News: Nas Considers Def Jam Presidency, "I Would Love to Help Hip-Hop" [Video]

Monday, Sep 28, 2009 10:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Nas has addressed recent reports of being offered a position as Def Jam Records president and explained why he would consider taking up the job Jay-Z once held.

According to Nasty Nas, he believes the label could be making stronger moves for hip-hop.

"Yes and no," Nas said about being offered the presidency. "I don't know what's in store for the future. I'm happy to do whatever makes sense. I would love to add on and help hip-hop, I feel Def Jam is a great label for hip-hop music but I feel they could be doing a lot more for hip-hop, that's what it's about. Obviously people they have, have their own agendas and own direction and I respect that too. I think I can add on but I don't know, at this point and time, I'm just taking it day-by-day, I'm not getting too caught up into all of that." (PunchBowl)

Jay-Z held the presidency at Def Jam until he stepped down in 2007.

Three years ago, Jay-Z signed an incentive-based contract to take over the storied hip-hop label, and in 2006, he returned from "retirement" to put out a new album, Kingdom Come. The project was met with mixed reviews but was best known for the controversies that surrounded it. Several artists who were signed to Def Jam voiced their displeasure that the president of the company was busy promoting and supporting his own album rather than helping to market works by other acts on the label. (MTV)

During his heated rap beef with Rick Ross over the winter, 50 Cent also hinted at taking on a position as Def Jam president.

"When I run Def Jam I'm going to get rid of all of them," Fif told radio personality Angie Martinez last February. "Khaled, all of them...they're going baby...I don't think that's a bad idea if I have to go to get rid of Khaled and a few other artist over there that I really don't like." (Hot 97)

KRS-One recently dished on his issues with Def Jam's legacy in hip-hop.

"Def Jam is the dopest label in hip-hop, in the culture of hip-hop," he explained in an interview. "There really would be no hip-hop as we know it today if it wasn't for Def Jam. But you don't get that respect without also being the label that single-handedly destroyed hip-hop...Every time you think of what's wrong with hip-hop, the lyrics, the commercialized music, one artist being played on the radio all day, things like that, that's all Def Jam...We respect it. It's a respect cause we all competing, so Def Jam had the hardest competition, but the hardest competition as I showed the respect, I also showed the truth. And the truth is everybody else had to sit down so Def Jam could be who they are." (XXL Mag)

Check out Nas' interview below:

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