Your last two albums sold about a third of your previous three albums. What did you lose?
Nothing at all. Actually, you know what? I did lose something. Promotions. Thatís what I lost on the last album. I had people coming up to me after the album was out like, ďYo dog, when your new album coming out?Ē Everybody thought it was coming out at a different time or something.
How is Sony treating your project different than Def Jam would have?
Well, at least they care. Thatís enough for me. We see the same vision. I go to shows now, I see the street team all over the place. Def Jam just fell off, man. I was gonna go independent [after leaving Def Jam]. I was gonna go to Koch, but Sony, they hollered.
Youíve said in the past that you felt Def Jam was making business decisions based on their personal feelings. What did you mean by that?
Like, muthafuckas is emotional. They didnít like me. They couldnít control me, so they thought they would teach me a lesson.
So you donít think it had anything to do with the quality of your music?
Not at all.
A lot of people credit your early success for saving Def Jam in the late í90s. It must have hurt to see them brush you off, given your important role in their history.
Yeah, big time. I lost my love for it for a minute. The passion. I didnít want to do it no more because of that. It was just constant blows and then I was like, Man, fuck this shit.
Def Jam made your album one of Jay-Zís first projects after being appointed to President. Given that you guys have so much history together, did that make you upset?
I wasnít mad. He should have did his fuckiní job though. He actually did me really greasy, yo. [Jay] came down, listened to the album and was like, ďYo, this is hot, letís do it! Letís move on it right away!Ē Then as soon as he went back to New York, he went on vacation.
Did you feel like he was avoiding you?
I donít know what the fuck he was doing, but it was like [my album] wasnít that important. And then, Iím shooting the video for the single and he comes all the fuckiní way down to Miami and he doesnít even come to the shoot to say what up. I thought the nigga was supposed to be my man. We in the same city at the same time? Come on, say what up. What the fuck? He didnít want to see me. After those two moves I was like, Yo, this shit is not happening.
Since youíve left the label, have you had any contact with Jay?
No, I havenít talked to him at all. I donít want to talk to him. Ainít nothing to fuckiní talk about.
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