Seems Like Old Times…

slave auction

So Cam’Ron sold his homey Juelz Santana’s contract to Def Jam for two million bucks. That reminds me of when there was no free agency in baseball. Owners regularly sold the contracts of their best players when they were strapped for cash. I wonder if Cam’Ron couldn’t have raised more money for himself by just having an auction. All the interested labels could have begun a bidding war for Santana’s services.

Two millies doesn’t seem like a lot of scrilla to me for one of the highest touted rappers in the youngish sort of generation. There’s a whole grouping of rappers that are in their thirties and late twenties who still rhyme for the high school set. Fab, Wayne, Bow Wow, Juelz, you know the names. You would figure that Juelz would have at least three more solo projects in him. Couldn’t Cam have scraped together three million dollars for the paperwork?

How much is Manny Ramirez getting this season? I know the game is totally different but he is a dude that is in his late thirties which means he is close to retiring. Once a rapper reaches thirty I’m sure that most of you da-dunt da-dunns would argue that is when they become irrelevant. Maybe that is why Cam’Ron could only fetch 2 millies for the Juelz paperwork. Juelz is approaching his thirtieth birthday and Def Jam won’t pay that O.J. Mayo money to someone who has Baron Davis’ knees. Record industry money is more like NFL paperwork in that nothing is ever guaranteed. Even the signing bonus has to be recouped in most cases.

Some of you are asking why the fuck am I speculating on shit that I don’t know the particulars of? Sheeeeeit, speculatiing on niggas futures is one of the top elements of Hip-Hop right after writing on walls with a spray can and fingerbanging your best friends’ sister. Both of which I have done, but then again, I am sooooo Hip-Hop. One thing I will say is that Juelz keeps his new movement on point by borrowing the old school vibe of using matching color-coded promotional t-shirts for all of his weedcarriers. Makes you wonder who is giving the skull [ll]? Oh boy.

skulls

pic courtesy of Miss Info, obviously

So when do you think Def Jam will release the new Santana album? Certainly not until 2009, if ever. First, Juelz will have to put out a mixtape and try to re-create the former buzz he held from five years ago. Second, Juelz will have to negotiate the politricks of a label that moves around now like a rudderless ship. If Juelz Santana rhymes like Lil’ Wayne he still has a chance. The truth is there are too many rappers at Def Jam right now. Someone’s gonna have to retire.

  • te noh

    Didn’t take long to try to bury your other post . . . this one was pretty good, though.

  • http://foshiggadale.blogspot.com Foshiggadale

    if they still wanna salvage Juelz’ career, they’ll pay Birdman & Slim (because we all know Weezy is no more the president of that label than Hov was at Def Jam) whatever it costs to put I Can’t Feel My Face out, or more likely, they’ll try to piggyback him off whatever album Jones drops next

  • 239allday

    Juelz had a good thing going with “What the game’s been Missing”. He should have capitalized off of that. But I think the kid still got a buzz in the streets because of all the mixtape shit with Wayne. Anyways, Cam still made one of the biggest moves in 08 when it comes to Hip Hop.

    Plus… fingerbanging your best friend’s sister is slimy as fuck. I did fingerbang my homeboy’s girlfriend’s lil sister though, but that’s okay!!

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Like I said, Juelz is now in the hole (nolo). $2M, which is a low figure for Juelz at this point in his career, is still a lot of money for Def Jam to recoup. Dude better get a sleeping bag for the studio and a year’s worth of buddy passes for the studio.

    Makes you wonder how much he would have sold Jim Jones for. $500k?

    But seriously, Juelz should be thankful. It could have been way worse in terms of how much he now has to sell to make the money back for IDJ and to see any royalty revenue. One of my homies from Harlem says that Juelz is worth $20M in street/underground value in NY. I don’t really agree with that, but I do think that the number should have been closer to $10M.

    That would have effectively killed Juelz’s career and made Cam the illest businessman in Hip-Hop right now. If your artist leaves you in public, but not on contract, you can certainly shit on him or her for whatever you want, as long as you have that paperwork.

    Cam needs a southern artist. But first, he needs a better mixtape than PE #1. That thang was straight assy. But you can tell now that Cam doesn’t give a french-fried fuck about anybody that doesn’t ride with him, from Jay to Jim to Juelz.

    Dipset is truly dead. Cam needs to man up with some good music, or it’s terminal for him, Jim and maybe even Juelz.

  • WANG

    nice post billy

    but dipset is dead……..these is all bout dey paper but in my opinion money was da reason dey aint together no more.

  • giantstepp

    Ayo, BXS….i personally think it was a smart move on Cams part. Kinda fucked up, but smart business wise. I cant see none of them dudes(dipset) generating real money at this point in what careers they had. Cam got 2 milli stacks out of it…that was a come up considering the Fact that they cant sale records anymore.

    Skull gang (nigga please) is equalivent to T.I’s PSC (pimp squad click)….a useless gimmick that dont stand a chance in the game, IMO of course.

    • BIGNAT

      hahahahahaha it’s true psc it’s like how can you have a pimp squad with no pimps. thats sounds more like a crew snoop could run with the bishop don magic juan CHURCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

      • 239allday

        Furthermore, why is all the niggas in P$C fat. Have any of yall noticed that shit.

        • Pierzy

          Maybe T.I. is a chubby chaser…

  • jollyrench

    Its a good move by Cam. Lets say the labels make like 10-12 bucks a cd, Juelz has to sell 150-200 thousand copies for them to break even, and thats not even including the overhead of producers, featured artists and studio engineers. What percentage of rap artists are selling 150k copies in this day and age?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I feel like Juelz was worth more than 2 millie is all I’m saying.

    Keep in mind that Cam doesn’t keep that change all by himself. There has to be a t.I. lawyer that he breaks that bread with and please don’t forget Uncle Sam’s gangster cut.

    You see the shit that Young Buck got himself into by avoiding the tax man.

    • giantstepp

      Thats real BXS and I didnt look at it like that. Maybe cam should’ve held out for 4 milli stacks…LOL. Seriously, my point was that if Cam got something out of it, good. Because I just dont see Dipset generating any money at this stage in the game, and its obvious they cant work together anymore, so get something.

  • EReal

    Jay’s contract 100 Million

    Juelz 2 Million

    Dipset LOST. I bet Cam couldnt even sell his own contract, he’s so irrelevent at this point. I guess he figured he’d try to get some more florida retirement scratch while he could since people are runnin from dipset like it was a burning fucking building. lol.

    Noone got a picture of this dude? We’re gonna start seein this guy on milk cartons soon, lmao.

  • http://www.myspace.com/uptownempire Trouble

    Cam Is Smart For This, And Im Sure Juelz Wanted Out Of Dipset So He Could Pump That Skull Gang Bullshit.

    Dipset Is Far From Over, Cam is A Strong Artist, And they Still Have Hell Rell, J.r Writer, Katt Williams, And 40 Cal. Jim Jones Is Easily Replaced, And If Juelz Didnt Wanna Rock Wit Dipset No Mo, Then Get That Money From Def Jam, And Put it Back Into Diplomats Records Bank Account.

    “When The Grass Is cut, the snakes will show”-Jay-Z

    Snakes= Jim Jones And Juelz

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ I feel like deleting this niggers comment just because of the way he used capital letters.

    Fucking RetAHd.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Speaking of P$C, has anyone noticed that their name is like that skit on the Aquemini album, right before Rosa Parks?

    “You got that new Pimp-Trick-Gangsta Click?”

    • Macdatruest

      I got that new pimp trick gangsta click album. but i just dont play right…
      lol

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    “So when do you think Def Jam will release the new Santana album? Certainly not until 2009, if ever. First, Juelz will have to put out a mixtape and try to re-create the former buzz he held from five years ago. Second, Juelz will have to negotiate the politricks of a label that moves around now like a rudderless ship. If Juelz Santana rhymes like Lil’ Wayne he still has a chance. The truth is there are too many rappers at Def Jam right now. Someone’s gonna have to retire.”

    PRETTY MUCH. BUT KILLA COULD HAVE GOTTEN MORE PAPER OFF DAT DEAL. SMMFH.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/deshawn772004 Federal Ranga

    “Juelz is approaching his thirtieth birthday and Def Jam won’t pay that O.J. Mayo money to someone who has Baron Davis’ knees.”

    >>>>>>> Damn, I thought Juelz was 25… WTF?

  • Bang

    He could start kissing Birdman in public for a buzz, you know these metro fruits in hip hop luv that shit now

    • Pierzy

      Ha! Good call

  • Pierzy

    “Sheeeeeit, speculatiing on niggas futures is one of the top elements of Hip-Hop right after writing on walls with a spray can and fingerbanging your best friends’ sister. Both of which I have done, but then again, I am sooooo Hip-Hop.”

    ^^^^^^^^
    Hahahaha