There have been rumors and speculation, but Jermaine Dupri has finally broken his silence about his departure from Def Jam Records:
“They [weren't] prepared for a person like myself,” he explained. “They [were] basically out for themselves. I never was on a team like that. I was always on a team that was supportive of what I wanted to do and this time it was more like ‘we need you to do this.’ People know me to create new artists [and to] continuously come with new people. Once I realized I was basically on my own in that building, I said ‘it’s time for me to get out of here.’ I saw the decline of Def Jam and I was just like ‘I don’t want to be a part of a sinking ship.’…[There's] definitely hard feelings because I’m not cool with people stunting my growth. I’m a person that keeps growing. Everybody knows the history of Jermaine Dupri. Everybody knows what I’ve done from day one from one group to the next, it was all new artists and you have to continue doing that. If you get in the way of that you stunt that growth. They [have] bigger problems to deal with, I mean I’m not running around like ‘f*ck Def Jam!’ I’m just saying I would not really deal with them ever again… It feels like it’s a resurgence of independent labels…It just feels like the right thing for me.
Diddy is always reinventing himself. This weekend he announced that he was revamping his Sean John Clothing Line and unveiled a new logo…
Diddy wrote on his blog: ”Y’all remember the last Sean John logo we had…And right now I would like to introduce to you the new, more evolved, future logo. The future, the evolution, the re-invention. As you see in the new logo, what is the new look? This is Sean John, we had to step up our game. You either change or get changed. You know who said that? Me…So we gonna be doing some of these, we gonna let you come into the design room and see some of our behind-the-scenes, also we gonna have y’all come in on some meetings too. Our t-shirt game, we’re stepping it up…Check it out y’all, this is a little preview of what’s to come. Y’all see we in here grinding, we in here working. We have to get things together, we had to step up our game.”