Knight sat down with Arsenio and addressed his pet peeves with record labels, contracts and the business side of the music industry.
“If you look at Interscope, the two guys from Compton – Game, Kendrick Lamar – got two of the worse deals in the industry,” says the former Death Row Records leader. “The deals are still messed up. I think it’s unfair.”
“And when you look at it, it’s not so much the production company fault,” states Knight “but what people don’t realize is that if you’re on Universal, it’s the ship. Then Interscope get they cut, then Aftermath get they cut, then G-Unit get they cut. Then the guy who really has Game signed (another production company), then it goes to Game. The reality is there’s more slavery now than ever.”
“Not quite slavery,” interjected Hall.
“When you was a slave, you knew it was bad,” to which Knight responded. “When you was a slave, you was like, ‘S**t, it’s bad.’ But it’s worse when somebody make you be a celebrity and put you on a status and you thanking a person for stabbing you in the back.”
The Black Kapital Records CEO also explained the viral video of him punching a man outside a weed dispensary.
“When I get to the door, they buzz me in. They’re happy to see me,” clarified Knight. “This guy pops in and tells me [expletive] if people don’t have they papers right they can get killed in this [expletive].”
Then the security guard told the music executive his name was Zimmerman.
“That threw my mood off,” is all Knight would say about the incident. Leaving us to draw our own conclusions.
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