Dead Prez Snub Jay-Z: Not Signing To Roc Nation
Who in their right mind would say no to the hottest emcee in the game right now? Evidently, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dead Prez[/lastfm] feels okay doing exactly that, shooting down rumors of a move to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm]‘s label Roc Nation.
The rumors have been floating around the Internet that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dead Prez[/lastfm], one of the most respected groups in all of hip-hop, might be setting up shop with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and his label and management firm, Roc Nation. However, with respect to Hova, a member of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dead Prez[/lastfm] came out and told an interviewer that the duo will be staying independent.
“We respect Jay, but we are not signing to Roc Nation,” M-1, one-half of the duo 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.”
It all sounds good, right? But why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
“I believe that we can take advantage of working with artists like Jay and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay Electronica[/lastfm] without giving up our rights to being whoever we want to be independently–which is really important to us right now,” M-1 said.
So which [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm] will we see in response? The easy-going one…
…or the one with a newly-found chip on his shoulder?