HipHopGame.com has an interview with Stat Quo, where he opens up about the situation at Aftermath Records.
Would you recommend that other artists sign to Aftermath after your experience?
If you don’t want to put an album out you should sign to Aftermath but if you want to actually put a record out you shouldn’t. You know what Aftermath is good for? It’s good for artist development. They develop artists good but as far as putting product out, I wouldn’t advise any artists signing over there. Look at it. Marsha is at Aftermath. Is there any question that Marsha is dope? There’s no question that she’s dope. Where’s her album? It ain’t coming out! She’s already been successful with Floetry. It ain’t even coming out. It’s not even rap. It’s some other shit. Bishop Lamont, is there any question that Bishop Lamont is dope? No! That’s why Busta Rhymes isn’t on there because that album wasn’t going to come out over there. 50’s going to come out because 50 can. Em can.
Basically all of these artists that are over there, they’re all dope and they are good artists. Going all the way back to The Hitmen, is there any question that Rakim is one of the best rappers ever? Is there any question to that? No, but he didn’t get to put an album out. Look at what Busta Rhymes had to go through to get an album out. Game. A lot of people considered Game to be one of the best rappers. Do you realize that Game would have never put a record out if 50 Cent didn’t come through? Was Game not talented? No. Game was dope. He had been dope. Right? You never would have heard of game had it not been for Jimmy putting Game with 50. Jimmy Iovine made that move. You never would have heard of Game.
When I signed to Aftermath Dre had only mixed one of Game’s records. Now when Jimmy put Game with 50, Game was the king of the West Coast, right? It don’t be about how talented artists are. It don’t have nothing to do with talent. It has everything to do with the inner circle. 50 was hot and then it was okay and then that went bad and Game was out of here. That’s how that went down. One of the head dudes, one of the big dogs, wanted him out so he got Bishop Lamont. Bishop’s incredible! It’s sad over there. It’s sad. Marsha from Floetry, she wrote all these big hits and this girl is not going to come out.
That’s sad as fuck. That shit’s sad, dog. Come on, man. Do you know how many songs Marsha has wrote? Do you know how much dope shit she has done? Come on, bro. They don’t tell you what shit is. Shit is absolutely insane. I could go down the list going all the way back to H&R Block. I can go down the list. There’s countless crews that signed and never got their chance and when they left Dre they couldn’t pick up the pieces and keep it moving to do their own thing. But the difference between them and me is that I don’t have a fear of that regime. I don’t fear the regime. I don’t fear what they have going on. I am still a made man. They won’t make me worse off or break me. I don’t see that as my end or my beginning. I just see that as my past.
Read the interview after the jump…
BUT, 2009 is shaping up to be Aftermath’s year with huge singles from 50 Cent and Eminem…
50 Cent – I Get It In (Produced by Dr. Dre – off “Before I Self Destruct”)
Eminem feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent – Crack A Bottle
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