News: Wale Breaks Down Roc Nation Deal, "Myself, J. Cole & Melanie Fiona Are Carrying The Flag" [Audio]

Monday, Oct 26, 2009 12:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap newcomer Wale recently clarified his role in Jay-Z's Roc Nation and described how being under the rap mogul's wing offers a "family" setting.

The Washington, DC-based emcee spoke on Roc Nation associates including singer Melanie Fiona and rapper J. Cole.

"Roc Nation is a family so myself, Melanie Fiona, J. Cole -- it's a lot of these new young faces that you'll probably hear a lot more about in 2010 but myself, J.Cole & Melanie Fiona are carrying the flag as far as Roc Nation goes," Wale explained in an interview. "Some of us signed management [deals], some of us signed label [deals] through Columbia I believe. So it's a family, we talk all the time -- it's a family environment. This whole tour has been a family environment...I make what some people believe to be very good music -- and you can never let the hate stop you. I make good music and I make music for the soul." ("On The Air Idiots")

Wale's manager, Dan Weisman, previously explained how Wale is signed to producer Mark Ronson but has agreed to co-management by Roc Nation.

"[It] just sort of happened organically," Weisman said of the new partnership. "Wale went on tour with Jay-Z last summer and got to know the Roc Nation people -- [he] went on tour with Mark Ronson, who was opening for Jay-Z in the U.K. Got to know [Jay] and it just seemed like a good move for him to do that." (XXL Mag)

State Property's Young Chris recently discussed the possibility of signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint.

"Paper work is everything, so due to the split up with Def Jam, it's taken longer for the deal to happen," Chris said in an interview about their third group project. "Right now we have a deal on the table and it's a toss up between Roc Nation and Interscope...Wherever I go Jay-Z and Mark Ronson are executive producing it together. So that's a great balance." (VIBE)

Jay spoke about the details of his Roc Nation set-up in an interview over the 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)

Check out Wale speaking on Roc Nation below:

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