August Alsina maybe soon hear from lawyers representing Def Jam Recordings.
The R&B singer took to Twitter on Monday to blast Def Jam while calling the label trash and saying that they are holding his music hostage and holding him hostage. The root of his grouse with the label seems to be about his long awaited new album which should serves as the followup to his 2015 LP This Thing Called Life. The 25-year-old singer seems highly frustrated with the label and even told his fans that he will instead drop some free music soon.
“I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist,” August Alsina said. “The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME & the Album.”
His statement is in response to a fan who asked him, “Ayo [August Alsina] where is the album at bro?! 2017 was a tuff year. I need some of your newest work, I’m goin threw a lot of sh*t.”
I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist. The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME ?& the Album? https://t.co/xIitEDUaDp
Eminem is frustrated with new wave of mumble rap music.
Eminem has a new song out with Beyonce, “Walk On Water” which will be featured on his upcoming album Revival, due this Friday.
Author Malcolm Gladwell and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin kick-started their new podcast, Broken Record, last Friday and on the first episode they discussed Eminem new song “Walk On Water.” According to Rubin, Em explained the meaning behind the single and also spoke about his feelings on the current wave of new artists in hip hop and what type of music they are making, mumble rap.
“It’s mortality, not being Superman and what if I can’t come up with the best shit I wrote every single time?” Eminem said of the song. During the episode, the Def Jam Recordings co-founder opened up about a conversation he had with Eminem about the new wave of mumble rap and what it means for hip hop. He said that it’s very frustrated for Slim Shady who has a vested interest in descriptive rhymes and well-crafted bars.
“For him, it’s a little bit of a culture shock because there’s a new wave of Hip Hip that’s not really what he’s about, so he was just talking to me about how that felt,” Rick Rubin said. “I could see he was frustrated with [it].” Rubin also detailed working with Eminem saying he is unlike any other artists that he has worked with in the past just by his attention to detail and his keen interest in the music and culture.
“He’s fanatical to a point that I don’t think I’ve seen in anyone before just through his attention to deal,” the music producer added. “He has a perfect memory of everything about the music and he gets inside of it, and he writes to whatever is good or bad about it.” Listen to the podcast episode below.