Last week, Roc Nation signee DJ Mustard spoke about the first time he had a phone conversation with his new boss Jay Z. Accord to the mega producer, Hova emailed and called him, after which Mustard, picking up the phone, didn't believe it was Jay and hung up immediately. That got us at XXL wracking our brains for other times when rappers have been hung up on, and there have been plenty. Whether it was Amber Rose hanging up on Kanye West after the pair first met or 50 Cent calling Def Jam to prank Shyne, here are nine moments when rappers were publicly hung up on.
50 Cent Pranks ShyneAfter being released from prison following an eight-plus year bid, Shyne was on a Def Jam press run taking calls from journalists when 50 Cent, ever the prankster, called in to shake things up a bit. After getting through, Fif—in character as a journalist named "Sean"—asked what Shyne's problem with 50 Cent was. Def Jam hung up, then hung up again when Fif called back, only to get through on the third try and unleash a tirade aimed at the former Bad Boy rapper.
Andre Harrell Hangs Up On Heavy DIt was at the sad occasion of Heavy D's funeral that former Uptown Records chief Andre Harrell shared the story of the first time he spoke to Heavy while Harrell was working at RUSH Management. “He called me, I answered,” Harrell said of Heav, who would eventually become the first rapper signed to Uptown. “He asked to speak to Russell Simmons, I said he wasn’t there. I said, ‘I’m Andre Harrell.’ He said, ‘Can I talk to you?’ I said, ‘No,’ and hung up.” Heavy never gave up, calling Harrell every few days until the two eventually met in person, and Harrell launched Uptown with D as his marquee artist.
A Rabbi Hangs Up On Ice Cube On CNNAs he was gearing up to release his second solo album, Death Certificate, Ice Cube was catching a lot of heat for the allegedly anti-Semitic lyrics on "No Vaseline," a diss track aimed at N.W.A and their Jewish manager Jerry Heller. In order to defend himself and his lyrics, Cube went on a long press run, during which he wound up on a live phone call on CNN with a Rabbi from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Twenty years after the album's release, he recounted the incident to XXL.
"I was on a call on CNN, my voice and the Rabbi from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, he was on," Cube remembered. "They were asking us these questions. For one thing, I was like, 'Let me ask this guy here. Are you condoning what Jerry Heller did to me? Are you saying it’s cool that old Jewish managers should fucking steal and get their young black artists to sign bad paperwork and do bad deals?' That muthafucka hung up.The mediator that was on CNN was like, 'Hello. Hello? Okay, I guess that ends the interview.' From there, nothing else was ever said about it. All this turmoil one day and then it was like somebody turned off a switch."