Lost Ones

I touched on it briefly (no Boutros) in my first-ever dis record roundup, mainly the fact that I don’t particularly care for it as a song, but Jay-Z’s new “not a dis record” “Lost Ones” brings up enough interesting points that it merits an entry of its own.

Over the course of the song’s three verses, Jay-Z addresses three individuals from his past that he’s since lost – his former bidness partner Damon Dash, his former(?) girlfriend Beyonce, and his nephew who died in a car Jay bought him.

Verse 1: Jay-Z vs. Damon Dash

What did cause the fallout between Jay-Z and Damon Dash, anyway? We know about the time Jay-Z went out of town and Dame Dummy decided it would be a good idea to make Cam’ron vice president of the company, but there had to be more to it than that, right?

You don’t learn much about what went down between the two of them in “Lost Ones,” but you get the idea that it had more to do with money than anything else, which is sad. Basically, Jay-Z realized at some point that he could make that much more money if he didn’t have to split it in half with that ass-clown.

Maybe one of the TIs at Def Jam even put this idea in his ear.

Could Jay-Z have built the Roc-A-Fella empire by himself? It’s true that Damon Dash hasn’t done much of anything since Jay cut him off, but what has Jay himself done with Def Jam, really? The truth of the matter is that both of them are only shells of their former selves. At least Jay has the benefit of being able to rap.

Verse 2: Jay-Z vs. Beyonce

So Jay-Z and Beyonce are broken up, or is their relationship just on the rocks, so to speak? I think it’s common knowledge that Jay-Z has been having his way with Rihanna for some time now, and who can blame him. It’s a rich man’s MO to get a little bit on the side every now and again, right?

I know I’d hate to think that I made $300 million in the space of ten years just to have to wait until my girlfriend got off tour to get some action. I’d fucking cancel that tour if I had to, even if I was only worth one-tenth as much. After all, a man has his needs. And Destiny’s Child sucks anyway.

I suppose it’s a good thing she’s on a separate label.

Then of course there’s the matter of Jay getting up there in years. He’s mentioned time and time again in interviews that he’d like to have kids (not just abortions), but Beyonce can’t very well be someone’s mother if she’s off in Houston grinding against Sean Paul for money, now can she?

In fact, the guy’s closer in age to my parents than he is to myself and yet all my parents’ kids are grown and out of college. If he doesn’t have any kids before too long, people are going to start thinking he’s gay. (Speaking of which, would any of you broads reading this like to have Bol, Jr?)

Verse 3: Jay-Z vs. his dead nephew

I suppose having lots of nephews is like having your own kids (or a girlfriend, for that matter) in the sense that you can buy them shit to make them love you. But even that could backfire if the shit you bought them ended up killing them. Hence Jay’s devastation over his nephew’s tragic death in a car Jay bought him?

I know, that’s just wrong. But still.

  • Bobo D

    last

  • Bobo D

    1st

  • sojazzy

    u reli didnt even say anything in this post.. i think i figured all that out jus by listening t the fawkin song

  • haha

    why do u like writing shit like this?to get all the stans and haters going crazy ???

  • P

    I doubt The second verse is about Beyonce, jay has mentioned in recent interviews that they are still together, but yea he gettin kinda old to still be waiting to have kids he gone be 45 by the time he finally settles down and thats kinda old to just start having kids,

  • bol

    first

  • http://myspace.com/djlino DJ LINO

    UNO

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    whatever…

  • http://myspace.com/djlino DJ LINO

    ah fuck first… well anyways, on the song jay mentions that beyonce is 23, she’s 25 now, so it’s an old emotion. i heard this in an interview he did with power 106 in LA. also, it seemed like dame wasn’t keeping his shit together, and he was changed by the lifestyle, thus the split? i’d reference some lyrics but i dont have the song on me right now.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    There are no words to describe how fucked up that last bit was.

    I’m not a violent dude at all, but I almost look forward to the day some MC beats the living hell out of you so you become the same punchline you treat everything else as.

    I’d call you an asshole right here, but lord knows it wouldn’t do any good.

    Uno.

  • koofiesmacker

    Bol,
    I have to admit you definitely took time to write something worth reading and discussing, for that I commend you my nigga.
    I will give my opinion on only the 1st verse

    Listen Nigga, I will have to disagree with you, Jay has made more money & has done a lot more then Dame ever since the split. From Kanye’s Album, to computer gigs, to Def. Jam duties, to world tour/working on an Album. Plus he’s always in the news at least 5 times a week. Also Bol my man, How can you forget that Budweiser commercial. Now what has Dame done? Lol Ok Ultimate hustle,(..pause Reality TV is a signal that The Star is falling quick and needs a boots just ask Bobby & whitney, most recent flava flav), So what else did he do? Got some movie deal, .(.lol really that it) that was after he got Evicted from his apartment in the U.K, b/c he could have used the money to settle that shit, .and most recently jumped on the Jimmy Jones track, where he is clearly living in the past remind us what he use to drive 10 years ago.
    Now You tell me again that who needs who more at this point. The image I still have is Dame dancing his ass off in all them Jay-z videos & Shows.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Rey’s a bitch

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Dame ain’t do nothing, but the Roca-pads commercial.

  • SKRILLA

    damn dude, show a lil compassion

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Were Read 2 Def:

    You’re right. I forgot the coolest thing in the world to do is joke about the death of someone’s relative.

  • Fernando

    Bol

    You are one sad sack of shart. Not much to discuss about this post. One day, some rapper you insulted is going to whoop the sarcasm right out of that flabby cottage cheese filled greasy, pathetic excuse of a thing you call your body.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Bo(w)l shouldn’t diss dead people tho

  • Fernando

    Bol is lucky that he lives in a basement and doesnt have to interact with real people.

  • Fernando

    Bol is bout to come up missing. Talkin bad on Jay’s fam fam is a No No.

  • rip van winkle

    suck balls rey

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Rip Van Winkle:

    I’m sorry, there must be some mistake. I’m not Lil’ Wayne, or your father.

    Ouch, sorry about the “father” comment.. Odds are good the results aren’t back from the lab yet.

    Well, you get the gist.

  • LONZO

    That’s some fuked up shit Bol. I can’t wait till a real nigga catches u and lets u have it, u fat pig. U can’t hide behind a computer ur whole life.
    ONE.

  • SUPERMAN

    THIS POST IS AN ASSWIPE.

  • Young A. Simmons

    Bol c’mon son, this would be worthy of a mention on your own site but xxlmag.com? na…

    Dame Dash dispite being pretty ugly, untalented and not the smartest dude has amassed 200 mil, can’t knock the hustle..

    As for Beyonce, i honestly do not give a fuck bout that average lookin bible basher, better off with a dick in her mouth….

  • LONZO

    Lets change the topic cuz this post is too wack, even for Bol standards.
    Most lyrically challenged rappers….
    Chingy.
    Mike Jones.
    Nelly and whole st. Lunatics…….

  • Fernando

    Bol wanted to get his exciting weekend of Busch lite, Marlboros, & desperate strippers started early so he put very little thought or effort into todays blog. BAAAALLLLIIINNN

  • Meka Soul

    in a sick, twisted sense, bol does ahve a pint. i’d feel pretty shitty myself if something i got for another family member ended up ethering them.

  • nocal

    How dare you make fun of someone who died??

    By my logic, you should never make a joke about 9/11. That’s fucked.

    Or Vietnam.

    Or the Civil War.

    Or anyone really, because everyone knows someone who has died.

    Stop being such internet tough guys, you faggots.

  • Meka Soul

    *point.

    tebucky jones.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Weak post Bol.

    I don’t get offended when you insult dead people(or anything else for that matter). But you better be careful cause Bleek and Tru-Life aren’t on Roca-Fella for their mc skills.

  • NIGHTMARE

    koofiesmacker is a game dickrider, sonny cheeba is a mexican cunt, lonzo is a white hoe, rey is an ameteur journalist, no wait just an amateur, fernando is a dominican buttfucker, and if that dj not so incredible just happens to show up tell him he smells like rotten ass from an elephant.

    im your worst nightmare!

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Nightmare is just upset because he walked in to his mom’s bedroom and saw half his neighborhood running a train on her dry cunt.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Zo- Jim Jones, Crunchy Black

    Meka- I got that, but it was still fucked up.

    NoCal- Can’t tell if that’s sarcasm, ignorance, or both, so you keep on keepin’ on.

    E- lol.. Crazy ass puerto ricans an Marcy PJ weed carriers always come in handy.

    Nightmare- Who in the blue fuck are you, and why did you think anyone would be remotely interested in anything you might have to say?

    Armand “The Hammer” Gilliam

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Kenny Smith

  • LONZO

    Nightmare, if by white hoe u mean the bitch I fuck, ur right nigga….u must be Bols fuck buddy comin in to save the day.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol @ E

  • http://www.myspasce.com/16kingz thebestout!

    jay wrinkled ass aint’ leavin no goddamn beyonce 1) free ani’t fuckin wit’ dat nigga no more 2)rihanna got the clap from jeezy 3) ere time he see her in the shower…say it wit’ me folks…it’s da roc!!(no bleek and young chris wit’ a tied up lil’ neefy)lets’ be serious my internet brethren if jay leave beyonce that nigga gon’ have a mufuckin stroke! fuck around and really be fuckin’ up his words and shit like ” hey puurty lay~dee!.

    p.s. bol karma is bitch and she gon’ ass rape you wit’a flag pole one day (no bush !)

  • Ms. Ashlee

    Bol I’m glad you realize this shit is wrong. I’m usually with you on shit but this is really pushing it…

  • SUPERMAN

    MOST LYRICALLY CHALLENGED RAPPERS:

    MIKE JONES
    CHINGY
    ALI
    BIG GIPP
    PAUL WALL
    RICK ROSS
    K-FED

    RAPPERS WHO CANT WRITE HOOKS

    THE GAME

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Forgive the gimmick infringement…

    u a faggit ass nigga, nightmare

  • che

    how many bloody post are gonna have the titles as jay-z songs?? it’s not that clever after the 37th time.

  • LONZO

    Lyrically challenged List continued….
    D4L
    DFB
    Jibbs

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Lyrically Challenged: Bizarre, Silkk The Shockckkcker

    Any rapper that is still rhyming “diddy” with “city”, “party” with “bacardi”, and “girl” with “world.

    Rappers that can’t write hooks: Jadakiss

  • LONZO

    K-fed doesn’t count as a rapper…….

    I’m out this bitch,
    Free Shyne Mathafuckas.
    Ya niggas take it easy.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Lyrically challenged: C-Murder, Chingo Bling, Jim Jones

    Can’t Write Hooks: Chino Xl

  • che

    >I suppose having lots of nephews is like having your own kids (or a girlfriend, for that matter)

    WTF???

  • Meka Soul

    >It’s true that Damon Dash hasn’t done much of anything since Jay cut him off, but what has Jay himself done with Def Jam, really? The truth of the matter is that both of them are only shells of their former selves.>

    it’s funny that he mentioned that. ironically, jay-z once boasted how was “6 for 6″ while competition was “0 for everything.” he may have that mixed up.

    but in his defense, at least he’s not on koch.

    kenny “sky” walker, dee brown, ron artest [the rapper].

  • Young A. Simmons

    Bizarre lyrically challenged?

    “reading the holy Koran on the john”

    ^^^classic!

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    ron artest’s the rapper has an album in stores now

  • 110 street

    Work Harder BOL.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    >I’d fucking cancel that tour if I had to, even if I was only worth one-tenth as much.

    ^Funny shyt
    Decent post

  • NIGHTMARE

    rey you dont want it. everyone dont believe anything rey says i saw him signing a 2 year contract to make gay pornos. the first would be an adaptation of baby and weezy!

  • SUPERMAN

    RON ARTEST? ARE YOU SERIOUS? RON ARTEST OR K-FED? K-FED BECAUSE HE AT LEAST HAS A SUPER STAR BEHIND HIM. ALTHOUGH RON GOT THAT CRIMINAL CHARGE WITH THAT SHOW DOWN AGAINST THE PACERS YEARS AGO. POW! MAYBE THAT WILL BOOST HIS GANGSTA MANNERISMS. TRU WARIER MY ASS!

  • Mr.Me

    NIGHTMARE Says:

    November 3rd, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    ^^Good to see you stop usin caps lock Superman you chester cheeta girl ass nigga you.

    Bol stop postin about that old timer JayZ. Nobody cares about him or Puffy but your steady on their dillz. Not to mention word is Game took that senior rappers girlfriend.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Jay Williams

  • NIGHTMARE

    e aka the real shit and rey make gay pornos together. young a simmons is the director. they produced “chi chi wah wah” productions.

  • Mr. Nucca

    Killa Cam, Mike Jones & Chingy
    No hooks: Game
    *George Muresan*

  • Meka Soul

    i’d actually take a listen to ron artest’s shit. only cuz i’m a sadist like that.

    no “the l word.”

    scott pollard.

  • SUPERMAN

    MR. FUCK ME SHUT YOUR BITCH ASS UP. ITS CAPS LOCKS ALL DAY YOU FAGGOT! WHY YOU ALWAYS TRYNA SUCK MY DICK I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU KNOW ABOUT A BILLION TIMES. NOW HOWS IT GO? GGGG-UNOT OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT? BITCH GO SUCK YOUR DICK WITH NIGHTMARE.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Nightmare probably has a deformed face because his mother tried aborting him with a close hanger when she couldn’t determine which of the 7 jigs was the father.

  • Young A. Simmons

    nightmare stop pestering me I’m not your daddy, I know your real pops ain’t around no more but shit happens.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Bol, you have a the devils humor, he has a grasp on you and pulling you in day by day for it.

  • NIGHTMARE

    what was that e aka the dirty slut from michigan? you wanna bang your mommy with your hanger. youre such an ugly mexican burrito slut. young a simmons what type of name is that did your daddy give it to you? i wouldve smacked the shit out of him if i had a stupid name like that. but even worst is your face. goddamn you look like the santa claus 3 in theaters soon.

  • NIGHTMARE

    corrine whats up baby when you gonna give me more head you stink jamaican slut. oh god your tounge on my rectum was so good now if your fat mommy could only join i’d let young a simmons videotape because hes a professional gay director but then again he might get horny lookin at my ass so fuck him. but corrine when you least expect it ima jump in your shower and stick my dick in your mouth okay momma!

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Kareem Rush

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transient talking shit > Nightmare talking shit

    Bol should review Ron Artest’s album. That’d be pretty funny.

    Gary Grant

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    NIGHTMARE Says:

    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:26 pm
    on my rectum was so good
    ^^^^^
    That statement proves your a fag.

    Your upset because your a 30 year old who hasn’t gone through puberty. I bet your dad molested you as a kid. Why you always have other guys names on your mind queer.

  • NIGHTMARE

    what happened did i give you homos a nightmare?

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Jason Kapono

  • NIGHTMARE

    rey you still trying journalism you 500lb faggot? i think bol has that on lock we dont need your hoe ass in here.

    e aka the little girl from india you and rey should have a romantic dinner at the olive garden i hear that italian food can spring love. or just get you sprung trust me faggots love that place and since your a faggot you will too. bastard!

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    NIGHTMARE Says:

    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:34 pm
    what happened did i give you homos a nightmare?

    ^^^^
    Just like in the real world no one gives a fuck about you.

  • NIGHTMARE

    i have guys names on my mind then whois this?

    jay williams
    kareem rush
    jason kapono

    what are you and rey on a gay namedropping spree?

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    i hear that italian food can spring love.
    ^^^^^
    No one cares what you eat before you wack off.

    faggot

  • NIGHTMARE

    bitch slut you love to quote me. i think you have some sort of shizo problem going on you might wanna get your brain checked and rewired cuz thats lame. you stupid ass cupcake go ask your mom where she is. i’ll give you a hint…dont look under my bed. lmfao!

  • thoreauly77

    boring post bol. and throwing in the last paragraph in order to be “edgy” is pathetic. so, is nightmare djpbnj or what? he is a really awful shit-talker!

  • NIGHTMARE

    what hoe? stop wacking off to that little boy you like to watch on boy meets world cory is a grown ass man thank you slut. what you mean topanga is ugly. she got some nice dicksucking lips. what? you trying to compete with her? rey bend over and e aka the fruity tootie tramp say “aaahhh!”"

  • NIGHTMARE

    thoreauly77 how the hell do you pronounce that did your mommy give you that name too? where the hell are you people from? how the hell did the doctors not bitchslap your mommnies for these horrible names. thoreallybutter45 or whatever the hell your name is go play naked twister with e aka the dungswinger you faggots!

  • NIGHTMARE

    e aka the real noreiaga Says:

    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:39 pm
    so what if i like sucking dick are you gonna stop me?

    ^^^^
    hell no bitch i aint gonna stop you. do what the hell you want just keep your gay hands away from me.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Nightmare is a fag who is obsessed with people on this site

  • Bang

    rihanna must have a nice pussy. probably not fatter than ashanti’s but still

  • thoreauly77

    its a play on words for the author henry david thoreau and the word “thoroughly”, just to let you know as it seems you have an extremely large man-crush on just about everyone who posts here regularly. so now that you have this piece of information you can go write it over and over again on your pee-chee while youre dreaming of xxlmag.com in shop class.

    okay everyone, just ignore this ass-clown. he may very well be djpeanutbutterandjelly.

  • Prince Of The South

    That last comment was wrong, you didn’t have to say that. What did Jay do for the ROC who did he sign. I agree Dame Dash is a clown, but he did bring Kanye, when Jay slept on him. Bleek didn’t sell because Jay let him get lazy. Beans could have sold if Jay wasn’t worried about him outselling Bleek. Jay hustled Dame in the end, btu all those side deals clothing, vodka, shoes, and all that other stuff, Dame set it up. Out of everything the ROC sold, 80% was because of Jay.

  • Fernando

    Damn, apparently nightmare wants beef. Beef meaning Bols love muscle.

    Gary Trent.

    Lyrically challenged…I’d go with

    White Dawg
    Will Smith
    Skull Duggery (old no limit)

  • Fernando

    Nightmare wants to be a part of something really bad. As much as it hurts to say….

    Ncred > nightmare

  • Fernando

    lol @ Shaq’s verse in that new Kay Slay video.

    Michael Adams (Avg. Ppg in 1993 = 26.5)

  • Fernando

    I am now attempting to see how many entries I can do in a row

  • Fernando

    Fif…

  • Fernando

    six

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Nightmare I’m gonna let a hoe be a ho so keep putting dudes names in your mouth

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Damn I stopped someones entries streak again Sorry Fernando

  • Fernando

    seven

  • Fernando

    damn!

    Theres more men in Nightmares mouth than Bol’s moms arse

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    LOL @ Shaq’s verse

    In terms of athlete rappers he’s actually better than Ron Artest. He isn’t on Iverson’s level though

  • DOCTORS ADVOCATE NOV 14

    Dre Secretly Ghost Produces on Games Album

    ——————————————————————————–

    Dr. Dre Co-Produced 6 traccs on Doctors Advocate

    ——————————————————————————–

    Yes Dr. Dre co-produced six traccs off of Doctor’s Advocate, real heads that know Dre’s Production and who he works with can tell it’s Dre beats, i talk to my folks out in So-Cal and word is out that Dre-Co Produced 6 songs.

    1) At first Game put his name on the songs that was produced by Dre – but we all know that Game dont produce and if he does, no way he can copy Dre Songs, so then went it start leaking his name was taken off and Aftermath in-house producers and Producers who work with Dre and who’s working on Detox (Nottz is the Co-producer, that’s Dre) is on the album. So the Co-producers name is on the traccs instead of Produce by Dre & Co-produce (insert name)

    Tracc 1) Lookin at you – Produced by Urban Pope EP (Produced Dr. Dre, Co Produced by Game) ORIGNALLY LISTED AS THE GAME

    Tracc 2) Da **** – Produced by DJ Khalil “Aftermath in-house Producer” (Produced by Dr. Dre, Co-Produced by DJ Khalil) ORGINALLY LISTED AS THE GAME

    TRACC 7) To Much – Produced by Scott Stroch (Produced by Dr. Dre, Co Produced by Scott Storch) Originally listed THE GAME

    TRACC 10) One Night – *you know damn well that aint a Nottz production, even though he’s been working with Dre on Detox, that’s beat is striaght Dre, listen to the Drums and crisp clearness and vintage Dre Key boards* Produced by Nottz (Produced by Dre. Dre Co-Produced by Nottz) ORIGNALLY LISTED THE GAME

    TRACC 13) California Vacation – PRODUCED by JR Rotem (Produced by Dr.Dre Co-Produced JR Rotem (that’s Dre Syntheizers and Drums) ORIGNALLY LISTED THE GAME

    TRACC 14) BANG – PRODUCED by Jelly Roll (Produced by Jelly Roll, Co-produced by Dr. Dre) ORIGNALLY LISTED THE GAME.

    I listened to the tracks in questin over, and over, and Im hearing dre drums,and synths all over the place.. Dre has a unmistakeble sound you cant deny this…..

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Rappers that aren’t lyrical(but entertaining): NORE, Too Short, Cam’ron(sometimes)

  • frankwhite45

    The song is betta than people give it credit cuz he talkin bout real shit not just maybachs and shit

    myspace.com/ninohnewjack myspace.com/ninohnewjack

  • Fernando

    and the room goes silent…

  • Fernando

    I think NORE & Todd might be the only two.

  • BOL

    I’m sorry I dont know what I’m doing. Please like me, Please.

  • Fernando

    outro

  • REAL SPIT

    CRAWFORD WATCH UR FUCKIN MOUTH WHEN YOU TALIKIN BOUT DAME U BITCH, WHO THE FUCK R U TO TALK SHIT BOUT THIS NIGGA U PUSSY BITCH FAGET

  • nightmare

    you guys are right. I am looking for attention

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    I have been Listening to the Game album and its hard NO RRR

    Peter John Ramos
    Oscar Schmidt
    Pele
    Pibe Valderama
    Luc Robatialle
    OiL Can Boyd

  • Black London….

    Bol…………

    IM GOING OFF TOPIC, BACK TO THE POST ABOUT MAJOR LABELS:

    Major record labels – who needs ‘em?

    I DONT KNOW IF YOU’RE GONNA REPLY TO THIS OR EVEN BOTHER TO READ OR WRITE A 2ND PART TO YOUR POST….

    SO IM GONNA POST THIS IN THE OTHER BLOGGERS POSTS TO TRY AND GET THEIR POINT OF VEIW……
    __________________________

    NOW TO GO BACK TO YOUR POST:

    Major record labels – who needs ‘em?

    I KNOW THIS IS LATE BUT I JUST READ THIS ACTICLE OVER @ hitsdailydouble.com ABOUT HOW MAJOR LABELS “Are Radically Altering the Way” they Operate. (copy & paste)

    To cut the long story short… I think who ever disagreed with your oringinal post/cussed you out because of it NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND THIS ARTICLE.

    (the article will follow this post)

  • Black London….

    MAJORS SORTING OUT THE NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

    Revamped Guidelines Are Radically Altering the Way the Big Four Operate

    November 3, 2006

    Most major labels are presently deep into the process of planning their 2007 budgets and trying to figure out what aspects of the new business model will best enable them to be profitable in these challenging times. The current thinking involves several new guidelines that will take some getting used to for the staffs of the major labels, who in essence have to relearn their jobs. According to the execs we queried (each of whom asked to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons), these new realities include the following:

    Labels can no longer indiscriminately drill multiple oil wells in the hopes of hitting the occasional gusher:

    “In the good old days, we had the personnel and the deep pockets to simultaneously work any number of projects,” groused one veteran executive. “These days money’s tight and our staff is stretched so thin that it’s nearing the breaking point. So we have to be extremely judicious in terms of the projects we prioritize—and quite frankly, there are more and more records on our release schedule that don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, and everybody knows it but the act, and sometimes the management.”

    The majors must quickly cut bait on their stiffs:

    We’ve seen it a number of times since the start of the fourth quarter—new albums from acts with proven track records that fall well short of expectations. “The conventional wisdom used to be that a new release had six-to-eight weeks and/or two singles to prove itself,” a marketing chief confided. “But now it’s more like the movie business—if you don’t meet or exceed projections, it’s ‘See ya! Next.’”

    Regarding new acts, labels must let the market speak rather than attempting to dictate to it:

    “Let’s face it,” one label head acknowledged, “the majors can no longer afford to be in the business of developing a number of artists at one time by taking a high-profile marketing approach.” Stated another exec: “You can’t anoint artists from the top of the label, like in the old days. My former president used to say, ‘This record’s a smash,’ and we’d drop everything, including a couple of million bucks, before we had any research to prove him right or wrong. Now that the powers to be have dropped my former president, we’re trying to make informed choices about which new act to chase by listening to the market and trying to see which ones raise their heads, because it takes all of our resources to chase potential hits. Sometimes we get lucky with a new band, but that’s because the kids know something we don’t and take an act to critical mass essentially without the label’s participation. In fact, the best way to kill momentum on a developing act is to overtly market to their core audience. These fans are turned off by anything that seems to be generated by a major label.” This new reality resembles a Zen riddle—the harder you push, the more resistance you encounter. Without question, the days of throwing money willy-nilly at new and developing acts to see which one sticks are long gone.

  • Black London….
  • http://www.allhiphop.com,Version=1,Version=1 Rey

    Hmm…

  • RIK HAVOC 215/404

    I gave you the benefit of the doubt when you hated on DJ Drama saying he’s white, when he’s not.(your whiter than him);even when you hated on Lupe(which I think is just aight),then you hated on HBCU’s(which i went to) Now i question everything you say after you said you never heard “the miseducation of Lauryn Hill”(a classic) You’sa true DICKHEAD, who da hell gave your oreo ass, who obviously does not know a think about music, this blog. Get @ me!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Nightmare, don’t make me go Amy Fisher on your ass and chop your dick off and throw it in the middle of the highway, Damn, I do that shit with a butter knife.

  • http://ww.ww.com This blog sucks

    stop hating on HOVA

  • rock da block

    BOL U ARE A BICTH ASS NIGGA FOR MAKING FUN OF JAYS NEPHEW.JAYS NEPHEWS HAVE BEEN BY HIS SIDE SINCE DAY ONE.THIS HATE WAS NOT NEEDED.

  • Cuban Link

    who cares anymore Jay fell off hard.By the way to the dude above me, how the fuck did Bol make fun of Jayz nephew?READ BITCH

  • sATaLyte

    ^^

    For real, I thought he talked shit about the nephews too, but on second glance it really wasn’t anything foul, just a mere mention of it.

    I don’t know everybody’s probably used to him saying some wild shit or whatever so yeah it did seem wrong at first.

    Is anybody catching that silly ass political/hip hop show that BET just came out with that dude from Brownsville going to the Congressional Black Caucus?

  • nation of thugacation

    >> but there had to be more to it than that, right?

    there is more to it, and they have both spoken on it

    >> Basically, Jay-Z realized at some point that he could make that much more money if he didn’t have to split it in half with that ass-clown.

    there were three of them

  • allnice

    Doesn’t matter if there was 3 homey, only 2 were relevent. Don’t even mention Biggs, he is wack. Jay just had to keep it moving man. Niggaz are gonna hate because they don’t have the same amount of money and power he does, but what can they do about it? As for Beyonce, that chick played herself like most bitches do. This nigga Jay is about to take care of this broad, but she wants a full time career? Bitch don’t know how to multi-task so she loses to Rhianna. That shit is fucked up what happened to his nephew, R.I.P. to that nigga…..

  • soul from norwar

    I think that article right there is made to provoce, and I actually didn’t care to read more than halfway down the site.
    I really feel sorry for that guy who wrote it, because he reflects just what rappers and others just don’t appriciate; hater, I do every thing to mess whatever up.
    then again, it’s his job, but no one really cares if he quits..

  • eee

    Jay-z is a pussy nigga with no rap skills… His new album will be seriously weak… I feel bad for that nigga because, he is really embarasing himself lately… This nigga went to Africa and charged between 100 and 800 dollars for tickets to see his show! What a dumbass!

  • NIGHTMARE

    corrine, i know what else you can do with a butterknife, need i say more?

  • NIGHTMARE

    e aka the girl from montana and fernando the gay mexican cowboy you two love interests will not be using me as the third party so you can get those gay threesome ideas outta your head now faggots!

  • BLAQ

    BOL DO YOURSELF A FAVOR N QUIT….YOURE A BAD BLOG WRITER. POINT BLANK.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    2. Capo wants to smack Sickamore’s kufi off. Baaaallllliinnnnn! (Jones 2008 by the way, he should be on the ballot). Recently Atlantic Records A&R Sickamore wrote a blog comparing G-Unit to the New York Yankees and Dipset being the Mets. Jones’ response?

    “Hmmmmm, screw Sickamore. I’ll slap the shit out of Sickamore. That’s how I feel about his analogy. I’ll go in his office and choke him out in my building, smell me?” Jones told SOHH.com. “He lucky I ain’t beat the shit out of him around the elevators when we passed him by one day in the office. But I can’t violate my contract cause I’m an executive up there. He better watch his little skinny ass though. I’ll put a whole foot in his ass. That’s the only thing that’s keeping that boy afloat. That little contract.”

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    I ain’t a girl nightmare ask your mom she loved my dick. You pussy internet thugh i’ll stomp you if I see you on the streets.

  • iMAC

    Is jay-z GAY? Why doesn’t he have any kids yet

  • babyboy

    “He’s mentioned time and time again in interviews that he’d like to have kids (not just abortions”, U got that right nigga, couldn’t stop laughin at dat 1 dough, thats some real shit, but after what i’ve heard in, Kingdom done from Jim Jones and Dame Trash, it was over money, cuz dat nigga was sayin. they dont know i saw my 1mil, b4 i was 20, and shit like dat, man dame is so cocky i hate dat mutha fucka

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Ooooooh Nightmare I get it. I hand the butter knife to you and I’ll remind you to “walk down the street then across the street”,please don’t look both ways.

  • http://www.myspace.com/daojones1 daojones

    u keep sayin shit like that ur gonna get fucked the fuck up.

  • here

    This guy has no idea what he’s talking about. He doesn’t even mention the fact that the original Rocafella split their money three ways: Jay, Dame, and Kareem. Also, if he had bothered to even do research he would know that Jay was talking about what he and Beyonce’s relationship was like two years ago. And as for his last point: 1 he bought his car for his nephew’s graduation, and 2 that shit was just wrong.

  • mrak

    Wow, worst article ever. Why did you even bother writing it? You gave us NO new info and half the stuff you wrote is wrong. Jay-Z already said that the feelings in verse two are real, but old, meaning that he hasn’t broken up with Beyonce. Way to extrapolate dude.

  • Joz

    I love how you write “Inside Jay-Z’s new ‘not a dis record’” as if you actually had inside info. But you can’t get inside anything, let alone a Jay-z record. Everyone knows all this.

    You’re going to need a new Kanye/Bun B controversy, or XXL will fire you.

  • sorry i’m a champion….

    >shaking my head

  • content

    weak post.

    cosign Joz

  • NIGHTMARE

    corrine you little sweet tart, you cant get the job done if your mouth is always open. now just be a good little hoe and swallow!

  • Eron

    Jay-Z is a sucka, Don’t nobody care what he got coming out.Nas is the shit.He’s to old for Beyonce.I know that’s got to be hard for them. Jay-Z gettin some ass when she ain’t around that’s why she followed him on his tour cause his other bitch was to near? She has made some terrible moves since she been with Jay-Z, like having being seen given oral pleasure to Jay-Z,and being at one of his concerts trying to be hard, Bitch please! Jay-Z is pimpin that little girl.

  • POBE

    BOL, IF DAME DASH IS A DUMMY WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU?? LET ME SEE A FUCKIN LOSER MAYBE? A WRITER WHO CAN’T WRITE? … JUST A THOUGHT.

    DIPSET ALL DAY!

  • Bol is a stupid dumb cunt

    man u write so much shit, innuendo about rhianna, cos how would really wanna fuck chick with a massive forehead like hers (although it would be a really easy target to cum on!) beyonce aint 23 either in the song, she 25 so get that straight…u just write shit to make ppl go on with shit like i am on this stupid site.

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  • T Mons

    yo this is a song that was supose to be on the black album… wasnt finished in tiem,, thast why he says 23, instead of 25..

    http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.4591/title.jay-talks-dre-detox-and-beyonce

  • TONE

    Bol
    You sound like you are just hatin. Sad! Contreversy over honesty just to sell a mag. You can’t get any respect for that. At least Jay was being honest.

  • bmorechick

    I think that the first verse is kinda self explainatory. Jay and Dame don’t get along anymore. It’s more than obvious that the second verse is about Beyonce’, but no they are not broken up. The last verse, is about his nephew. But how do you figure that he brought his nephew that car to make him love him? And how can you be sarcastic about someone’s death? And just incase you don’t know, which it’s obvious that you don’t, that particular song was written two years ago. Listen to the last verse for clarification on that.

  • Sara

    Colleek ur a champion. U will NEVER be forgotten. Regardless how much this ni**a wanna talk shit about u. We all lost One. Much Love. R.I.P.

  • tonio

    man shut the fuck up jays the best out you a hatin bitch

  • tonio

    fuck “B” that girl rianna look betta any ways!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jay my nigga.

  • Beef

    Dude stay talkin shit about Jay. Just hatin man talking about his family won’t get you anywhere

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    Damn this is easzy money I need to put out an magazine and make money, people just belive anything… ha ha

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