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LL Cool J Opens Up About Jay-Z's Role As Def Jam Prez
Contributed by: Allen Starbury
Source: ballerstatus.com
Posted on: November 9, 2007 06:43 MST
Filed under: Rap, Pop

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It's no secret there has been tension between veteran Def Jam artist LL Cool J and label Prez Jay-Z since his induction into the position, but what's the extent of the problem?

In a recent interview with MTV's Tim Kash, Ladies Love Cool J explains what frustrates him about having Jay-Z run Def Jam, but to clarify things, he's not against Jay-Z he says.

"What people have to understand with me and Jay-Z is I'm not anti-Jay-Z, I'm pro-LL," he tells MTV.

According to LL, he's never had a problem with Jay-Z until he became his boss, and questions his abilities to hold that position.

"I just don't feel like he had the necessary experience to do that job," LL says. "I don't know any other record company that he worked for where he learned how to run this business.

"This is a label that started in 1984 and you just can't give somebody a job because you want to attract talent and look sexy... because there are artists that suffer," he continued.

While LL continued to point out reasons why Jay is not the best choice for the executive decision, he did say at the beginning, he was very open-minded about it.

"I was completely supportive," reveals LL. "I would be completely supportive because you never know what a man knows and you never underestimate people and you never assume it's gonna be a bad move, so you embrace it with open arms."

But, despite his optimistic outlook in the beginning, things didn't pan out the way he felt it should and today, there isn't any open communication with Hov.

"I haven't spoken to him in a long time, it's unfortunate," said the rapper. "The bottom line is -- you gotta do your job man. And if you don't know how to do your job then maybe Universal needs to pay you the money you deserve as an artist and give somebody who really knows the job, the job."

In the meantime, LL continues to work on his next album, but brought up Jay-Z's recently released American Gangster album and how it took precedence over everyone else.

"Let's take this soundtrack for instance; shouldn't there be other Def Jam artists on this soundtrack? Shouldn't this be the big Def Jam project with Def Jam artists involved," he asked. "Nas has a record, (another Def Jam artist) has a record. You have LL working on an album for a year and then you have the president putting out his album in the middle of the schedule. I mean... really look at what's going on."

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