News: Young Chris On Not Joining Roc Nation, "[Jay-Z] Couldn't Take None Of Us With Him" [Video]
Monday, Sep 14, 2009 12:30PM
State Property's Young Chris recently spoke on his relationship with Jay-Z and why Def Jam contractual restrictions have prevented him from signing to Hov's Roc Nation imprint.
While not being able to officially join forces with Jay, Chris said his former Roc-A-Fella boss still keeps in contact with him.
"That's my man, that's my man," Chris said in an interview. "I spoke with Jay the other day, not on the phone, over e-mail. It was in his contract when he left the label Def Jam, he couldn't take none of us with him, no artists with him, so that explains why I'm not signed to Roc Nation right now. But that's my man. When we see each other, we might talk about the music sh*t, but at the end of the day he's asking about the boys, how the fam, how the people's doing back in the city. What's up with him, what's up with that. I'm asking him for direction. We always been [good] -- same relationship as before." (Culture VI)
Jay spoke about the details of his Roc Nation set-up in an interview earlier this summer.
"Sony is Roc Nation," Jay said in an interview. "That's where Roc Nation's going through. [With Atlantic,] that's pretty much just for this specific album. Roc Nation -- we're experts in marketing and making records. But we do distribution deals. On this one, we're working directly with Atlantic staff, which is Julie [Greenwald], Lyor [Cohen], Kevin [Liles] and [Mike] Kyser. For the rest of the Roc Nation artists, we did a distribution deal with Sony...You have to figure, this is like four years ago [when I approached Def Jam with the same deal idea] and to them it was just like, 'Are you crazy? No! Make a song!' To me it was like, I've sold companies for huge amounts of money. I'm an entrepreneur -- that's what I've been all my life. I can't just sit here and make records and not do anything else. Why wouldn't you want to do this with me? I felt under-utilized." (Billboard)
Jay-Z protege Memphis Bleek recently branched out for his own record label imprint and tagged the rap mogul to oversee his upcoming album, The Process.
New York-based recording artist and Jay-Z's protege Memphis Bleek is scheduled to release his fifth studio album titled The Process on November 24, 2009. The album, executive produced by Jay-Z, will feature production from Just Blaze and No I.D with special appearances by Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Pharrell and more! The album will be released on Boston-based label Mass Appeal Entertainment in a joint venture with Bleek's own imprint, Get Low Records. (Press Release)
Chris recently spoke on Jay-Z's rap career and promised the hip-hop mogul had no intention of putting down the microphone any time soon.
"The influence he had on me is substantial," Chris said in an interview. "That man is just the best that ever did it. He's just inspiration and motivation just to see how he work today. The wealth he at, just lets me know I have to stay at it. It's a grind, got a long way to go man. That man's a multi-millionaire and still goes in. Business. [He'll continue rapping] 'til he drop. Jay got it man, he can do whatever he want man. He runs this town. He's still got it. He's still got it man, that's my boy. You know what it is, he's the best at it. So the expectations are set high, sometimes you're set up for failure 'cause people are expecting the best. Then they compare it to the old Jay...He's seen more, he's experienced culture. People stuck in time 'cause they don't go nowhere." (Rugah TV)
Check out Young Chris' interview below: