Murder, Inc. Records founder Irv Gotti praised Def Jam Records as being culturally important to the art of Hip Hop during an interview with Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club.”
“Def Jam is the home of artists that personify Hip Hop culturally important,” Gotti said. “These are the artists that came up through Def Jam. Def Jam means something to the Hip Hop culture.”
Gotti is not sold on the leadership representing the label.
“I’m just scared with the guy who’s at the watch of it…he don’t care about Def Jam,” he said.
Ja Rule, who also sat down for an interview, expounded on the topic, saying, “You really got to be of the culture to run Def Jam. You gotta have break dance before and write graffiti before.”
Irv said one has to be “a part of the culture” and understand what the Def Jam logo means to effectively run the label.
Irv fears Def Jam will be headed in the same direction as the once prominent Motown records.
“Mo Town was Def Jam,” he said. “It was culturally important, R&B, Barry Gordy… now Motown is an afterthought…Universal MoTown. They did the same thing with Def Jam… Island Def Jam. They’ll faze it out cause the powers that be, they don’t care about that culture. They’re thinking what’s best to minimize the dollar and they don’t care.”
Check out Irv Gotti’s Power 105 “The Breakfast Club” interview
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