Video: Big Boi & L.A. Reid Interview w/ DJ Delz

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

They speak on reuniting together, Outkast’s come up, and more.

Previously: Big Boi Album Will Have Three Andre 3000 Collabos (Video)

Video: L.A. Reid Announces Shyne’s Def Jam Deal To Belize Press

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Here’s the video of yesterday’s news report.

The local press brought up the decline of gangster rap & the transition of 90s-era gangsta rappers to Hollywood, to which Antonio replied:

“Well, I think of him as an ar-tiste. An ar-tiste can move with their heart, and move with the times. If what you’re asking is if he’s moved on, or if he’s dated or not dated, the answer is that he’s always been a great ar-tiste. A lot of the great ar-tistes, at the time you’re talking about, were artists like Jay-Z, who are still on top today. Not much has changed to be completely honest. People who decided to do film or comedy with their careers, it’s because they had the range and talent to do it. It had nothing to do with gangster rap[‘s declining popularity.]”

Yeah, suure…

*dead* at how he repeatedly says “ar-tiste.”

Related: J. Lo rumored to be signing to Def Jam as well, the irony…

Yesterday: Hey L.A. Reid, the 80’s called…

Hey L.A. Reid, the 80’s called…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

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…and they want their blissfully oblivious executives back.

UPDATE: Here’s the video of L.A. talking to the local press in Belize.

News 7 out of Belize is reporting that LA Reid flew down there in a private jet to secure Mr. Barrow’s signature on his (allegedly) hefty new Def Jam contract. Not for nothing, but this is the type of excessive shit that has the music industry in the state it’s in now. Really? You couldn’t have just faxed the shit down there? After a quick perusal of  these two links , I’d (conservatively) estimate the cost of this little publicity stunt at somewhere around $25,000 and that’s not even including the flight back and incidentals. And let’s not even talk about the environmental impact.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that IDJ is gonna end up regretting this whole agreement. I don’t even think they’re gonna recoup the cost of this excursion, much less that ridiculous contract.  What year do they think it is? And what artist do they have Shyne confused with? Last time I checked, Godfather Buried Alive only went Gold and that was with a whole big attempted murder trial and conviction that involved Puff and Jennifer Lopez. I’d like to see how the marketing department plans on topping that in this day and age.

Hey look, I know this trip won’t bankrupt Def Jam, and I’m sure they have a budget for this type of fuckery (no doubt to be indirectly charged back to Shyne somehow), but it’s the principle of the thing. What kind of message does this send? If I’m a stockholder and I see this type of shit I have to wonder what these guys are doing with my money.

My guestimate of the first week #s for Shyne’s comeback album:  30K.