LL Cool J Disses Def Jam?
September 5, 2006

LL Cool J

It looks like LL Cool J might be glad that his next album will be his last for his long-time label home, Def Jam. The Rapper and his producer for his next LP, 50 Cent, stirred up some controversy when they arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards together and dissed Def Jam during an interview with MTV News' John Norris. LL said that he's unhappy with the way Def Jam has been handling its projects now that there is a fairly new staff in place. He also pointed the finger at shortcomings in the promotion department.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News also did a backstage recap of MTV's awards show and quoted LL as saying, "I think Def Jam needs to be a better promoter of Hip-Hop" and "I think Jay-Z does a very good job... of promoting Jay-Z."

On the brighter side, LL also talked to Norris about working with 50, saying, "It gives me an opportunity to be with new minds." He said that 50 has his "best interest at heart" and he brings fresh energy into the studio, according to MTV.com. LL previously told MTV News in July that his forthcoming record is the last on his contract with Def Jam, but no other details have come out about the album.

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