Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J recently spoke on what plans he has for the next five years and why he sees himself being bigger than just a hip-hop veteran on a label’s roster.
If things go his way, Juicy will land a prominent position at a major label like Columbia Records.
“I’m hoping that Columbia makes me CEO of their record label. I hope. I’m just joking but that’s what I want to do. A lot of people ask me what I want to do in the next five years, the next ten years and I’m like, “My goal is to be CEO of a major label.” That’s what I wanna do. Like L.A. Reid or Barry Weiss, I want to follow in the footsteps of those guys.” (XXL Mag)
The Juice Man also acknowledged the opportunity would not necessarily happen overnight.
“It takes time. You gotta build your way up to be a CEO of major label. You can’t just walk in there. They are just gonna let anybody in there. I’m looking for new talent. We just see what happens when I feel like that I get to that point where I want to sit down and have that conversation with these major labels I’ll do it. Right now, I feel like I’m still grinding. Maybe in a year, I’ll probably do it.” (XXL Mag)
Last year, former Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti publicly campaigned for a top-ranking position at Def Jam.
“It caused a buzz, and I want people to know I didn’t start the whole ‘Irv Gotti for president’ thing; the people did,” the former Def Jam A&R told MTV News as he walked the red carpet at the reopening of Jay-Z‘s 40/40 Club in Manhattan last week. “It was a crazy thing, and it was all good.” It doesn’t seem like Def Jam brass will put Irv in the big chair, but Gotti is appreciative of the support he has gotten from the hip-hop community. “Everybody was riding. It was a lot of love,” he said last week. “Everybody felt what I was saying and was riding.” (MTV)
This week, Juicy’s Stay Trippy managed to land in the Top 5 on the sales chart.
The G.O.O.D. Music MC’s sophomore album Hall of Fame enters at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 72,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales were less than his 2011 debut Finally Famous, which opened at No. 3 with 87,000. Juicy J takes it from the strip clubs to the charts with Stay Trippy. The album, which features the hit “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” comes in at No. 4 with 64,000, marking his best sales week and highest-charting album. The Three 6 Mafia member’s previous best was 2002?s Chronicles of the Juice Man: Underground Album, which peaked at No. 93. (Rap-Up)