New York City radio personality Funkmaster Flex announced his decision last night (April 21) to stop playing records from Interscope which is the recording home to The Game, Eminem, Dr. Dre and more.
While keeping details to a minimum, Flex hinted at an issue happening behind the scenes being the reason for his decision.
“Let me tell you something Nino, New York I’m talking to a person who makes decisions, who does things up there moving funny style,” Flex said on his radio show about an Interscope employee. “Interscope Records, nothin’ is spinning…50, from what I hear, your deal is up at Interscope, we got you. I’d walk out that building after that…That Eminem album is coming Interscope, I take pride in how I’m gonna do this movement…Unfortunately, we’re not gonna be able to play those Eminem and Dr. Dre records and I’m so sorry this is the way this has to go down with this guy’s album coming. I want us all to be friends, but Nino is not a friend of ours. I will go on with this, Nino, you got 24 hours to fix yourself or this goes some place else, tomorrow…Nino is the only one I’m letting off today, tomorrow I’m teeing off on the whole team.” (Hot 97)
Interscope is home to a large group of urban entertainers.
Artists on the label include Black Eyed Peas, Cashis, Mary J. Blige, Common, D12, Sean Garrett, Charles Hamilton, Keri Hilson, Jibbs, Rock City, Rich Boy, The Knux, Wale, Yung LA, Pharrell Williams and more. (Interscope)
Flex is known to make stances against artists and labels including Remy Ma in 2007.
“Remy’s a talented young rapper and I know she’s passionate, she wants to make the music and the records,” Flex said in a broadcast. “But sometimes there’s not always somebody to blame when you don’t sell. Sometimes people don’t want you. Stop blaming Fat Joe for your situation. Nothing stops you from putting your record on CD and burning it and giving it to every deejay, if you’re hot you’re gonna get felt if you’re not, you’re not. There’s nobody to blame.” (Def Sounds)
The popular deejay has been in the music industry for nearly two decades.
Throughout the 1990s he reigned over New York’s mammoth rap scene, capable of making or breaking artists with his high-profile position at the top-rated radio station in America’s top radio market, Hot 97. By the mid-’90s, he was also the weekly DJ at one of New York’s top clubs, the Tunnel, and also had his radio show broadcasting on Los Angeles’ Power 106, America’s second largest radio market. (All Music)
Check out Flex’s rant on Interscope below: