that's the word on the streets, looks like we may be seeing more cuts like this in the future below
kudos to dpz!
Jay-Z's Roc Nation No Place For Dead Prez
Jay-Z is steady building his Roc Nation empire with recent additions of Jay Electronica and 10 year-old "Whip Your Hair" hitmaker Willow Smith, but rap veterans Dead Prez do not plan on being citizens of Hov's nation. Clearing up speculation that Dead Prez were set to sign to Roc Nation, group member M-1 addressed the rumors.
"We respect Jay, but we are not signing to Roc Nation," M-1 said in an interview. "I'm a fan of what Roc Nation has been doing. I'm a fan of Jay-Z's music and more than that I'm a fan of his mind...the way that he has positioned himself to make great moves in this business. I'm not one to think that our independence can be usurped by this great hype and potentially great machine that Jay is putting together...Just from watching that situation I see that [Roc Nation] are building themselves to be a formidable opponent to the Young Money's and other labels. But I believe that we can take advantage of working with artists like Jay and Jay Electronica without giving up our rights to being whoever we want to be independently--which is really important to us right now." (VIBE)
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