News: M.O.P.'s Billy Danze On Jay-Z & 50 Cent, "Every Other Deal Was B/C A Boss Was A Fan" [Video]
Monday, Aug 17, 2009 3:35PM
M.O..P.'s Billy Danze recently spoke on his falling out with Roc-A-Fella and G-Unit Records and said aside from each labels decline, both Jay-Z and 50 Cent were fans of his rap group before bosses.
Describing his observation of Jay-Z and Dame Dash's past issues, Danze also talked about M.O.P's consistent relevancy within the rap game.
"The whole time we were signed to Roc-A-Fella, the sh*t was just like one big a** parade," Danze said about being on the Roc. "Unfortunately, the situation with Dame and Jay wasn't what we thought it was and I'm not sure what it was, but it wasn't what we thought it was. So, Roc-A-Fella was on the decline, Jay and Dame were going through their personal sh*t or whatever...Again, [G-Unit] was another label we got to and after a few months, it seemed like it started to decline...Name me another group in the history of hip-hop music -- that's done it for 16 years, not only done it for 16 years, but with the exception of the first deal, every other deal was because a boss was a fan himself. So it was beyond business. Now, regardless of record sales, have the whole 'hood behind you -- we're talking about relativity, major record label. Loud, major. Sony, major. Roc-A-Fella, major. G-Unit, major. The music that we put out, consistent as h*ll." (Industry Muscle)
Danze previously said their main problem with signing with Jay and 50's companies was the timing of their deals.
"Basically both labels were broke," he said in an interview. "We were in a position to get deals from these labels, and also from LOUD Records too...All three of those labels were the biggest East Coast urban labels at the time, but every time we got to one of them, they started declining...It was just a timing issue, and if we would have gotten to either label a year before -- it would have worked out...But we were in the game when the Roc was a pebble, and before G-Unit got put on...As long as we were able to make music, and put albums out, we were still happy because we don't have those fans like everyone else has...The fans that we have are more like family members because they've been around for our whole career...Our fans want us to be in a good position, and they don't want us to be on a label that's crumbling." (iHipHop)
He also spoke with SOHH earlier this year about not releasing an album under Fif's record label.
"I apologize personally to all the M.O.P. fans out there for not getting an album out faster," Danze said. "But if you a fan then you understand everything got to be in place everything got to be right. If you know M.O.P. and you are a fan then you're not going to be disappointed at all. We're going to continue to give you the M.O.P. that you know and love." (SOHH)
After moving from the Roc to G-Unit in 2005, the rap duo split from 50 around February 2008.
While M.O.P.'s three year stint on G-Unit did not yield an album, the group benefited greatly from the situation, according to their longtime manager. "The great thing about the G-Unit deal is that it cleared all the debts the group carried over the years," Laze explained. "So we are starting basically from scratch." (All Hip Hop)
Check out M.O.P.'s interview below: