News: Maino Snaps On Record Industry Politics, "If I Had My Way, I'd Do Away W/ The F*gs" [Video]

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Maino recently discussed his stance on the record industry politics and warned fans of the shady dealings which, he claimed, go on behind the scenes.

In addition to speaking on his dislike for the political side of music, Maino did express his appreciation for the craft of making records.

"If I had it my way, I'd do away with the f*gs," Maino said in an interview. "And I don't mean in a gay sense, I mean the f*g sh*t, the f*cking lying, when I'm in your face 'I'ma sell you the world and soon as I get you away it's everything opposite of what I told you.' That's not real man business. That's not how men move, so, I don't love it...I'm hustling my situation. I work hard and I do what needs to be done so I can get what I need but at the same time I don't love the business of it. I love to create, I love to be in the studio, I love to perform for the people because the people are really fans of the music and they don't understand how dirty, nasty and foul these people are. That's why I keep a tight circle and move the way I move. I don't play with these people." (247HH)

Likewise, Murder Inc. head Irv Gotti recently blamed the record industry for hip-hop's unstable status.

"See, the music business is d*ck riders for the better part," Gotti said in an interview. "I understand that it's logic, I accept it but they're d*ck riders. So they want a Dream beat right now or they want a Polow Da Don or whatever like that. They d*ck riders. And I know and I can say that with the utmost confidence because they d*ck rode me for a large time and I wacked 'em in the head. Murder Inc. got all the hits, everyone's calling me. The illest sh*t I ever did was I made someone pay me $50,000 just to get on the phone. I was an a**hole at the highest level. I said, 'Yo listen man, send me $50k and I'll get on the phone, if not f*ck outta here yo,' I was an a**hole at the highest, yo, a quarter, you heard me, $250,000, I ain't stutter,' click. He sent that paper." (MTV)

UGK's Bun B also said only a select few emcees were still profiting from the rap game.

"I wonder if people who ask Southern artists [about their past streaks also] ask West coast artists or Midwest artists or New York artists that, because all those regions are falling off," Bun said in an interview earlier this year. "Hip-Hop, in general, doesn't have the demand power it used to in any region. We had a good run in Houston, but every region's in trouble. There are really only six people making money off rap music. Everybody knows that." (Vibe)

Soulja Boy recently expressed his issues with the record industry as a teen rap star.

"At 18 years, having grown up in the Mississippi Delta, I never thought my life would take me to where I am now," he wrote in a blog entry earlier this month. "All I thought I loved was music. I would die for that motherf*ckin music. But, once I got a record deal and all these people around me trying to tell me who to be, what to do and how to do it, I realized that I wasn't making music any more for the love. I got into this weird place where I began making music for the money...I thought money was gonna bring me happiness. And that is the farthest thing from the truth. Money f*cks you up...I know I might sound crazy, because a lot of you who are reading are probably like, I wish I had this ni**a's money. But, the truth is that money got me twisted. All I want to do is go back to making music for the love of it...I know my fans. And I know they will understand this. This ain't got nothing to do with y'all." (Global Grind)

Check out Maino's interview below:

247HH V2: Maino from MCM on Vimeo.

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