Jae Millz
Down in New York City

jae-millz-1.jpgWhen Jae Millz scored a hit with 2003′s “Rude Boy Get Up (No, No, No),” he thought he was well on his way to a promising career. The song, which sampled Dawn Penn’s reggae classic, “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No),” was getting spins on New York City radio and was receiving some video play on MTV. Millz’ album, Back To The Future, was supposed to be released as a joint venture with Wanna Blow (also home to Mysonne) and Warner Bros. Records in 2004. The two sides, however, never saw eye to eye and Millz decided to leave for Universal Records. For the next two years, the Harlem native prepped for the release of Back To The Future, dropping singles such as “Streetz Melting,” with Swizz Beatz, “Bring It Back,” with Jadakiss and “My Swag,” which was produced by Scott Storch. But Universal never granted Jae a video for any of the songs. It has been four years since “Rude Boy Get Up (No, No, No)” and Millz still hasn’t released an album and places the blame solely on Universal Records and it’s employees. Frustrated with his situation, Wanna Blow Records and Millz fought for their release in December of 2006. Now a free agent, Millz claims he’s on the cusp of signing a major deal that will give him the freedom to finally drop his album. The self-proclaimed “Statue” [of New York] discusses his label drama and his new deal in the works with XXLMag.com

What you been up to?
Just finishing some projects. I’m not on Universal anymore, so I’m a free agent. There’s about to be a big move made, but I don’t want to put it out there just yet. We also just finished shooting a documentary about me called Politics As Usual. I got a bunch of people on there — T.I., Young Dro, Jim Jones, Kay Slay, DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, Maino, Red Café, Stack Bundles. I’m talking about the struggle and grind I went through. It’s answering everybody’s questions.

So you signed a new deal already?
Nah, I ain’t sign nothing yet, but it’s in the works. I have something up my sleeve. And if y’all think I’m just bullshitting, then you’ll see when it happens. Its gonna be a big situation.

How does your new material compare to your old songs?
My song making ability [has improved]. As you get older, you get better with time. But with me, I’m more comfortable now in my ability put songs together and bring my personality out. That’s not to say I don’t like my earlier music or I wasn’t in a zone, but all of the [old] records I put out were radio records. The record I did with Swizz [Beatz], “Streetz Melting,” was a big record. The song I did with Cool & Dre, “I Like That/Stop,” was a hot, summertime record. “My Swag” [produced by Scott Storch] might have been a radio record, but it was about being fly. “Bring It Back,” with me and Jadakiss, or the remix with Lil Wayne and Fabolous, was about being in the club. I move with the times. If you want to call me a battle rapper or a mixtape rapper, I don’t care. But I move with the times. I put out good records. I still got loyal fans and I never put out an album. People just want to hear me. They are gonna keep waiting for me to drop because they want to hear my story.

Do you think too much pressure is placed on bringing New York back?
Fuck all that bringing New York back. I’m done trying to bring New York back. Be fully muthafuckin’ clear, I’m representing New York to the death, but you can’t bring New York back until the niggas in New York want to come together. One person can’t do it. It’s gonna take hearing Jay-Z back on songs with The Lox. It’s gonna take 50 [Cent] and Nas making a song about Queens. That’s what it’s gonna take. I can’t do it. What the fuck can I do — a rapper who didn’t put out an album? This shit is 10 times bigger than me. Like, Maino can’t do it. Papoose can’t do it. Remy, Juelz or Tru Life can’t do it. We can’t bring New York back. Everybody knows this shit. Niggas know what it’s gonna take. So until then, I don’t wanna hear no more, bring New York back shit. That shit ain’t gonna happen until niggas want it to happen. Until then, put out hot records, get money and that’s it.

Did you think your album, Back To The Future, was coming out after “Rude Boy Get Up (No, No, No)” dropped?
It was supposed to. Just think about it, if I would have dropped my album when “No, No, No” came out, what do you think would have happened? Imagine if Interscope would have never dropped Rich Boy’s album when “Throw Some D’s” blew up. What if Lupe Fiasco just did a video for “Kick, Push,” but his album never came out? Imagine if Universal [Records] put out “Who?” as my first single, then “Streetz Melting” as my second single. Then I came with “Bring It Back” and “My Swag.” I had four or five crazy songs off my first album. I basically put half of my album out already. So now, I have to re-record. That was all a waste of time. I learned something from it, but I just wasted years of my career over there.

jae-millz-2.jpgWhat was the reason Universal gave you for not releasing your album?
I don’t know. Any questions that you have involving Jae Millz and why Back To The Future never came out, you have to ask Sylvia Rhone. [Laughs] I’m just being real. All you have to do is go to the Universal offices and ask Sylvia Rhone. Send her an email. Write her a letter. Do whatever, ‘cause she definitely has the answers. She’s the one who made the decisions about my project at the end of the day.

On your new song, “Respect You,” you talk about Sylvia Rhone [Executive VP of Universal Records] telling people you’re not a star.
Yeah, she didn’t think I was a star. So of course you’re not gonna invest money into someone. People are only going to put their time and money into what they think will make them money. So she didn’t put her time and energy into it. She didn’t feel anything good would come out of the situation, even though we got a record from Scott Storch on our own. Even though we got Fabolous, Lil Wayne and Jadakiss on our own. We got Slim Thug and T.I. on our own. We got a record for DJ Khaled on our own. We got all of this on our own, and we never did a record in the studio that they paid for. The final straw was when we didn’t get a video for “My Swag” or “Bring It Back.” It’s like, ‘Damn, are we still trying to prove ourselves to you?’ I thought I proved myself when you signed me? I can go prove myself somewhere else. I’m not gonna bad mouth or disrespect her, but I feel [she] stagnated my career. I’m not sitting around there, trying to prove myself to an old lady. And if I do have something to prove, you need to tell me and stop playing this little game like we about to pop off.

Are you afraid they might try to blackball you?
No! That’s going to happen regardless. Of course they are gonna do that. The whole game revolves around people blackballing people. But the minute I hear somebody tries to blackball [me] or throw some salt in the Kool Aid, then it’s definitely going to be a problem. Nobody wants to see me and my niggas eatin’, but I’m cool with it. You can’t stop and block shit forever. But let me tell you how its gonna go [from] now [on]. My next record is gonna be some simple shit. I’m telling y’all now. I’m about to go straight simple, ‘cause I don’t have to prove I’m nice. I don’t think people get wacker. I’m not gonna fall off. At any given time, I’ll go for a 100 bars. But I’m letting y’all know, my next record is gonna be some simple shit. Then everybody who doesn’t know about me is gonna be like, “Who is this nigga with this stupid record?” But it’s gonna pop, brainwash y’all and you’ll start to love it. So I expect Universal to blackball me. I really don’t give a fuck, though. [Laughs] Do what you wanna do. No matter what, people are still gonna be grease balls, so do what you wanna do. That ain’t gonna stop me from recording and getting my money. It’s really gonna be middle fingers to the sky once I finish this next situation. I’m comfortable because I know what’s about to happen. Nobody else really knows, but I do, so I can talk hella shit right now and feel confident.

  • lg1

    who cares about this cat

  • http://cameuprecords.com PoppaHot1

    1st BITCHES!!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=8605 lyricspure82

    im feeling whats hes saying about what its gonna take to bring the east back!

  • http://cameuprecords.com PoppaHot1

    I had 2 do that, that was my first 1st. But real talk Jae Millz is dope. It’s a muthafuckin’ shame they holding that boy up like that. Keep doing you though homie. They blackballed 50 and look what happened. Keep grindin’ fam. Yo’ music hot…

  • kieth

    HES NEVER GONNA DROP YOUR ALBUM BE FROZE FOOD IT JUST CHILL ON THE SHELF. THE NEW GENERATION CANT CARRY WHAT THE 90 GENERATION DID AND THAT MAKE CLASSICS ALBUM IM TIRED OF MIXTAPE BULLSHIT

  • THA PRINCE

    NO RAPPER OUTTA NY BESIDES A HAND FULL IN DA GAME CAN TOUCH MILLZ !! TRUST HE BEEN HAD HEAT ITS JUZT SAD WUT HE WENT THROUGH THESE LABLES DONT KNOW HOW TALENTED DUDE IS !!

  • http://xxlmag.com The Kid

    U Dat nigga fam You wanna my favorite rapper’s. yo shit dope espically dat im bout gettin money. thats all its bout. get dat bread nigga.

  • Complexx

    I HOPE MILLZ CAN FINALLY GET THAT PAPER, if he make some lil happy club song like mims, he a get radio spins regardless…better spit some of that simple southern shit

  • jessy

    finally a real talk conversation straight from the horses mouth fuck’em jae it is what it is and you are a diamond in the rough and you time to shine has been and is now….fuck that bitch make it happen daddy love jessy…

  • ando white nigga frum 20th

    trust me millz … i can digg it.. fuk universal…imma hit u up later ma nigga 1

  • Stax On Deck

    I hope everything gets better for Millz

  • Holla

    Millz is the truth. Hes better than 90% of the crap out now.

  • 1SHOT DEAL

    YOU KNOW WHATS FUNNY ABOUT YOU FUCK FACES …..
    AS SOON AS JAE MILLZ BLOW UP YOU CORNBALLZ ARE GONNA HATE HIM LIKE 50CENT…….BECAUSE WE AS A RACE ARE LIKE CRABS IN A BASKET……….
    SUCKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Lano

    I don’t like this dude he had that song demo shopper on a mixtape and I thought that’s such a spit in the face of all ya’ll tryna do it now he’s a demo shopper.Watch who you disrespect when you up because it’s along far way down (well for him not that far).Plus he sucks.

  • derfla the hus’la

    jae is aight he needs to get the street buzz up.

  • moneyoverhatas

    jae millz did have videos he had bring it back and my swag.

  • moneyoverhatas

    man yo single bet nit be no pop shit cuz im so tired of that

  • John Cochran

    I always felt his swag. He’s not the best lyrically, but as long as he keeps it east coast and doesn’t try to do no down south shit he’s good. He’s a prime example of an artist that should be indy. He got enough fans to eat on the east. He let these labels waste the best years of his career, we all know rappers are considered old at 24-25 now adays.

  • drewdagod

    1SHOT DEAL Says: wat he said is right yall root for the underdog wen they get on top yall hate faggat ass hatin niggas i fucked wit millz 4 a minute he nice but some labels is jus stupid. 50 cent went through some similar shit wit columbia and look what he is now I bet they wish they was suckin his dick now, and millz is right NY will come back when niggas want it to come back when niggas put aside they ego and collaborate like the south and the west do then NY will come back but not 1 individual rapper gonna do it not 50, jay,nas,fab,jada,fat joe,poose, none of them they gota come together and do dat shit, im out 1

  • cd

    fuck dat bring new york back. it’s just mainstream pop shit iz wut mothafucka and recod labels wanna hear. underground hip hop iz gonna make a come back, bt that i mean east coast, south, west

    Dat rude boy wuz hot but ain’t heard 2 much from jae millz

  • Waz good? Am good!

    Muth*F**kas luv 2 hate… Jae do yo thang boy boy.

  • lake

    mannn u kno what i fucks wit millz but hes gotta get somethin hoppin cuz he lost alot of buzz o and derfla, thanx for the head last night

  • Bierce

    Who cares about this cat? c’mon mane whoever u are u a clown

  • pito

    Harlem stand up!!!!!
    But now days when niggas say its about 2 be a big situation they usually end up on koch…… hope that’s not the case millz is fire

  • bk boy

    man i remember when murda mook merked this cat a few years back.

    but it aint right that the majors fucked him around, i remember no no no that was a banger.

    keep ya head up millz. and what the fuck is up with mysonne, he aint come out with anything in a minute.

  • Yukmouth

    Yo tru that, if no one in new york wanna come together then it aint gon happen

  • IllIllllIIIlllI

    This guy is wack… why is he the headline story?

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  • mr. fly as a pelican

    rude boy was jammin. labels are there to screw you, thats the business side of it baby.

  • moneyovahaters

    Why aint my comments posted?

  • that dude

    jae millz is a bum. sylvia rhone was right, ur not a star!.his time to shine was like 100 yrs ago. just give it up and get a regular 9-5

  • lake

    yoo fuck that dude

  • http://NONE KILLABLACK

    yo millz got to make hotter songs ,thats all, you cant blackball a hot song, if its hot its hot, you cant stop that, thats whats wrong with new york rapp, niggers cant make hot songs, but i cant. watch me, (myspace.com/blu-black)

  • CAMEO

    ..END UP ON KOCH…LOL!!! THATS FUNNY!

  • Ganja Misz3z

    whateva ma boi millz touch is gold fuck da haters cuz ma boi fina blow as soon as he get his shit right believe dart…stay on ya grind ma boi !

  • jay

    waz wrong with new york rap. its a lot of talk about bringing ny back, bring it back from where? music is music, I’m from uptown new orleans and I still listen to new york rap,

  • http://XXLMAG.com YounGutta aka Blaque Czar(LongLiveDaKing)Mw

    Cmon millz…I’ve heard a little to have yo back on dis one,so imma have to get at yo music sum more…..

  • Jason Keith

    I hate say this, matter fact I dont hate 2 say this but New York is not getting the rap game back for a while. It’s like millz said its no unity in NYC. yOU DUMB FUCKS FROM THE EAST COAST HAVE NOT FIGURED IT OUT YET. UNITY IS THE KEY IN THE REGIONS ORDER FOR THEM TO BLOW. After the south is done the west coast is getting it back. The east coast is not unified for one and two Mufuckas from New York are haters. Bottom Line.

  • http://www.yahoo.com STEEL CITY

    millz is that dude flat out deal or no deal

  • Cuban Link

    JAE MILLZ IS THE TRUTH, IM STILL GONNA BE WAITING ON BACK TO THA FUTURE!