Lyor Cohen, former Def Jam President and current YouTube Global Head Of Music, was recently featured on a Drink Champs episode and one of the topic of discussions brought up by Nore was on how Warren G saved Def Jam with the release of his debut solo album Regulate G Funk Era. Lyor Cohen, former Def Jam president responded and said that Warren G did save Def Jam.
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WARREN G’S PLEA TO DEF JAM
It’s also worth noting that when Warren G himself was on Drink Champs, Nore gave Warren G much praise for the irrevocable act of saving Def Jam.
With that said, Warren G chimed in on exactly how Def Jam could show him appreciation for saving the label, thus propelling them in their trajectory of becoming a billion dollar company. He said they can show him appreciation by returning his masters to him.
Warren G stated that he attempted to convince Russel Simmons to give him his masters as he did LL Cool J before he sold Def Jam in 1999 to Universal Music Group for a reported 100 million dollars.
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LYOR COHEN’S APPRECIATION FOR WARREN G
Though Warren G has yet to receive his masters back from Def Jam, Lyor Cohen did close out the topic of discussion by expressing his gratitude to Warren G for saving Def Jam. Lyor Cohen thanked Warren G.
What are your thoughts on this subject matter. Is a thank you enough show of appreciation for Warren G saving the label or should Warren G’s masters be reverted back to him as he’s requested from Def Jam to no avail.
And if Def Jam was to give Warren G his masters back, what about the other artists who have been on Def Jam. Are they entitle their masters back? Let us know your thoughts?
And as always we like to close with a saying, quote or adage and today’s is from Ye, formerly Kanye West: WHEN YOU SIGN A MUSIC DEAL YOU SIGN AWAY YOUR RIGHTS. WITHOUT THE MASTERS YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITH YOUR OWN MUSIC. SOMEONE ELSE CONTROLS WHERE IT’S PLAYED AND WHEN IT’S PLAYED. ARTISTS HAVE NOTHING EXCEPT FAME, TOURING AND MERCH.
Now, go forth and change the game!