L Cool J Talks About Beef With Jay-Z and Last Album ‘Exit 13′ With Def Jam
As for his relationship with Russell Simmons the rapper stated, “We have a great, incredible relationship. You only get a few chances for a certain amount of friends.”
“When Russell and Rick Rubin [started DJ (Def Jam)] they were hands-on, and it was phenomenal. Today, there is a lot more business in hip hop than there is creativity. We have to get back to [rap's] roots, [we have to be] more relevant,” LL Cool J tells NY Daily News about the changes since 1984.
As far as having beef with rapper Jay-Z, LL Cool adds, “I was never angry at Jay-Z. My Âissues were with the company, the way they pushed younger artists to the wayside. They deserve to be heard. As a New Yorker, I would love to hear more local artists. This is America. Artists should have a platform.”
LL Cool J was the first artists signed to Def Jam Records in 1984.