Quote of the Day: LL Cool J

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LL Cool J is still talking about his issues with Def Jam and discusses his new albun Exit 13, that has 50 Cent as the executive producer. No cents and Hova even have something to say. Via MTV:

“These guys fail to realize that when you talk about Def Jam, you’re talking about my legacy. Everything that ever happened at Def Jam is my legacy. Without me being a 16-year-old with my rhyme book, Def Jam [wouldn’t] exist. Everything that’s ever been a success up there is a product of me, and I’ve given birth to it.”

“You go on blogs and everything, people know when people are lying. Things are not all rosy up there [at Def Jam]. 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.”

“It’s about the bars and beats, it’s fly. I’m not trying to look down on anybody. I’m not gonna try to hurt people and tell them how rich I am or what I’m driving. It’s a little of that, but that’s not my focus. It’s never been my focus to make the ‘hood feel bad. This record is for the ‘hood — specifically for the ‘hood. It’s for Queens, it’s for people who are real hip-hop fans. It’s the real thing. I’ve been throwing records away, trashing some records; I’ve had some records that I thought were garbage, records I thought were hot. I’m mixing it up.”

What Jay-Z has to say on the beef:

“I would never block anybody’s blessings. That type of sh– comes back to you. … I believe in karma. He’s upset, not me. If he wanna work it out, I’m more than willing to do that.”

What 50 cent has to say:

“[LL’s] got his own issue [with Def Jam], to be honest with you. 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.”

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  • Ttime

    It is the truth–whether people like it or not.

  • MarieDaGuru

    One cent used the word liaison? I’m impressed!

    He’s still ugly and can’t rap, though.

    But he’s a hell of a businessman! Gotta give him that.

  • MarieDaGuru

    I’m suprised he didn’t say “Lashawn” or something. lol

  • dez nuts

    hes so mature i respect ll good karma to ya bro

  • Lady J

    LL speaks to the Truth! I saw a hot show w/the legendary Roots crew this past weekend at Nokia – I was sitting-thinking to myself-when the hell r they gonna put out another hot one? Oh, but they are on def jam now, no one gets play there… Not even NAS and he’s realer than Joe Camel.

  • hiphoper

    lol at No cents making the most sense out of the 3 of them

  • usmarine

    Without Rick Rubin behind the boards your ass would’nt have a career, without Russell pushing the label and promoting you would’nt have a career. Without Warren G dropping a album Def Jam would of folded due to the west coast dominating in the early 90s.

    Get off your high horse LL, you are a part of it’s success but you are not all of it. See what happen when you only cater to women and that fan base stop supporting you, you flop. Always stick to the street, they are more loyal and less shallow the female hiphop fans.

  • SW10

    his is telling the truth since jay z became ceo he does wat he thinks is best like promoting talentless rihanna.

  • dee

    LL…Stop It!!!…you are beginning to sound a little like Little Richard. You are lucky to have lasted this long..just go look at yourself in the mirror and lick your lips, you’ll feel alot better.

  • Sandy

    LL needs to seriously get over it. Maybe we just don’t wanna hear him rapping anymore, it kills me how “stars” don’t ever want to accept being washed up… stick to movies, do something else… your rap career is over! AND I AM A FAN!!!!

  • Beeyah!

    Jayz has no respect.

  • Traycee

    He’s still salty because HE wasn’t made CEO. It’s Jay-Z’s ship, and he’s steering it as he sees fit! GET OVER IT!!!

  • Dirty South

    LL made Def Jam? I am pretty sure Russell Simmons had something 2 do with that. I hate when artist start saying it’s the labels fauly because they album didn’t sell. Put out good music and people will buy it.

  • FIDDY

    @ MARY J BLIGE,

    ARE YOU THE REAL MARY? WHAT’S UP, IF YOU ARE!

    L.L IS RIGHT IN AWAY. HE IS THE OLDEST MEMBER STILL HANGIN ON TO HIS RAP CAREER! I RESPECT HIM AND ALL WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR HIP HOP, BUT NO ONE WANTS TO SEE A 40 YEAR OLD STILL TRYING TO REP THE HOOD. GO BE A DAD AND DO SOME AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WITH THE KIDS. HOW ABOUT STICK TO ACTING!AND STOP HATIN!

    WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HEAR THAT JOINT FROM METHOD MAN AND LAURYN HILL “SAY” GET SOME BETTER AIR PLAY! AND WE WANT TO HEAR MORE OF THE ROOTS. JAY IS A GREAT RAPPER AND L.L NEEDS TO REALIZE SOMEONE HAS TO BRING THE RAP GAME BACK TO WHERE IT WAS. NAS SAID IT BEST “HIP HOP IS DEAD”. AND IT WILL STAY DEAD IF PEOPLE LIKE JADA KISS, JAY-Z, NAS,BEEANIE, FREEWAY, AND MANY MORE FROM THE EAST COAST TO THE WEST COAST, DON’T GRAB A MIC AND DO WHAT THEY DO BEST!

  • Delta Diva

    It’s not just LL or other rap artists that are struggling, there are many from other labels that are struggling especially due to the Cranking that Souja Boy and other foolishness. There are very few real hip hop artists that can sell a lot of records right now. Even though LL may hae some truth to what he’s saying, the labels are not always to blame, it the public and what they want.

    Personally, I loved LL back in the day but now I would rather see him in movies than rapping..

  • Happy 2 B Nappy

    It seems to me that me LL is a lil full of himself and his importance. I do think that LL has a place in rap history and Def Jams history, but making them, NO! I did not think LL did drugs but this trip he is on says otherwise.

    This is a note to you LL, please leave the game with dignity and grace. Don’t go out like a whining old ass cry baby, yah heard!

  • Smartie

    LL if your record is truly for Queens then put the royalties you’re gonna make off of it INTO Queens. Go back to Farmers Blvd, Lefferts Blvd and look at those messed up parks where kids have to play ball. Don’t sit there and plug your record like you’re some sort of politician and you’re “for the people” when you’re probably just gonna drop your checks off in the bank and run back to your estate in Manhasset where you won’t have to see the faces of the people in Queens. Eff u.

  • renegro

    all i got to say is too many people swinging from jayz nuts, fck em both

  • star

    LL needs to sit the *uck down! he is old and the game has changed! stop blaming jay for your cd not selling!the reason it flopped is because no one wants to here a 40 year old rapping!stick to the movies boo!

  • Delta Diva

    @ Black Friday

    I agree that Luda’s album got promotion. I think at that time he was a little more focused on DTP than his own stuff…Fab, I’m not sure how his album sales went, I didn’t buy the album- His first album was great and went platinum. It is a known fact that a lot artists don’t do as well on their second projects like their first.

    Even with all the promo in the world, I still doon’t believe that LL will sell like he did in his younger days

  • http://Gravatar real talk

    Stop gossiping you looooooooooooosers!! lol naw just kidding women fans are not shallow LL just passed his time if he contributed so much to deaf jamm then he should know how to promote his self, and get on that paper chase ladys still love cool james.

  • nono

    whatever who cares!

  • The Real Essence 1

    Although I agree with his statements he needs to learn how to hold his composure better. Real dudes never let people seem them sweat!

    On another note LL has the gay mans mouth going on strong!

    So does Tracey Morgan & Busta Rhymes—oooh how yall doin?

  • Downtown

    People sa LL is too old to be rapping but a let of your favorite rappers are close to his age in besides LL’s right, He was Def Jam from the beginning in dude is still nice on the mic,It ain’t about your age or how much money you have it’s about Skills just keep it Hip Hop

  • Taylor

    As anyone notice that we are the only culture [Hip Hop] that trips off of age. Rock and Roll, Counrty, Religion, and other types of music does not put an age gap on things. and to be honest Young artist are not doing it like they are suppose to. Instead of putting people down LL, Jay-Z, Diddy, anyone else that is close to or 40 let them do their thing. You don’t like it don’t buy it. The rolling stones has been around for decades and still goes multi-plat. Stop hating people. Support our culture. I respect Jay-Z because we know he does not have to rap so he do it for the love. He is worth over 500 mill. Record labels do not push marketing on albums anymore because album sells are at a big decline. I think I can speak for anyone, if they know that their favorite artist is coming out with an album, all they need is an album date and that’s it. I do not need to see 200 commericals or 5 videos before the album drop. I wouldn’t want it after all of that.

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