News: Hot 97 Shuts Down Flex's Interscope Boycott, "We Had To Muzzle Him"

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 1:14PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York City radio station Hot 97 has addressed last week's Interscope Records boycott threats from Funkmaster Flex saying he "went too far."

Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden claims the station is not known for boycotting any record label.

"We've never held back on a whole label's music," Ebro said in an interview. "And we won't. We've got good relationships with labels...We had to muzzle Flex...People know a lot of what he says is showmanship, but that went too far." (New York Daily News)

Flex announced his decision last week to stop playing records from Interscope over shady business practices.

"Let me tell you something Nino, New York I'm talking to a person who makes decisions, who does things up there moving funny style," Flex said on his radio show about an Interscope employee. "Interscope Records, nothin' is spinning...50 [Cent], from what I hear, your deal is up at Interscope, we got you. I'd walk out that building after that...That Eminem album is coming Interscope, I take pride in how I'm gonna do this movement...Unfortunately, we're not gonna be able to play those Eminem and Dr. Dre records and I'm so sorry this is the way this has to go down with this guy's album coming. I want us all to be friends, but Nino is not a friend of ours. I will go on with this, Nino, you got 24 hours to fix yourself or this goes some place else, tomorrow...Nino is the only one I'm letting off today, tomorrow I'm teeing off on the whole team." (Hot 97)

Aside from the Interscope issue, Hot 97 recently announced the line-up for this year's Summer Jam concert at Giants' stadium in June.

Hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, this year's line-up includes Mary J. Blige, The-Dream, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Elephant Man, Young Jeezy, T-Pain & Friends, Jadakiss and surprise guests. (The Angie Martinez Show)

Dipset's Freekey Zekey has hinted that a reunion between Cam'ron and the rest of Dipset may take place at the concert.

"I just gotta tell you, stay tuned for Summer Jam," Zekey declared in an interview. "Like I said, it is what it is right now. N*ggas ain't talking to each other over simple sh*t, nobody killed nobody took no money from nobody, it ain't even no beef...This is a family dispute...We gonna be jammin' in the summer." (Hip Hop Beef)

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