In a Q & A interview with The Urban Daily, Shyne was asked about his upcoming albums, which led to talks about LA Reid and Def Jam. Here’s what he had to say….
I understand you have two albums dropping this year. Is that correct?
Not this year. I’m not coming out until first quarter, like March.
One will be under Def Jam and the other under Cash Money?
Right now I don’t know what I’m doing with Def Jam. It’s a new chairman over at Univesral Music Group, so I don’t know what’s happening over there.
You’re talking about Lucian Grainge who replaced Doug Morris?
Yeah, and I know LA Reid ain’t gonna be there no more. I don’t know what’s happening over there. It all depends on who takes over and his commitment to hip-hop music. I think that’s why…. It’s really tricky. I don’t like to judge nobody or throw anyone under the bus, but I don’t think there was a strong commitment to hip-hop from LA Reid. I was on my way out the door a few times and he begged me to stay. Now that he’s leaving, that’s definitely the door opening for me to spin off myself, you dig. I don’t know the direction they’re going in. I don’t know if they’re gonna put another guy in there that don’t care about hip-hop music. You understand? We need people like Russell [Simmons] and Lyor [Cohen] and Jimmy Iovine, people that bled and got their hands dirty and were in the trenches. We need the Eisenhowers that are gonna be there on the warfield with us to keep this going, and L.A. Reid wasn’t that. I’m interested to see who they’re gonna put in there. If anything, I might do everything through Cash Money or somebody else, but it’s a real question mark with Def Jam right now.
Looks like Nas wasn’t the only one to write a letter to Def Jam. Shyne also wrote one titled “Def Jam Is Dying”. Check out more about the letter and full interview at The Urban Daily