LL Cool J and Jay-Z Back Away From Possible Battle

ll-cool-j.jpgLast month, when LL Cool J allegedly took shots at Def Jam President Jay-Z in a YouTube video, stating, “I don’t even know why you did that to yourself. When you doing that verse, you should have been doing your job, B,” many felt LL was responding to Jigga’s claim as the G.O.A.T. on 50 Cent’s “I Get Money (Remix).” Shortly after, rumors swirled on the Internet that LL was planning on releasing a diss track aimed at Def Jam Records and Jay-Z. Since then, however, cooler heads have prevailed. Jay recently told MTV News, “He’s upset, not me. If he wanna work it out, I’m more than willing to do that.” Now, LL is also backing away from a possible battle with Hov, telling MTV News, “I don’t need to go all-out,” he said. “At this point I think the focus should be to make great music, trying to keep it positive, trying to have some sort of relationship where we can work together.” Tension between both sides boiled after the disappointing sales of LL’s 2006 album, Todd Smith, which the Queens legend blamed on a lack of promotion from Def Jam. “Things are not all rosy up there,” LL tells MTV. “Too many [artists] have suffered: Method Man, Redman, the Roots, Fabolous, Ludacris. The list goes on. Nobody is getting promoted the way they should be promoted. I’m one man. I can’t battle a whole record label. So we not gonna try to turn this into what it’s not. To try and battle a record label is foolish. It’s bad enough they are calling around to radio stations telling them not to play my records.” According to 50 Cent, who is executive producing LL’s final album on Def Jam, Exit 13, he is acting as a liaison between LL and Def Jam. “[LL’s] got his own issues [with Def Jam], to be honest with you,” 50 tells MTV. “He feels that they’re not prioritizing him. He’s been there from the start. I talked to him and I talked to Jay. I’m the liaison between them for that project to keep that functioning. And I’m gonna bring the material necessary for us to have a great project…Jay’s priority is business. He’s a businessman. If it makes good business sense, he’s doing it.”

  • smog

    im a liaison wtf does that mean i thought he was already a liaison for jimmy, now who the hip hop whore? dude got his hand in everybodys biz

  • Trev-O-Negative

    I’m kinda sad they not gonna battle no more,cuz real talk i wanted 2 hear 2 uv da greatest battle rapperz,in their prime,go all out.But we all know how it woulda ended,50 would have gotten involved & then it would have been G-unit vs. def jam.LL would have benefited,but he still will as long as jay & 50 do they jobz.LL cool j is da G.O.A.T., check hi resume’.

    • avery

      You are so right about LL cause i feel and know that he is the goat. Haters still listen to LL.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Jay-Z seriously be STILL saying lil slick shit like “LL is a Legend so he gets a Pass”, WTF!! LL would “body” the False-god that is Jay-Hov, and LL is just mature enough to rationally think that he has NOTHING to gain for stating the Obvious that Jay-Z is Overrated,arrogant, a Bad Exec of a Music Label and just needs to stick to rockin Open Toe Sandals at the Beach with his girl B while she’s rockin a Weave.

  • Mad

    Out of all that, the only thing you had to say was something bout Fifty. What about everything else

  • http://www.myspace.com/crillzbeatz Crillz Beatz

    Keep doin’ what u do, defining Greatness!
    Crillz Beatz http://www.myspace.com/crillzbeatz

  • Biggie

    thats right, LL is gon get his bitch ass smacked if he fucks with HOVA

  • BklynBandette

    Babylon IS Gonna FALL!

  • Rockcity

    Man this would have been a good ass battle damnit.

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  • SOUTHERNBREED

    I would have loved to seen this one!
    LL hasn’t battled in a minute and maybe that would’ve revived his career.
    remember when him and canibus went at it.
    that’s when he got back to the old LL.
    Now he doing songs with Jennifer Lopez non singing ass.
    This would’ve been the thing he needed.
    It would be nice to hear them do a song together too.
    Get DJ Premier on the beat and Let Them Do tha damn Thing.
    LL Still My Nigga but,He Ain’t as hard as he use to be.
    We Said the same about Jay when he came with the Kingdom Come Album.
    Now he back to the old Jay for the American Gangster Album.
    It Took The Movie To Motivate Jay back to the Old Jay.
    LL Needs The Same Thing!
    LL Cool J vs. Jay-Z?
    CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!

  • sojazzy

    Luda? Hmm…didn’t he go plat and win a Grammy?

  • Ambassdor of Detroit

    Best believe that there will be a battle despite what all the rumors and reports say. Do you honestly think LL or Jigga can hold back? I think not this is what hip hop needs right now…THE TRUTH!

    To hell with the glamour and glitz let’s take it back to summer 88….most of you’ll probably to young to remember that though. 50 trash, Jim Need to go home Jones, Lil Twerl…its not about all about beats its about content…and killing 7-10 people every song, while riding on dubs ain’t real…and frankly has the game in shambles.

  • TY

    what the hell does 50 Cent have to do with any of this. “I’m the liason” bullshit, 50 cent is a piece of shit to Jay-Z

  • http://www.myspace.com/starrscream Vega Diamond

    man (southern breed) if LL didnt do the behind the scenes bs, then Cannibus would still be out. that nigga destroyed LL.!!!! I dont understand why people even say he won?

  • esco

    get off of jays dick, nas is the greatest rapper alive period!!!!!!!!

  • MDAce15

    See thats how you can tell a hustler from a customer. Jay didnt wait for his label to make him… He made his label. LL been in the game since what?… 85? if you more than 20 years deep in the game why are you still at this point depending on others to sell records for you? And LL talkin about other artist’s suffering. Fab went gold, Luda damn near platinum, Meth and Red was gone for so long the new generation hardly knows how dope they really are. Look at all the Def Jam artist that have had success: Jay, Nas (had the biggest first week of his career), Kanye (platinum), Jeezy (platinum), Luda (platinum), Fab (gold and counting), Ne-Yo (platnum), Rihanna (platinum), hell even Chrisette Michelle’s album is doin ok. So people need to ask themselves (especially LL) is it def jam’s fault im not sellin records or is it that im just not as popular as i used to be. Cuz LL hasnt had a platinum album for a while and thats from even before The Carter Administration. I grew up around LL we lived on the same block for a long while and i still see him now and then but he and alot of other people need to realize sellin records is 30% talent and 70% popularity. Record labels thrive on artist popularity, if you aint poppin right now, the label (Def Jam included) can only do so much for you.

  • MDAce15

    Oh, by the way…”I’m already the GOAT, next stop is the BILLY…”

  • MDAce15

    And one more thing, I have LL’s latest album (Todd Smith) and I wish I never bought it. Ironically, the only song I liked was “Down The Aisle” feat. 112, and that was only cuz my girl liked it.

  • SOUTHERNBREED

    Vega Diamond,u right boss.
    LL came after canibus on 4,3,2,1.
    so canibus couldn’t respond back on the song.
    that was fucked up too!
    Canibus is Raw.
    I Like Dude,He Need To Come Back Out.
    And Wyclef Did him dirty too!

  • Louis Rich

    Why everytime a rapper doesn’t sell they blame the label or the artist runnin’ the label? Todd Smith was garbage & LL totally sold out his male fans (No Homo) LL is slowly losing my respect, it seems that he is jealous that he wasn’t offered the president position over Jay-Z, the fact of the matter is LL’s last CD was crap! A bunch of radio friendly r&b wannabe cuts with a feature on every one! And now people are supposed to take him serious cause he’s aligned himself with 50?! True enough I can see where he may be upset of course American Gangster is gonna get that heavy promotion so stop cryin’ & deal with it.

    Furthermore on “Queens” we know who he’s talking about why do MC’s feel they have to run to G-Unit to get respect in the hood?

    The fact of the matter is posters, stickers & street teams don’t sell records, true talent does Cool j’s last CD had 2 videos out before the CD came out don’t blame Hov cause the people didn’t respond.

    All I’m really trying to say is that some artists aren’t selling because they’re trying to stay relevant in a industry where the next dance craze (Soulja Boy) is what seems to reach the kids, the attention span of the average consumer is so short they’ll be on the next fad before the spring!

    And on a side note I don’t know what all the fuss is about over Joe Buddens? I mean I know he’s the shit in NY but I’m from Detroit and he’s not mentioned as being a great MC but maybe a new deal and CD can change my mind!

  • http://xxlmag.com ToneFelone

    How did Luda suffer? ain’t dat nigga just win a grammy? get da fuck outta here. If LL’s shit was hot then niggas woulda bought it. He need to stick to movies and start doin guest features on songs

  • da real

    Sorry Todd It Looks Like T Pain Took Your Job!Its Bad Enough We Get Feed That Gay Ass T Pain In The Ass Homo Thug Ballads And These Rappers Doin Collabos With This Fag! Cut It Out Man!

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Two heavyweight respected rappers, none of them need to do this.

  • Gamma

    Canabis bodied LL cool j you simple minded mutha fuckas

  • be-eazy

    1st and fore-most, LL is trippin… What kinda difference would it be in marketing/promo capital for LL’s exit 13 would it be if Jay was the boss or not the boss??? To me i think ppl(artists) over at Def Jam are just being little kids and crying bout it as a scape-goat to justify why the album ain’t selling bcuz the GOD MC(HOV) is in control… You think Jay don’t have business sense? Who tha f*ck started the ROC? Who’s startup money was used to jump the ROC? Who do you think of when you hear Roc-a-Fella? Personally, from a business stand point, if i was the label-head I wouldn’t give LL’s project a HUGE budget if it was a lackluster… But it depends on the quality of the recorded music, whether or not if it has hot tracks and has some cuts that could possibly be hot singles to have radio play… Thats what i would go by… LL, stop crying about everything… You need to worry more about making your album and then after you have a complete project then go to HOV and see what kinda budget u can get… bcuz obviously, IF YOUR ALBUM IS TRASH, YOU GET A LOW BUDGET… ppl am i right? and sometimes they send u back inthe studio to re-do yo project and then yo release date could get pushed back… lol

  • be-easy

    oh yeah… i think jay and ll battling would be crazy… to be honest i think LL would demolish Jay cuz LL is more vicious when spittin… BUT, then again Jay don’t mess around tho… could be a tie!

  • be-eazzzy

    MDACE15, i couldn’t agree with you more!
    LL, hmmm, he’s a ‘customer’. lol… LL, stop being dependant dude… i’d say, just stop recording albums altogether… start doing something else bcuz lets face it… your popularity and overall existence has come to a dead-end… lol let’s just hope EXIT13 is his EXIT outta the rap game… and no im not hater…

  • http://www.imperialfilmworks.com h.imperial

    i think somebody scared……how they not gonna battle…these are 2 mc’s who knows not 2 take it 2 the streets, they have 2 much 2 lose….i think jay would have beat him anyway

  • LUMP

    LL BUILT DEF JAM HE DESERVES MORE RESPECT………..KNOW YOUR RAP HISTORY….HE IS THE REAL G.O.A.T.>>>>JAY-Z DONT CARE ABOUT NOONE BUT JAY-Z…..I THINK EVERYBODY BE PULLING HIS JOCK 2MUCH THATS WHAT MAKES HIM HAVE THE BIGHEAD….WE DONT LIKE HIM 2 MUCH DOWN HERE IN THE SOUTH………..ONE DAY A REAL TRUE MC IS GONNA DISS HIS ASS LIKE SCAREFACE AND I BET U HE WONT RESPOND.I BET WHEN HIS NEW PROJECT DROPS WE WILL SEE A LOAD OF PROMOTIONS…..HE DONT PROMOTE NOBODY ELSE PROJECT LIKE HIS… THATS VERY SELFISH

  • VERSATYLE

    WE DONT LIKE HIM 2 MUCH DOWN HERE IN THE SOUTH…………..ONE DAY A REAL TRUE MC IS GONNA DISS HIS ASS LIKE SCAREFACE AND I BET U HE WONT RESPOND…

    First of all im from the south and all these niggas rapping from the south got they swag from that nigga…niggas wasnst tryin to be fly then bitch until jay stepped on the scene mothufuckas was tryin to be fake thugs with a bandana round they head and w beater and roled up jeans he really made niggas step they game up……he really the reason niggas is so cocky and arrogant these days ..but Jay is way more humble…and about scarface them niggas got respect for each other aint no beef in that…they both was street hustlers..but Lyrically and talent wise dat nigga would get slaughtered nuff said…REALLY WHO THE FUCK WANT TO GO TO WITH THIS NIGGA HE TRULY IS A ALL AROUND MC…ONCE AGAIN IM FROM THE SOUTH ALOT OF NIGGAS KNOW HOV IS DAT DUDE…

  • I – Menace

    Man…. If Ladies Love Cool James don’t sit his ole bsing ass down somewhere he was on the shelf long before Hov got there!! So if he wants some love from hiphop for dedication give him some flowers he wants love from the fans bring back LL Cool J!!!!

  • joey doe

    There goes old LL looking to revive his hip hop careere again.Why take shots at one of the most FLAWLESS of them though. You got to be desperate L come on dude at least aim at somebody in your (rhyming class) i dont know hmmm lets think..

  • O G

    In my opinion MDace15 hit this one right on the head. Jay-z’s business sense does surpass that of LL’s, proof is just in the fact that Jay knows exactly the right moment to make the next move in order to keep his popularity going, hes been doing it since the Nas beef. In the music biz popularity as someone put it accounts for 70% of the artists success and Jay z has the foresight to keep it going for himself. Jay simply knows when to stir things up a bit to keep people talking. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is just another plot between two hip hop legends to simultaneously promote each other and then squash it,(not that we would ever find out) being in the marketing industry it’s exactly what it seems.But one thing we all cant deny it that at the end of the day they both have created a big enough impact on hip hop for either one of them not to be forgotten .

  • Gee money

    Yo, I got mad love for Jay and LL cool J. I go back with the both of them, but further with LL. I buy both of these brothers albums because they r both nice on the mike. LL last joint was alright and i agree that he could have done better, and I was listening to Jay’s joint tonight while driving. It is a nice album. but he could have done better too. yet it is a better album then LL’s. Truth be told Jaz would bring out the Monster in LL and he knows it. And he killed CAN i bus with jack the ripper two and its feels so good to be back where i belong fewaturing Ja Rule. Many of ypour comments are right. but do u people know that LL had his own cli=othing line before J? Jaz like me is from BK, we sleep and drink and getting money, but LL is a certified Battle rapper that created most of the flows that you hear today including Jaz’s and yes Jaz Knowns he would be waking a sleeping giant if he moves foward with a battle with LL, he is smart as hell, he is not a fool. on that note peace to all Gee Money

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  • http://MYSPACE.COM RICK

    YO! LL.COOOL .J DIZ IZ A FAN OF YOUR U ARE MY NIGGIE LUV YO HIT’S BUT LIKE WHAT ONE OF THE PEP’S SAY U BATTLE JAY’HE GOOD BUT U A FREAK’EN I-CON BATTLE DAT’ A$$ JUST U VS’HIM NO ONE ELSE WORD 4 WORD HARD CORE STYLE DO! IT 2 HIM LL.CRUSH ALL HIS FREAK’EN COOKIE’S CUZ 2 U HE’S JUST SUM THIN’AU’ZZ CHIP’$ SHOW HIM HOW LL.COOL.J CRUSH MC’$ CUZ U DONT’ TAKE A BATTLE SITTIN DOWN!! YES LL. DIG DEEP! DEEP! IN2 YO! MIND CRUSH ON A RHYME! OF 16 BAR’$. HOLLA BIZZACK!

  • http://MYSPACE.COM RICK

    YO! LL.COOOL .J DIZ IZ A FAN OF YOUR U ARE MY NIGGIE LUV YO HIT’S BUT LIKE WHAT ONE OF THE PEP’S SAY U BATTLE JAY’HE GOOD BUT U A FREAK’EN I-CON BATTLE DAT’ A$$ JUST U VS’HIM NO ONE ELSE WORD 4 WORD HARD CORE STYLE DO! IT 2 HIM LL.CRUSH ALL HIS FREAK’EN COOKIE’S CUZ 2 U HE’S JUST SUM THIN’AU’ZZ CHIP’$ SHOW HIM HOW LL.COOL.J CRUSH MC’$ CUZ U DONT’ TAKE A BATTLE SITTIN DOWN!! YES LL. DIG DEEP! DEEP! IN2 YO! MIND CRUSH ON A RHYME! OF 16 BAR’$. HOLLA BIZZACK!

    LL.COOL.J
    YO ! U KNOW WHAT FREAK!! DAT’ DO’U MY NIGGA
    IF U FEEL U WANTA GET AT HIM THEN DO SO!
    BUT KEEP MAKEIN THE HOT’S DEEP’ES RHYMES!
    AND YO CLOTHE’N LINE AND 4 YO! FAM! & KID’S.