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    Def Jam president/CEO Jay-Z is not resting on his laurels. The artist tells Billboard he is mulling the creation of the label Def Jam Left, which he describes as "an artist-driven label with very low deals so people are not pressured by first-week SoundScan [sales], so we can build artists." Jay-Z is also hoping to make the Roots the first signee to the imprint.

    "I'm talking to the Roots right now," he adds. "I'm confident to put out there that we might make this happen. The label would probably begin at the top of the year, but I hope to have the Roots signed by the time they get off their international tour."

    In late April, Roots drummer ?uestlove told Billboard.com the group was about 60% finished with a new album, "Game Theory." The set is tipped to feature a collaboration with Black Star's Mos Def and Talib Kweli called "Where I Come" and another song with just Mos Def, "Workin' on It." The Roots were previously signed to MCA and then Geffen.

    Meanwhile, Jay-Z admits he is wrestling with whether to remain retired as an artist. His last studio set was 2003's "The Black Album," but he has since popped up on occasion as a guest on songs by Kanye West and Young Jeezy, among others.

    "You all are hearing things from me -- you just haven't heard an album," he says. "Who knows? I'm still going in the studio, getting on remixes and things like that. But it's the people. When people want something bad enough, it happens. And they want it bad (laughs). I'm trying to hold out, but I don't know how long I can."

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    fabbeddockamam

    (Doesn't Everyone)

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    CANARSIE put ya LIGHTERS UP

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    • #3
      The roots?? good call, they could def' need more exposure..real talented motherfuckers..
      Back like Cooked Crack

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      • #4
        Good news. The roots are great. Its obvious though they won't be going right up the mainstreams alley, so this is a good way to at least expose them to some more people.

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        • #5
          dope

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          • #6
            That would be pretty badass if the roots signed with jay-z.
            Originally posted by MarshallArts
            I hope I don't regret it.
            Better hit edit delete
            before the dreaded elite
            have me devetted

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            • #7
              what sort of name is "Def Jam Left"????

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Undertow
                what sort of name is "Def Jam Left"????
                they'll be signing more democrats

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jamie.
                  Def Jam president/CEO Jay-Z is not resting on his laurels. The artist tells Billboard he is mulling the creation of the label Def Jam Left, which he describes as "an artist-driven label with very low deals so people are not pressured by first-week SoundScan [sales], so we can build artists."
                  This is exactly the mentality that majors are going to have to have if rap is going to remain significant in the future.

                  It's good to see that somebody realises that non-mainstream artists can be greatly successful in the long-term, and don't need to top billboards in order to be an asset
                  OZ HIP HOP.COM
                  THE RAP CELLA

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                  • #10
                    This to me shows how smart of a business man Jay Z is
                    Originally posted by Ifbbita
                    as for this thread, I was thinking about buying a 500 Smith and Wesson Magnum. With hollow tip rounds, you can blast a hole through Jesus...
                    Fucking Awesome

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ZoG
                      they'll be signing more democrats

                      haha

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                      • #12
                        Jay has got to be the smartest n.igga in the business. If this Def Jam left thing works out Jay will maybe become the most important artist of recent times, eclipsing 2pac. The best part is Jay might bring a new album out too, maybe even of Def Jam left?


                        "If skills sold truth be told, I'd probably be LYRICALLY TALIB KWELI"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ZoG
                          they'll be signing more democrats

                          funny!
                          www.myspace.com/l_wiz_uk

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 2-MEO
                            Jay has got to be the smartest n.igga in the business. If this Def Jam left thing works out Jay will maybe become the most important artist of recent times, eclipsing 2pac. The best part is Jay might bring a new album out too, maybe even of Def Jam left?


                            "If skills sold truth be told, I'd probably be LYRICALLY TALIB KWELI"
                            I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
                            (But i did five Mil)
                            I ain't been rhymin like Common since
                            I feel like i'm in hong kong the way they wanna make this "singapore"- Chino XL

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                            • #15
                              jay is so far ahead of everyone its not even funny.

                              that motherfucker is from the future.
                              RIP Proof
                              End Of An Era

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