Impeach The President…
So Jay-Z isn’t the president of Def Jam any longer? Who the fuck cares? It’s funny that more of you dudes care about his faux presidency than you do for Obaama, John Edwards or Dennis Kucininnich(however you spell that niggas name). You certainly didn’t elect Jay-Z to the presidency and chances are you prah’lee won’t participate in the primaries or general election next year either. So why would you even give a fuck who sits at the corner desk in Def Jam?
What does this actually mean anyhoo? For one, people can stop blaming Jay-Z for sucking dry the Def Jam budget in order to promote his vanity projects. ‘Kingdome Come’ and ‘American Gangster’ received major promotion pushes unseen in rap music evar. KC had expensive videos filmed overseas with al kinds of cross-promotional efforts from superbrands like Budweiser and Nascar, while ‘American Gangster’ used a major motion picture starring the Gladiator and Malcolm X to herald its arrival. I got an e-mail a few weeks ago that ‘Kingdome Come’ just officially went platinum, as in the millionth album that had been shipped to stores was actually finally sold.
So now this means that maybe we see less of Jay-Z on yachts and white sandy beachs. Or not. Jay-Z has some affiliation with several businesses outside of music and he could always shift his attentions to actually learning some of the employee names at the 40/40 clubs he owns. One wonders if Jay-Z would have chosen that name for a franchise of night spots knowing what we now know about the use of steroids in baseball? That is why he named the club 40/40 right? There’s always that position at Roca-Wear that Jay-Z holds. Just in case you wanted to support Jay-Z’s clothing line they have Roca-Wear on sale at A.J. Wright for dirt cheap. I just copped a pair of Timberland field boots for thirty cent. I hope they’re authentic.
The odds on favorite to replace Jay-Z at Def Jam is Jermaine Dupri. Now that Rocko is signed to Def Jam I expect to see a wave of Atlanta based artists coming to the record label. The same way Jermaine Dupri was used to help him fill Arista with young talent will be what this child prodigy does for Def Jam. All the acts that were on shaky ground at Def Jam just got a little shakier. Those acts ith little to no pop music appeal need to pack their bags. Cats like Memphis Bleek, Peedi Crack, Uncle Murda and Juelz Santana should get themselves a locker over at Koch Records headquarters. I think LL Cool J will stick around since he has always been able to deliver a crossover hit and since he does so much work on television and movies.
So now we can’t blame Jay-Z when it takes Redman six years to release another album and we can’t blame Jay-Z when the next Roots crew CD doesn’t even receive a promotional poster. To tell you the truth, we shouldn’t have blamed him in the first place. This is all Russell Simmons fault.