Remember how it seemed like someone over Def Jam was drinking battery acid when it signed Shyne to a million dollar-plus deal, all because he was "real" hip-hop, and it seemed like there was no way Shyne could ever recoup? Well, apparently even Shyne thinks signing him was crazy, since he's decided he hates Def Jam now, and wants to sign with Cash Money. He's claiming it's because L.A. Reid doesn't know anything about hip-hop, but I feel like it's because Shyne is whyning.
"I'm definitely trying to get with Cash Money but the Def Jam thing is a question mark right now," Shyne told SOHH. "I've been fixing to get up out of there for a while now because [Island Def Jam CEO] L.A. Reid don't care about hip-hop. The people up there, they don't know what they're doing. When you don't have a strong leader, where you gonna go? ... They don't care about hip-hop music. You give them a hip-hop record with an R&B singer, you "might" have a chance. They don't care. You got The Roots, Ghostface, Nas, probably the best hip-hop roster you could imagine and they do nothing. L.A. Reid doesn't want nothing to do with rappers -- it's nothing personal, I don't have nothing personal with dude but he makes it known he doesn't care about hip-hop. So I'm really interested in seeing who's gonna replace him. Because I know he's been replaced -- so I wanna find out who's gonna take his spot before I decide what I'm gonna do with Def Jam...The music that we make is responsible for pop, R&B, everything that's jumping right now..."
He sort of has a point vis a vis Def Jam not knowing what to do with its roster, but still; Shyne was paid millions of clams to sign to Def Jam, a label that should not be paying his post-Lloyd Banks talent anything over five figures. And yet, he's unhappy. You go away for a few years and you get delusions of grandeur. [SOHH]