Dipset’s Juelz Santana recently discussed his relationship wtih R&B singer Chris Brown and how much Def Jam wanted him to ditch one of their collaborations in light of his domestic dispute with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
According to Santana, former Island Def Jam Music CEO L.A. Reid did not co-sign their “Back to the Crib” 2009 anthem.
“One thing L.A. Reid did though — I am definitely gonna put that out there, he dropped the ball on my ‘Back to the Crib’ record,” Santana told “RapFix Live” when he stopped by the show on Wednesday. In 2009, Juelz tapped Breezy to guest on his Polow da Don-produced single “Back to the Crib.” It was a difficult time for Chris, who was feeling major blacklash following his assault on Rihanna earlier that year. Though the record captured a lot of the magic that Elz and Breezy exhibited on their first collab (2005’s “Run It!”), according to Juelz, Def Jam was looking to protect their star artist Rihanna. (MTV)
He also said the music powerhouse wanted him to switch Breezy with another R&B star.
Reid, who was then the chairman of Def Jam, suggested that Santana pick a new collaborator. “They asked me to take Chris Brown off and put Trey Songz on the song,” he revealed. “I’m like, ‘I can’t do that. Chris is my homey.’ “[Reid] definitely did that through issues that had to do with Rihanna and Chris Brown and the label situation,” Juelz continued. “It was weird because I told him that was the move I was makin’ before I made it.” (MTV)
Back in September 2009, Juelz stepped forward to defend their collaboration.
“Record just got leaked out, me and Chris Brown, it’s called ‘Back To The Crib,’ produced by my man Polow Da Don, it’s crazy,” Santana said in an interview. “Never, never [did I feel awkward], for what? After he got into a personal thing that’s his business? You don’t kick a man when he’s down. You don’t look down on a person unless you’re trying to lift ‘em up. I remember when they wasn’t playing the ‘Runnin” song and Chris first came to me and said ‘I wanna get a rapper on it’ and once I got on it, they started playing the record. So at the end of the day, I feel like me and him made magic together, it was time for us to make magic together again. I got the right track from Polow, I heard him on it before I even got him on it, so I reached out to my dude, I didn’t care about no situation, you live and you learn because he’s young. I told him that from an older dude [perspective,] long as you learn from your situation, life is a road of learning experiences. Long as you learn from what you do, it is what it is.” (The Life Files)
Santana previously vouched for Breezy when rumors claiming Jay-Z blocked the singer’s BET Awards 2009 performance landed online months prior.
“i take nothin away from Jay-Z,” he previously wrote on Twitter. “i dont wanna sound like a Hater but his swagger was on Zero yesterday. & i just heard thru the grape vine that Jay-Z said he would not Perform if Chris Brown was gonna perform.. SMH Sucker Move I woulda rather seen Chris Brown come out & do his tribute to [Michael Jackson]. It woulda been the 1st time he Performed since ? I know he woulda Killed it. ok Tweople. Yall do the Math. MJ just died the show as a Tribute to MJ. so not only does he say he down want chris to perform & do what would of been probably the best MJ tribute, but he coulda atleast did H-to tha IZOO cuz it has the MJ beat and Put MJ’s name in it.” (Juelz Santana’s Twitter)
Check out “Back to the Crib”: