In a recent interview with XXL, Redman explained why Def Jam are not the leaders they use to be:
“Well [now], Def Jam are not leaders. They’re not leaders plain and simple, because it’s changed. They’re not leaders like they used to be. In the ’90′s they were leaders. They were the label that you considered the mechanics of hip-hop; they’re under the car. They were the ones under the car getting greasy, getting dirty, fixing that muffler that drags when everybody loved that sh*t and was following it.
Now they’re playing the follower. They’re followers, they’re not building artists no more like they should. And that’s just the game. It’s not they fault. We got into the Internet world and sh*t is moving fast and came so fast and came so quick that labels couldn’t exist, but still they got the money and they’re a company. They’re supposed to adjust. I think they need to get that going. Being a label, being on top.
The rapper also said artists’ self-promotion has hurt record labels like Def Jam.
“Yeah they have to play catch up,” Red added. “They have to catch up now. The way the labels were ran back then in the ’90′s. We had tapes and even from studio equipment a lot of people weren’t prepared for that, like getting rid of their 24 track reel tapes. So yes, it came up quick on a lot of labels with this viral [thing] and [now] you’re able to do songs in the comforts of your own home.
They shutting studios down, you can get known through Facebook or whatever. You don’t have to wait for a label to put you out now, so yes I think the labels are shut down a little bit and sizing down a lot.”
Do you agree with Redman?
Ashanti flew out to Hawaii last week, to relax on a beach with her fam, and enjoy the sunshine. Oh, and to show off her banging bikini body…
Since her split with Nelly, Ashanti has been on her grind from TV production to music, and is said to be planning on releasing her 5th album independently later this year, as a result of her departure from Universal Motown in 2009.
More pics of ‘Shanti in Hawaii…
The chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission has ordered Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take immediate out-of-competition urine tests, even as the sides bicker heatedly over a drug-testing policy that threatens to scrap their scheduled March 13 mega-fight in Las Vegas.
Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Pat Lundvall ordered Executive Director Keith Kizer to point Mayweather and Pacquiao to accredited drug-testing labs in the United States and Philippines, respectively, for tests that must be completed by Wednesday, Kizer told The Times.
The tests will be paid for by Nevada and are consistent with World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, Kizer said.
“It’s a start,” Kizer said. “Whether it’s the end, I don’t know.”
Kizer was referring to the ongoing argument that the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps are engaged in over how to conduct drug tests. Pacquiao’s camp wants to submit two blood tests, one in January, another 30 days before the fight, and another after the bout. Mayweather’s camp, after consulting with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency about its protocol, argues that the fighters should be subjected to possible random blood testing until the first bell.
On Tuesday, Mayweather’s camp issued a prepared statement saying they’ve already made major concessions on deal points, including the weight limit and gloves, and were hopeful Pacquiao would agree “that many different substances and procedures can only be detected by blood testing.” Team Mayweather contends that Pacquiao had blood drawn just 14 days before his May fight against Ricky Hatton.
Mayweather’s statement also noted Pacquiao won’t agree to mediation on the subject by someone as respected as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.):
“Team Mayweather … is still open to the earlier discussions of having both parties work out a mutually agreeable understanding of the testing, which would be conducted by a mutually-agreed-upon agency.”
“… As Floyd has already stated, he does not have a problem with the random procedure and will be under the same requirements as Pacquiao. It is simply hard for him to understand why there is reluctance on Pacquiao’s part to agree to do the same.”
Foxy Brown recently resurfaced, taking shots at longtime rival Lil’ Kim on the new track “Off the Muscle.”
On the song, which popped up on YouTube [listen below], Foxy Brown makes an obvious reference to Kim’s appearance on the ABC series Dancing with the Stars last May. She raps, “Catch me at Marcy at the mall/ But muthafuckas will never see me dancing with the stars/ Never, will I embarrass my borough/ I’m too thorough/ Dark skin bitches, we here now/ I swear now/ Ya’ll bitches wanna be me so bad/ Ya’ll studied my whole swag.”
Although Foxy Brown and Kim haven’t taken shots at each other in a while it seems the tiff might be fueled by the fact that both femcees have reported that they’re working on new albums for next year.