Twitter followers about the incident.
“RT @jennjenn320: @myfabolouslife #shouldbillegal for fab to get cut short!!!we want fab!,” he wrote Monday night. “RT @Tatianaxcutie: @myfabolouslife we want fab, we want fab, we want fab, we want fab!!! You did your thing please come back to Boston RT @RICHYUNGSTAR: They just turned @myfabolouslife mic off while havin the best performance, for the night, and put Pitbull on stage, wow RT @keegee1230: @myfabolouslife: I left the buildin since they want 2 cut ur set…what afterparty are u headed 2!!! RT @MissDeno: @myfabolouslife wouldnt be sittin at MonsterJam if it wasnt for FABOLOUS!! u made the show, we love you!! RT @MiszBeautyMark: I’m so mad they cuz @myfabolouslife off staqe when he was about 2 do throw it n the baq remix 😦 I love you fab (Fabolous’ Twitter)
Keri Hilson, who was also in attendance, confirmed Fab’s set ending prematurely.
“They just had to cut Fab’s set short cuz the overall show is running over…,” Hilson wrote last night. “They’re booing & screaming “WE WANT FAB!!” Boston is crazzzy!!” (Keri Hilson’s Twitter)