Nas Blasts Def Jam
Nas is known for his blunt social commentary on wax. He's now taking the same approach in his dealings with Def Jam Records. In an email addressed to Def Jam execs, Nas describes the label as "rap label that doesn't understand rap." He goes on to lament Def Jam's reluctance to release his previously announce Lost Tapes 2. The email leaked online and you can read it in its entirety below.
Warning: NSFW language ahead.
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 f*cked 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 &$#%#&@! 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!
Is it me or did Def Jam start to die after Def Jam Vendetta 2 came out?
Yeah they been on some BS since then. They don't market their artists enough anymore, and they got away from putting out real HIP-HOP albums. I guess they see the wack dudes making dance records and hitting it big and think that's the trend, so they want their artists to sound the same way. 2 perfect examples are Jeezy & Luda...they're sound has changed so much in their last album or 2 and its causing peopple to say "the artist fell off" when I think they're being held back from doing what they do.
Shoutout to Nas for exposing them on this, it's getting ridiculous...f*** labels trying to put out what they want, they didn't make the artist, the artist made them.
Hate em or Love em that Label has long been dying. Nobody understands what Jay did for that label but since he's left what have they done?
When Jay was the president not only did he sign Nas but had 2 of his album released in 2 years. And Jay gave Nas a pretty big budget, a large enough budget to do what he wanted for the albums.
Now look, Young Jeezy's Thug Motivation 102 should of been out.
We all need to revolt against the industry they are ruining the careers of our favorite artists and music is not fun anymore. Whenever I hear an artists is making a record and they describe the recording process as a business I wanna throw up.
Look at Atlantic and how they won't release Lupe Fiasco's Lazors album which is done and apparently epic from rumors around the mill.
And Universal and Chamillionaire has been long feuding stemming from their selections of the singles off Ultimate Victory, to his latest album Venom being put back on the shelf because they told Cham he gotta cut his tracklisting to 9 songs.
Def Jams Roster looks horrible these days. In the 90's they were the label to be with but now.....I mean they re-signed TLC??? They have a few big names but most of this list could be cut
- Big Boi
- Big K.R.I.T.
- Big Sean (GOOD/Def Jam)
- Blood Raw (Blood Raw/Corporate Thugz/Def Jam)
- Boo (1 Life 1 Love/Corporate Thugz/Def Jam)
- Brolic D (DTP/Def Jam)
- B.X.C. (DTP/Def Jam)
- Chrisette Michele (Def Soul/Def Jam)
- Curren$y (BluRoc/DD172/Def Jam)
- Coogi K
- Dabo (Japan)
- DJ Clue (Desert Storm/Def Jam)
- Electrik Red (Radio Killa/Def Jam)
- Fabolous (Desert Storm/Def Jam)
- Fast Life Yungstaz
- FDM (Compound/Def Jam)
- Ghostface Killah (Starks Enterprises/Def Jam)
- The Isley Brothers (Def Soul/Def Jam)
- Jadyn Maria (Compound/Def Jam)
- Jennifer Lopez
- Juelz Santana (Skull Gang/Def Jam)
- Justin Bieber
- Kanye West (GOOD/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
- Karina Pasian
- Lady Sovereign (Def Jam/Casual records)
- Lil Fate (DTP/Def Jam)
- Lil Scrappy (DTP/G'$ Up/Def Jam)
- Lil Ru (Presidential/Def Jam)
- Lisa Tucker (Compound/Def Jam)
- LL Cool J
- Loren Allred (Compound/Def Jam)
- Ludacris (DTP/Def Jam)
- Method Man
- Nas (The Jones Experience/Def Jam)
- Natasha (2010-present)
- N-Dubz (2010-present)
- Ne-Yo (Compound/Def Jam)
- Nitro Microphone Underground (Japan)
- Patti LaBelle
- Pittsburgh Slim
- Playaz Circle (DTP/Def Jam)
- The Roots
- Redman (Gilla House/Def Squad/Def Jam)
- Rihanna (Def Jam)
- Rick Ross (Maybach/Def Jam)
- Ron Isley (Def Soul/Def Jam)
- Rudy Currence (DTP/Def Jam)
- Sterling Simms (One/Larsiny Family/Def Jam)
- Shareefa (DTP/Def Jam)
- Shyne (Gangland/Def Jam)
- Slick Pulla (Corporate Thugz/Def Jam)
- Small World (DTP/Def Jam)
- Taz (Def Jam UK)
- The-Dream (Radio Killa/Def Jam)
- TK N CA$H (DTP/Def Jam)
- Triple C's (Maybach/Def Jam)
- TLC (2010-present)
- Untitled (DTP/Def Jam)
- USDA (Corporate Thugz/Def Jam)
- Willy Northpole (DTP/Def Jam)
- Young Jeezy (Corporate Thugz/Def Jam)
The Legendary Roots Crew!!!
When is Juelz gonna finally release another major album, I love that guy.