I hope LL heard that one.
Shoutout to Sherry at Complex.
It looks like the new Complex is filled with some hot shit. In the new December/January issue of the mag, Nas had quite a bit to get off his chest. A lot of people don't know that before Nas' deal with Def Jam, he was offered a president's position at Atlantic... which would've given him a substantial amount of power over Jim Jones. And although Nas didn't take the position, he says:
"I'm still his boss [laughs]. I am above him. Who's not above Jim Jones? I don't know any of his records and I'm not even being funny. Like I know he's got a record called 'Ballin.' I hope it sells some records, but I swear to you I've never heard it.
Nas, on why he didn't take the position...
"Artists are fucking crazy and they'd want to blame me for shit. I can't deal with that right now."
Which leads right to Jay-Z being blamed for artists flopping at the label:
"The music should be enough, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. But people getting mad at Jay is corny. Especially someone like LL Cool J. He's too old of an O.G. to be mad at Jay. He's been at Def Jam since we were kids dreaming about being on Def Jam. We gotta get off this bullshit 'cause I never remember those artists talking about any white executives. That's some slavery shit. If my record comes out and goes wood, I can't blame Jay because it's my doing."
"If you look at these niggas that love hip-hop, they're broke or they're frustrated artists. I'm trying to learn from B.B. King. I'm going to be rapping when I'm 80."