News: Hi-Tek Blasts Record Label Over Poor Album Sales, "Perfect Example Of People Not Knowing What This Music Sh*t Is About"

Monday, Nov 30, 2009 5:40PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Producer Hi-Tek recently explained why he blames independent label Babygrande for the low sales his last two compilation albums received.

According to Tek, the label was more focused on profits than reaching his audience.

"Most definitely not," Tek said about dropping Hi-Teknology IV through Babygrande. "That's just a perfect example of people not knowing what this music sh*t is about and who are in it just to make money. Hi-Teknology 2 was a prime example of a classic album, which just went down the drain as no one heard it. That's not my fault; that is the label's job to make sure people heard it. I get out and do every interview and all the press, but it was more a case of when they recouped, they were cool with that and it went no further. I had nine Interscope artists on that album and the only reason I got that was because of my relationship with [Dr.] Dre and Interscope. A lot of people wouldn't be able to get that, so why not capitalize off that relationship? That was a dope album and Hi-Teknology 3 was just a case of getting the album done and fulfilling my contract. There were classics on [volume 2] waiting in the can to be released; it was a great independent album." (Hip Hop DX)

Fat Joe recently blamed EMI Music for delaying his J.O.S.E. Part II album last month.

"I'm the king of not pointing fingers," Joe said in an interview. "I feel you gotta be a man whether you win or lose. I hate people who have bumpy starts or not the success they used to, and start pointing fingers at the record label. I take it on the chin. I'm a stand-up guy. I had conflicts with the record label -- let's not say the workers, the staff, they good people, but the guys up top. We had it out a few times with this project right here." (MTV)

New York's DJ Kay Slay spoke on the status of Papoose's debut album and said record label conflicts has forced the project to not be released.

"You're all going to hear something next year," Slay promised in an interview. "We have way more than enough songs; we just haven't found the right situation. We thought we had the right situation, but there were stupid motherf*ckas in positions that didn't know how to work with an artist like that -- so there [were] creative control conflicts, because I was like, 'We ain't doing that! This ain't why y'all brought us up here.' You see, that's what happens: When they get you, then you have some other n*ggas with some big-brained scheme, and then I'll ask a motherf*cker, 'When is the last time you been to Brooklyn? What record is Papoose most known for? Where's he performing at this week?' They don't know nothing about him, but they have all these d*ckhead ideas... And that's the reason why sh*t wasn't working." (iHipHop)

Juelz Santana recently said emcees should stop blaming record labels and place their careers into their own hands.

"I've just been paying attention to the game, watching the changes, watching the things that are going on," Santana explained in an interview. "The Internet, I think is a beautiful thing. But like I tell people, life is a negative and a positive in itself and everything has a negative and a positive so just as much as we get to use it for free promotion -- sometimes it comes out negative, ya dig, but you got to take everything as it comes. I definitely feel the believing is not there no more, it definitely turned into a single game. People not really putting the work ethic in. It's like a lot of people want the first week results of a million records but it takes a lot to get that and it's not just dropping one single, you got to beat these people up for a minute, you gotta show 'em who you are. You know, show 'em that energy, they wanna feel you as a person." ("The Round Table Show")

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