Archive for October, 2010

Real Talk: Nas’ Email to the Def Jam executives

Last month (on his birthday to be exact) Nas announced that “Lost Tapes 2” will come out some time really soon. But now the people at LefsetzLetter got “hands” on an E-Mail from Nas writing to the Def Jam Executives. I don’t want to waste your time so here is the E-Mail

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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

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Harsh words from one of my favourite MC’s of all time. I wonder if the execs at Def Jam are pleased about this E-Mail. But you gotta admit that Nas has balls to speak up for himself and against another album he doesn’t want to do and feels uncomfortable with.

Keep Your Head up Nas! I feel you on that totally. You wanna give the Fans the music you want them to hear. I wish more artists would do that nowadays….

Crooked I – Paradise (Week 9) + Smu Mix (featuring Fat Joe,Bun B & Mickey Factz)

Week Number 9 and even the flu can’t stop him from rapping over other people’s Beats to kill’em.This Week Crooked decided to jump on Mickey Factz hard knocking joint called “Paradise” of his Better than You Mixtape.

Get Well Soon Crooked and keep killin them Beats!

Download: Crooked I – Paradise (Week 9)

Bonus: Mickey Factz featuring Fat Joe,Crooked I & Bun B – Paradise [Smu’s Real Hip Hop Mix]

Happy Birthday to my G ,TakeF_light COB,you already know what it is!

Shouts to the whole C.O.B. Camp as usual! What Up!

Throwback Joints: The LOX – Slow Down [Green Lantern Remix] (No DJ/No Rewinds)

Throwback Joint! This Track was originally recorded by The LOX (Sheek Louch,Styles P and Jadakiss) over Fat Joe’s “Ha ha (Slow Down)” Single as a promo Freestyle,the acapella was then handed to DJ Green Lantern (Salute!) for Jadakiss’ 3rd “The Champ is here” Installment.He mixed/blended it with Brand Nubian’s “Slow Down” Instrumental.A coincidence? Certainly not! The acapella works perfectly with the Beat. It had some rewinds and DJ drops but i removed them to make it a bit more listenable for y’all.

Download: The LOX – Slow Down [DJ Green Lantern RMX] (Blended with Brand Nubian’s Slow Down) [No DJ/No Rewinds]

Kanye West,Kid Cudi,John Legend,Pusha T,Lloyd Banks,Ryan Leslie – Christian Dior Denim Flow

The latest installment of G.O.O.D Friday and one of the 2 possible Tracks that Banks recorded with Kanye recently.

Kanye’s Verse doesn’t sound mastered properly but the rest kinda does. Oh well new Good Music,so no complaints right?

Download: Kanye West,Kid Cudi,Pusha T,Ryan Leslie,Lloyd Banks,John Legend – Christian Dior Denim Flow

Props to Kanyewest.com