[After building a historic legacy at Def Jam Records, veteran Redman talks to SOHH about his stance toward the iconic label as he prepares the release of his “Mud Face” album.]
The only thing I can say about Def Jam is they’ve been a great family to me. I’m part of the original Def Jam family, too.
I got signed when I was on Elizabeth Avenue, on Varick Street. I’m from that area. Well, put it this way, when Def Jam first went into a building, I got signed there.
I moved with Def Jam when they moved to Varick and onto the big offices in midtown Manhattan.
It will never be any bad blood between me and them. I was there when Russell [Simmons] was in the chair. I came from that family.
I would say Def Jam is like the mechanics of hip-hop. They were the label that was willing to get under the car to fix the car and see how it was ran.
That’s how they treat the artist.
They were the label that everyone wanted to be like. That was my whole thing with them. I never had a beef with them.
Now people look at them like, “Eh, I could beat Def Jam. My little indie label can beat Def Jam.”
No one is really paying them no mind as those guys no more.
It will never be no bad blood between them. They molded who I am, I’m from the original family, I’m sure anything I need, if I was in dire need, they would come through with me. Like, “I need to get back on Def Jam to pay these bills.”
I’m sure they would come through. But it’s just fun being independent now and using the knowledge that they taught me as far as dealing with people like Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen’s.
I had some good tutoring and I don’t regret one day I was with them.
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