Video: Big Sean Announcing Sophomore Album Title

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Big Sean broke a little bit of news last night for his fans in Montreal, revealing his second album on G.O.O.D/Def Jam would be called Hall of Fame – and is slated to drop in December.

Rick Ross ft. Wale & Drake – Diced Pineapples

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

A sanctioned leak from Rick Ross’ new album dropping next Tuesday.

Produced by Cardiak. Listen to another one, “911” after the jump.

Previously: Rick Ross ft. Andre 3000 – Sixteen

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Lil Reese ft. Chief Keef – Rap Shit (Prod. by Young Chop) [No DJ]

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Catchy little number from Lil Reese’ Don’t Like mixtape, without the DJ Drama and Don Cannon tags.

Download: Link

Produced by Young Chop. Props to FSD for liberating it.

Previously: Chief Keef: Eminem > Lil Wayne (Video)

Video: Sha Money XL Interview w/ Al Lindstrom Pts. 2-4

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

In part 2, Sha talks about the advantages of being a producer turned A&R. After the jump, he speaks on his vision for Big K.R.I.T.’s future and in the final part, they discuss his position at Def Jam and the importance of label’s earlier days to hip hop.

Props to Al Lindstrom.

Previously: Sha Money XL Interview w/ Al Lindstrom Pt. 1 (Video)

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Big Sean on Nas/Shyne’s feelings about Def Jam

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Big Sean appeared on Lip Service and was asked about what has been said about Def Jam and L.A. Reid in the last week or so:

Well, my experiences with L.A. Reid, I’ve had tons of meetings with him recently, and even in my meetings he said ‘Man I’m a guy that’s into hits man, pop,’ you know he says that. He’s straight up, I’m into hits I’m into that money. I’m into these fucking hit songs so no, I don’t think L.A. Reid understands hip-hop in the same way that Nas understands it or Shyne or whoever or Kanye. He understands that muthafuckin money, he understands what a hit is, so you gotta respect him on that. He’s responsible for a lot of big acts. But honestly Def Jam does make a lot of mistakes and I’m signed to Def Jam and I appreciate everything they’ve done for me. I’m happy to be on Def Jam.

Full audio below:

BIG-SEAN-DEF-JAM

Previously: Big Sean x Kanye x G.O.O.D. Music XXL Photoshoot (Video)

Ghostface Killah’s The Apollo Kids drops 12/14

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

One of the artists that Shyne mentioned in his rant earlier announced his released date today. Starks will be dropping his latest album The Apollo Kids on December 14th, and has just set out on a tour of the U.S. with label-mate Sheek Louch. Dates here.

Previously: Josh Xantus feat. Ghostface Killah – I Don’t Care

Shyne wants off of Def Jam

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

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In an interesting turn of events, Shyne is apparently trying to leave the label that he signed to only 8 months ago and is already considering going to Cash Money Records:

“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…”

This is starting to sound a lot like what Nas had to say last week.

He also told SOHH that he’s keeping all the music:

“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.”

Related: When Rappers Bump Heads With L.A. Reid [Complex]

Previously: Hey L.A. Reid, the 80′s called…

The reason why Lost Tapes 2 isn’t coming out

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The sequel to 2002’s Lost Tapes is ready to be released, and Def Jam is apparently willing to put it out, but they’re supposedly saying that it won’t count on his deal and that they won’t give him any money, although in the e-mail below addressed to Def Jam’s top execs from Nas, they seemed to have offered him $200k for it. They also allegedly still want all of the benefits that come from releasing a Nas album.

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SHIT 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 fucked 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 fuck 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 shit on a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $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 shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!

-N.Jones

via The Lefsetz Letter

I guess getting 100,000 of his fans to start a protest in front of the Def Jam offices is something he refuses to do, but letting an e-mail like this get out and brewing up an internet shitstorm is alright.

Either way, if Nas’ following is as strong as he says it is, and why wouldn’t it be, Def Jam’s reluctance to change his contract restrictions or pay him for unreleased songs shouldn’t be enough to stop him. Think about it, there should be other ways around this if they’re not counting it as a contractual obligation or trying to claim these songs that Nas might have recorded outside of his Def Jam days.

Then again, if there had been another way, we might not have even known about the issue.

Update: The letter has been confirmed by a legitimate source close to Nas. It’s true folks.

Video: Curren$y – Pilot Talk Trailer

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Spitta’s project gets a release date: July 13th. It’ll be out on DD172 via Def Jam. After the jump, there’s a clip to promote the iTunes release of the single “Roasted.”

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Damon Dash x Curren$y x Roc-A-Fella x Def Jam

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

So last week, when we posted the trailer to Curren$y’s new video, somebody over at Def Jam asked me to include a buy link for the single on iTunes. Although it was slightly more subtle than the defj.am link they had up on their site, I had to ask what was up. Apparently Dame/DD172 was trying to sign Curren$y to a P&D deal (pressing and distribution) with Def Jam through the Roc-A-Fella imprint… which belongs to Def Jam.

“The name is mine, I’ll take the blame for that”

“Def Jam or Universal bought the brand. I think the ‘beef’ [with us and Jay-Z] was that Jay made it clear he didn’t want me or Biggs to be a part of it. That’s really where it was at. Now that he doesn’t work for Def Jam anymore, he doesn’t have the right to use the name. So there’s no reason for us not to use it. It’s there, and it’s a brand that’s not being used. So I was like, ‘I’ll take it.’ It always meant something to me.”

via MTV.