Jay-Z Talks Credit For Kanye, Ne-Yo & Rihanna

Jay-Z Talks Credit For Kanye, Ne-Yo & Rihanna

    Jay-Z will cover the new XXL Magazine and in the interview for the issue, Jigga discussed not getting credit for signing Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Young Jeezy. "Let’s first clear this thing about Dame and Kanye and all of us," Jay starts. "We all had a conversation about Kanye and whether to sign him. No one knew what would become of Kanye. Not Dame, not me not Biggs. So we all sat down and said, "Let’s at least sign so we can keep the tracks in-house. It’s only good business."

     Jay defended himself. "I wasn’t saying don’t sign Kanye, I was saying, at least keep the beats in-house, if anything." Hov says he should get more credit for Kanye. "If anything, I should be credited for wanting to sign him for his tracks. So even if Dame did sign him, he was gone at that time." Jigga even goes on to say he should get more credit for other artists. "They were gonna drop Ne-Yo…So there’s no Ne-Yo if I’m not there."  Hov says he should get some Rihanna credit too… "Rihanna, there’s just no getting around that. So in three years, I’ve worked on Kanye, Ne-Yo and Rihanna. I don’t even wanna talk about the Fab record that was mine."

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    Jay-Z will cover the new XXL Magazine and in the interview for the issue, Jigga discussed not getting credit for signing Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Young Jeezy. "Let’s first clear this thing about Dame and Kanye and all of us," Jay
starts. "We all had a conversation about Kanye and whether to sign him.
No one knew what would become of Kanye. Not Dame, not me not Biggs. So
we all sat down and said, "Let’s at least sign so we can keep the
tracks in-house. It’s only good business."

     Jay defended himself. "I wasn’t saying don’t sign Kanye, I was saying, at least keep the beats in-house, if anything." Hov says he should get more credit for Kanye. "If anything, I should be credited for wanting to sign him for his tracks. So even if Dame did sign him, he was gone at that time." Jigga even goes on to say he should get more credit for other artists. "They were gonna drop Ne-Yo…So there’s no Ne-Yo if I’m not there."  Hov says he should get some Rihanna credit too… "Rihanna, there’s just no getting around that. So in three years, I’ve worked on Kanye, Ne-Yo and Rihanna. I don’t even wanna talk about the Fab record that was mine."

Full Excerpts

Jay-Z on not receiving credit for Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Rihanna & Young Jeezy..

Let’s first clear this thing about Dame and Kanye and all of us. We all had a conversation about Kanye and whether to sign him. No one knew what would become of Kanye. Not Dame, not me not Biggs. So we all sat down and said, “Let’s at least sign so we can keep the tracks in-house. It’s only good business.” And Dame said, “We can put Beans and Cam, surround him and make this type of album.” I wasn’t saying don’t sign Kanye, I was saying, at least keep the beats in-house, if anything. I don know. Maybe, maybe not. Let’s keep him here. Dame came up with the idea of surrounding him with Roc-A-Fella artists on his album, which never came out, ’cause when the album came in, everyone was like, “Oh this is good.” He stood on his own. If anything, I should be credited for wanting to sign him for his tracks. So even if Dame did sign him, he was gone at that time. I engineered those album. In my years there, even if Tina Davis signed Ne-Yo, she was gone. They were gonna drop Ne-Yo until Ty-Ty [Tyran Smith; former Def Jam VP of A&R] put his hand up and said, “I’ll do that project”.” So there’s no Ne-Yo if I’m not there. I scrapped on of his videos that no one knows about, pulled Hype Williams, pulled June Ambrose, my stylist, made the “So Sick” video, and he’s outta here. Rihanna, there’s just no getting around that. So in three years, I’ve worked on Kanye, Ne-Yo and Rihanna. I don’t even wanna talk about the Fab record that was mine ["Money Goes, Honey Stay (When The Money Goes Remix)" off Fab's latest LP, "Loso's Way], Jeezy doing “Go Crazy (Remix)” in my office. It doesn’t even make sense to [list] like that, cause it’s childish.

Jay-Z on the business mindset of Dame Dash…..

I don’t want people to take this wrong, but if that’s my opinion. that’s my opinion. Dame is good at starting something. I don’t know if he gets in his own way at a certain point. You know, the fights you had coming up aren’t the same fights when you’re on a different level. What would happen is, a lot of times, I would have to go fix. You know, it was time-consuming, going back and just doing three meetings, when we could have had one. Nothing got accomplished, because everyone was screaming at each other. It got to a point…..John Meneilly (Jay’s manager) is not even the same type of thing.

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