*It was only a matter of time that Gucci Mane‘s mouth wrote a check his butt couldn’t cash.
Actually it was his fingers typing out crazy tweets about sleeping with Nicki Minaj, Fantasia, Ciara, Monica and other female celebrities as opposed to his mouth.
Either way it earned him a one way ticket OFF Atlantic Records.
“He’s not with Atlantic anymore,” an anonymous former rep tells FADER exclusively over email. Atlantic has kept Gucci on a long leash since inheriting his 1017 Brick Squad imprint from Warner last year. In June, Gucci told FADER: “I’m basically an independent label with 1017 Brick Squad. I handle all my day to day business. The entire Trap House 3 album—I paid for every beat on that CD. I paid for every mix session, every mastering session. All the promotion, all the videos, any kind of promotional visual or any servicing of records it was funded by me and my company independently.” It’s not clear when, or on what terms the partnership between Gucci and Atlantic was terminated. “Not sure how the deal ended, it may have been a time thing,” says the rep.
Also, it’s worth noting that Gucci Mane’s manager, Kevin “Coach K” Lee, has also stepped away from him. They’d been working together since 2010, but it looks like the Gucci Mane has become too toxic to handle; he’s straight up bad for business.
“It looks like it just wasn’t working out with Coach—which based on the tweets and his behavior, one could see why,” the former rep told FADER.
*Wiz Khalifa’s Atlantic record label released a video teaser for the rapper’s forthcoming sneaker line with athletic wear company Converse. [Scroll down to watch.]
The partnership, which the company has branded the Wiz Khalifa Collection By Converse, should not come as a surprise to diehards of the Pittsburgh artist. He sports Converse’s classic and simple Chuck Taylor sneakers both on and off the stage.
As the YouTube clip below teases to the tune of his “Work Hard, Play Hard,” Khalifa’s Converse line will be available for sale Aug. 23 through Foot Locker.
After taking a little time off to relax with his wife and newborn son, he’s back on the road touring and is recording his third solo album, “Blacc Hollywood,” which is set to come out this fall.
*T.I. is the ‘Rubberband Man’ and knows how to answer questions without actually answering them.
In an interview with The Urban Daily, the rapper/actor (sort of) addressed the rumors about a possible new $75 million deal and a split with Atlantic Records.
“Hey look man I see all that sh-t man,” he said. “I respect my present partners at Atlantic records and had there ever been a separation between them and myself I would respect my new partners in such a way that I’m not gonna sensationalize anything.”
Ok, respect T.I. But seriously, what’s going on?
He’s been faithful to Atlantic for some time, so it could be that time to move on. However he’s not letting up, at least he says he doesn’t want to.
“I’d love to stay where I am. It’d have to be shown that the feeling is mutual and the way you do that is on paper with commitment to dollars.”
“From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of A&R at Atlantic Records I am. Let’s Get It! #itstha world,” the rapper tweeted before following with: “Corporate thuggin to the max!”
“from the trap to the world to grammy nominations to the boardroom my n—a @YoungJeezy,” his right hand DJ Folk tweeted shortly after.
Jeezy’s most recent LP “TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition,” is now certified gold, having already yielded a number of singles including the Ne-Yo-assisted “Leave You Alone.”
Jeezy also fronts his CTE World (Corporate Thugz Entertainment) label, which features such up and coming MCs as Freddie Gibbs, Tone Trump and Boo Rossini. What this latest move means for Jeezy’s CTE artists is indefinite at this point. It is also unclear how the move may affect Young’s career as a solo artist, he is currently signed to Def Jam Records.
*Meet Donny B. Lord, a blazing new pop artist with a fascinating connection to the Jackson family. Donny was performing at a young age, was discovered by Jackie Jackson’s talent scout who quickly brought him to the attention of Jackie himself. Getting a historical opportunity to be escorted into the Jackson estate, Donny got the chance to perform for Jackie himself. After being blown away by his performance, Jackie called in Jermaine and asked Donny for an encore. Jackie and Jermaine both concluded that Donny was a one in a million talent, and even called him “Little Michael.”
Donny spent a lot of time around Jackie, and even had the opportunity to sit it on numerous Jackson studio sessions. Watching the late great Michael Jackson, widely considered the greatest entertainer of all time put together a song taught Donny a lesson he could not learn from anyone else. Donny watched on the legendary Jacksons wrote songs, put together melodies and so on. Even getting a piece of advice from Michael, Donny will never forget being told by the king of pop himself to “never take shortcuts” when writing a song.
According to Jackie Jackson, ”Donny B. Lord incredibly possesses the same precision, execution and command-of-the-stage that have been the signature of the Jackson5! He is not only an impressive artist, whom I envision achieving the fame and popularity parallel to other mainstream male Pop acts such as Justin Timberlake, Akon, and Usher, to name a few. He has lived and traveled the world, experiencing and embracing many different cultures, making him an artist of universal appeal, and for achieving international super stardom.”
Donny is currently working his new single, “Party to the Moon” which is currently being released to commercial mainstream radio and is available for Mainstream Terrestrial Radio and Satellite Radio through Howard Rosen Promotion.
“Party on the Moon” was mixed by the legendary mixer Skip Saylor (Eminem, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, etc) and assistant engineer Ian Blanch.
The music video for “Party on the Moon” was directed by Yolande Geralds, the former Vice President of Video Production at Atlantic Records, who has also directed music videos for recording artists Trey Songz, Plies, Omarion, Teairra Mari, Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane, etc. The video, which is scheduled to release shortly features Tiffany Belle whom was recently featured in Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” Music Video, Akon’s Models Raquel Lee and Pretty Rikki, along with Star Brown.
Check out Donny B. Lord’s “Party On the Moon” song below:
*Lupe Fiasco’s new album “Lasers” has knocked Adele’s “21” out of the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 204,000 units in its debut week – the highest first week total of Lupe’s career..
Fiasco’s third album, ironically, isn’t exactly his favorite – mostly because of the drama surrounding its recording and the behavior of his label Atlantic Records.
Last fall it appeared as if the oft-delayed project would be in never-ending limbo and Lupe was busying himself with side projects like Japanese Cartoon—his post-punk rock band—and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lupe’s fans took things into their own hands by protesting the delay of “Lasers,” and then suddenly the rapper tweeted a picture of himself with Atlantic Records Chief Operating Officer, Julie Greenwald. The long-standing feud between him and the label seemed resolved. Shortly thereafter “Lasers” was given a March 8 release date, and it looked like everything was going to be alright.
But pictures can be deceiving. Despite having a legitimate hit on his hands with “The Show Goes On,” things between Lupe and Atlantic Records haven’t really been resolved, according to Complex.com.
Lupe spoke to the website about how he was pressured into doing “The Show Goes On,” why he’s still not cool with Atlantic Records, and why he (sometimes) hates his own album.
On “The Show Goes On”
“There’s nothing really to tell about that record, to be honest. I didn’t have nothing to do with that record. That was the label’s record. That wasn’t like I knew the producer or knew the writer or anything like that. That was one of those records the record company gave me, [they even gave me] stuff they wanted me to rap about. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey I did this and I went to a mountain and found inspiration and it was this.’ [Last April] I was backstage at a show at the House of Blues in L.A. and the president of [Atlantic Records] came to me and said, ‘Hey check this out, I got this song.’ He played ‘Show Goes On’ for me on the iPod. I was used to it because they presented me like ten other songs in the same fashion or via email. So for me, at that point, it was just another record like, ‘Is this a song you want me to do?’ There was nothing special about it for me at that point. It was like, ‘You know we still want off the label, right?’ That was the conversations we were having.
“I did the record maybe a couple weeks after I initially heard it. We were on tour and I didn’t have the schedule to go record it, so the first instance that I had to actually go do it, I went and knocked it out. I knocked out ‘Never Forget You’ that same day. Then we had ‘Show Goes On’ for two, three months completed in some fashion. It was never a record like, ‘Hey! Lupe is super excited about ‘Show Goes On.’’ At that point, I was just drained. I was like, ‘Whatever. Another song, another day, another dollar.’
“I had to do ‘Show Goes On,’ that was like the big chip on the table. I had to do it and it had to be the first single if the record was going to come out. And then there’s ‘Never Forget You’ [featuring John Legend]—which is another record I had nothing to do with—which became another bargaining chip, like, ‘Yo, after ‘Show Goes On’ there’s going to be this other record that you had nothing to do with.’ And I know John Legend, he’s a cool dude. But it was just a record he had sitting around and Exec A or Exec B heard it, and they were like, ‘Oh yeah! We’re going to put this on Lupe.’ And it wasn’t like, ‘Hey Lupe, do you like this song?’ it was like, ‘You got to do this record.’ At that point, I had already done ten records [the same way]. It was like I’d fly out from whatever spot I’m vacationing in, cut these records, and fly back.” \
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Why He Hates Lasers
“One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I’ll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record—which is something I can’t separate—I hate this album. A lot of the songs that are on the album, I’m kinda neutral to. Not that I don’t like them, or that I hate them, it’s just I know the process that went behind it. I know the sneaky business deal that went down behind this song, or the artist or singer or songwriter who wrote this hook and didn’t want to give me this song in the first place. So when I have that kind of knowledge behind it, I’m just kind of neutral to it like, ‘Another day, another dollar.’ As opposed something like The Cool, which is more of my own blood, sweat, and tears, and my own control. With this record, I’m little bit more neutral as to the love for the record.
“I don’t like the process behind Lasers. The music is dope but I just don’t like the process. We were literally at the point where all this music was done except for a couple songs that we did after the protest. So the bulk of the album was done. And we were talking about shelving the album and going to another label, that’s where we were like, ‘If you put the record out, put it out. Either move on to another album or can it and we’ll do other records at another label.’ The business of it got solved. I’m happy for the fans, this is their album. This is the album that they fought for and that’s what made me do songs like ‘Words I Never Said’ and ‘All Black Everything.’
”The [fans] came and put their lives on the line in some instances—because you never know what could happen, it could have been a stampede. I look at that as very inspiring and motivational. That was one of the only reasons the label got on the phone and wanted to have that meeting, they seen the outpouring of support and the critique that was beginning to mobilize via the Internet. CNN, MTV, and Village Voice was picking up the story of the protest and actually interviewing the kids and the kids was speaking their piece. And it wasn’t the most glorifying things that they were saying. I think that, as well as the pressure of the business itself, where it was at a point like, ‘Look, Lupe is not going to come into the building at all.’ It was periods of stalemate where I wasn’t going into Atlantic Records. I had nothing against the average employees—a lot of those people are my friends—but the executive attitude was something I did not like.
“We were literally going on tour and a lot of the records that are on the album [are songs] that the record company was saying, ‘Hey we don’t like this record, it’s not up to par,’ and we already been performing them for two years. And you got kids who know all the words to a lot of the records that are going to come out because our thing was, ‘Alright, if you’re not going to put it out, we’ll perform it and go on tour.’ For me, there’s always another outlet that can be more meaningful than having a release date. Especially, if an album is coming out and you’re not making no money off of it then what’s the point? How excited can you possibly be? My excitement comes from being on the stage.
“For me, it’s the fans and for them to get a victory and for us to get a release date. That’s all we really wanted the whole time like, ‘Either give us a release date or let us go.’ And they were like, ‘No, we’re not giving you either one of those.’ So it was like, ‘Well, I guess I’ll just go back on tour, go climb a mountain, and busy myself with other things until this stuff gets situated.’ [The value of getting a release date] it depends on what level of education you have in the music business. For some people that’s amazing like, ‘Oh my God! My life is going to change and blah, blah, blah.’ For other people, it kind of means nothing. It’s like, ‘Another album out but the main root of the problem is still unsolved.’ And then there are records you literally had nothing to do with. That was a part of the compromise. Compromise doesn’t mean everybody is going to be happy, it’s just we’re going to do the best thing we can. The best thing for both parties is for this album to come out. Whether that means we’re homies or whether that means everything is cool now, that’s a different story.”