Ex-Def Jam Rapper Airs Out Label: "Most Of The Things They Wanted Me To Do Were Gay"

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 6 years ago '06        #1
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Ex-Def Jam Rapper Airs Out Label: "Most Of The Things They Wanted Me To Do Were Gay"
 

 

West Coast rap newcomer Wax has opened up on Def Jam Recordings recently releasing him after signing a contract last year and his internal problems with the iconic label.

According to Wax, his creative freedom got compromised while at the Def Jam empire.

"I'd been signed to them for a while, and I've been working on songs. They really wanted me to make a radio single. You know, I gave them songs I thought were singles, but the last batch of songs, they didn't believe in. So they dropped me," he explained in an interview. "They were putting me in with songwriters that were known to make hits. The songs I was making with these people was stuff they would write for some 16-year-old pop star kid. Most of the things they wanted me to do were gay. I just wasn't into it." (LA Weekly)

He also stressed the music industry's reliance on copying a pop formula.

"When was the last time you paid for an album? It's getting harder and harder to make money. You don't need a major label if you're not Rihanna or Lady Gaga. You can get the word out yourself," Wax added. "The labels really need you to be a huge pop success, and they just follow the formula from the last hit. Everyone is operating off fear. Fear of being fired because something failed. So they go the safe route. They tried a song of mine, and it didn't work. So, it's not totally their fault. It's my fault, too." (LA Weekly)

Last month, Wax released a video revealing his disassociation from Def Jam.

"After a while, everything you do is so put under a microscope," Wax explained. "All the songs that you make are put under a microscope by 20 people. The point is, after a while, you second-guess yourself to the point where you don't trust your own instinct anymore. Your instinct is really what gets you to that place in the first place." (Wax & Her Balt)

Back in March 2011, the rapper made headlines after inking his major deal.

Wax has been signed to Def Jam in what has been described as a joint venture between Wax's label imprint, Scrublife and the legendary Hip Hop label, Def Jam which will allow him release his debut album via "Scrublife/Def Jam". To coincide with the announcement, Wax also released his long-awaited DJ Skee-presented Scrublife mixtape to serve as a precursor to his major label debut album. Wax first came on my radar in 2008 via his collaborative album with Virginia-based producer EOM titled Liquid and Courage


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136 comments for "Ex-Def Jam Rapper Airs Out Label: "Most Of The Things They Wanted Me To Do Were Gay""

 6 years ago '12        #2
SLiP 35 heat pts35
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Wax is dope, he should just stay underground.
 6 years ago '10        #3
Rebirth46 60 heat pts60
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I was just talking bout majors last night and how they get down I understand it thats why its best to go independent cause most majors just living off their name..time to make your own name without their help
 6 years ago '10        #4
Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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sounds like an immature use of the word "gay"
 6 years ago '07        #5
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 Delbert Mengel said:
sounds like an immature use of the word "gay"
word.but u know somebody will run wit it
 6 years ago '11        #6
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 Delbert Mengel said:
sounds like an immature use of the word "gay"
Like ZOMG that was sooooooo gay



I'm expecting Wanda Sykes to come out and yell at this muh fu*ka for dropping the "g-bomb" on some NBA PSA bullsh*t
 09-10-2012, 12:40 PM         #7
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hes white so he means gay as in he doesnt like or agree with it, not gay as in a night of clubbing with p diddy
 6 years ago '10        #8
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People really still arguing over the use of he word "gay"? Really ain't that serious
 6 years ago '11        #9
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 sm00vb0iiw0nder said:
People really still arguing over the use of he word "gay"? Really ain't that serious
^ something a gay would say
 6 years ago '10        #10
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 PotheadFocker said:
^ something a gay would say
You just made zero sense bi*ch n*gga
 6 years ago '12        #11
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 sm00vb0iiw0nder said:
People really still arguing over the use of he word "gay"? Really ain't that serious
it really is, its like using your birth name to describe something negative or something most would find joy in being used to spread negativity. Gay should not be used to describe negativity, especially since the dictionary definition means happy, the total opposite.
 09-10-2012, 01:15 PM         #12
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hes about to get blackballed or k!lled
 6 years ago '12        #13
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 ballin1 said:
hes white so he means gay as in he doesnt like or agree with it, not gay as in a night of clubbing with p diddy


damn near every thread has race war potential!!!

Wax isn't just white, he mixed with other races.... couple yrs back i had a convo with him, real chill & talented guy
 6 years ago '08        #14
supervillain 244 heat pts244
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the immaturity of bx strikes again...you cant get through the first page without motherfu*kers derailing it, on some dumb sh*t...you motherfu*kers make me sick...lets talk about the issue at hand, how def jam is treating their ppl, not the context of a fu*kin word...eventhough his words were taken out of context..
 6 years ago '11        #15
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He didn't come into the game with a hit...you can't expect to stay without one. - Keith Clark
 6 years ago '12        #16
OrangeSoda 98 heat pts98
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if it dont sell then u are of no value to the label.
 6 years ago '12        #17
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This interview is a great insight into the degradation of the music industry.

 supervillain said:
the immaturity of bx strikes again...you cant get through the first page without motherfu*kers derailing it, on some dumb sh*t...you motherfu*kers make me sick...lets talk about the issue at hand, how def jam is treating their ppl, not the context of a fu*kin word...eventhough his words were taken out of context..
Don't blame Boxden. The thread is being derailed by the madness of political correctness; trigger words like 'gay' take precedence ahead of entire paragraphs of valuable knowledge and information.
 6 years ago '06        #18
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 grapedrank said:
if it dont sell then u are of no value to the label.
pretty much if you can't sell your own sound then they are going to make you a carbon copy and if you don't sell as a carbon copy then you are fired.

Indie= 100% control.

Major= not

its simple.
 09-10-2012, 02:04 PM         #19
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 KeithClark said:
He didn't come into the game with a hit...you can't expect to stay without one. - Keith Clark
keith fart got his lube ready
 6 years ago '10        #20
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They probably tried to get him to do actual gay sh*t like kiss Justin Bieber for a album cover.
Wax is dope, deal or not.
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