Former Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti is still hot over Def Jam not having a president in place and explained why the iconic label is hurting its name by leaving the position unoccupied.
While initially hesistant to speak on the matter, Gotti detailed his issues with Def Jam.
“Def Jam ain’t f*cking with me, I’m too much of a n*gga,” Gotti said in an interview. “Yeah. [laughs] As quoted. I mean, Def Jam, I shouldn’t even comment on it because it gets me angry because there hasn’t been a president since [Jay-Z], really. It’s a terrible thing because it’s so important to the culture and it’s like they’re just letting it go away, they ain’t paying any attention to it. I’m from Hollis, Queens so Def Jam was my inspiration to have Murder Inc. and just for them to not have no one being president there, even after we hoot and hollered, I wanted it so bad, not even for the money or nothing. I just love the culture and Def Jam is the light of the culture. So to have no one there, the powers that be don’t care. They don’t care about my culture. I don’t want to talk about it. Please retract the n*gga statement.” (The Source)
Last November, Def Jam’s Jadakiss co-signed Gotti’s stance.
“He said a lot of stuff that doesn’t get said. He was able to [vent] without hating on the record labels or channeling any hate,” Kiss said in an interivew. “Everything he said — me being on the inside looking out and him being on the inside looking out but now on the outside looking in — I think he nailed every point. I think everything he said was excellent, and almost everything was true. … Def Jam and every other label, it ain’t that they’re bad record labels; it’s just sometimes they don’t understand the artists that they have — It’s hard for somebody … when you not coming where I’m from every day. … You live a whole totally different life than me, but you telling me this ain’t the record. That ain’t really what’s up, and that sometimes happens. It doesn’t always happen, but sometimes that’s what happens, and that be the conflict of interest.” (MTV)
In October, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons said Gotti is one of the few music executives he could see running the label.
The business mogul and co-founder of the historic hip-hop label told XXLMag.com that he thinks the Murder Inc founder would be one of three candidates fit for the job. “I like Irv,” Simmons said. “I’d co-sign him. I like a lot of people lobbying. I like Irv, I like [DJ] Khaled. I’d co-sign [Violator Management President] Chris Lighty. These three people, I’d co-sign any of them in a second.” Gotti hasn’t been shy about throwing his name in the mix for the job, persistently mentioning that he would be the right man for the gig over the last few months. (XXL Mag)
A few days prior to Simmons’ remarks, Def Jam’s newly appointed Executive Vice President No I.D. weighed in on Gotti’s desired goal.
“I know where he’s coming from. Everybody got an opinion about it. I’m just there to do my job, to be honest,” No I.D. said in an interview. “He’s just strongly stating his opinion, and there are some facts in it and there are other parts to this business that have to do with how things be the way they are…I can’t say [if he’s the man for the job]. That’s what I mean by I won’t get into whether he can or can’t because who’s to say who can and can’t? It would be cool to have somebody in that position, but me, I’ma just stay in my position and do the best that I can do for music in general.” (WGCI)
Check out Irv Gotti’s interview below: