News: Mobb Deep Decode Red Deal, "The Object Of The Game Is To Control Your Own Business"
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 10:00PM
Mobb Deep's Prodigy and Havoc have stepped up to provide clarification on their new record deal with Sony distributor, RED.
According to the rap veterans, they will have full control of their music.
"The way we structured it is as a distribution deal basically, so we run our own label, Infamous, and we gotta do the daily ins and outs of everything. We gotta handle allthe record company business and they get it in the stores for us, basically," Prodigy told MTV News backstage at Rock the Bells in New York City on Saturday. "It's been a long time coming," Havoc added. "We've been in the game for a minute and the object of the game is to control your own business." (MTV)
Last week, the duo issued a statement revealing their new post-Interscope/G-Unit Records deal.
"After almost 20 years in this industry, it was inevitable for us to take matters into our own hands. We feel that RED is the perfect home for our brand," Prodigy said in a press release. "We know who our fans are and what they want from Mobb Deep. We're excited to take a new step in our career," Havoc added. President of RED Distribution Bob Morelli offered his support of the newly inked group and label. "Mobb Deep is an iconic act, having been on the cutting edge of music and social commentary for years. We are happy and excited to distribute the next chapter in their musical career." (Press Release)
A couple weeks ago, Prodigy said his aim was to put out a new LP in the next few months.
"We'll be dropping the single for the [new] album soon," P said in an interview with Bootleg Kev. "That's the only thing we're focusing on right now, the Mobb Deep album -- it'll be [available] before the new year. We ain't letting nothing out the bag [with features] - just know, it's that hard sh*t...[Alchemist], Havoc, the home team, you know? Mobb Deep, you know how we always do it." (Bootleg Kev)
Recently, Hav hit up SOHH to discuss how the LP could be released.
"I'm all about getting into any situation that makes money, you understand what I'm saying," Hav told SOHH when asked if Mobb Deep is headed indie. "So I wouldn't just be like, 'Oh no, indie is this and major is that.' You can sign to an indie and it could wind up being structured like a major deal and you won't make any money, any way. Artists beware. People are quick to say, 'Oh yeah, I'm doing indie.' If the deal's not structured right, it could get structured just like a major and you won't see no f*cking bread. I'm into getting into anything that makes money." (SOHH)
Check out a recent Prodigy interview down below: