For the last two years, Jae Millz might have been easily forgotten. Then again, he’s easily remembered. The Harlem battle emcee who was indeed that fierce rhymer that was making noise in the streets. Whether it was Smack DVDs, an epic Making The Band appearance, or simple mixtape mania, if you followed his stats, you had a feel that Jae was major label bait to the fullest.
And so it was, Jae Millz was signed to Warner Brothers. Though he was signed, and released a big-budget video, the direction towards an album grew tangential. Then came Universal Records. Once again, an album was not in the cards, as Millz was overlooked for budding careers of southern and midwestern stars.
After self-sustaining a career ever since, Jae Millz might best understand the value of a major label full metal jacket. The same deejays and artists that embraced him when he was backed, turned their own backs as the “No, No, No” prodigy opted to make his own music. Then came Lil Wayne. After announcing signing Jae Millz to the Carter‘s Young Money imprint [click here to read…], the Uptown rapper’s phone started ringing. And for all those fair-weather friends, Millz changed his number.
In between studio sessions, Jae Millz spoke to HipHopDX about what a long, strange trip it’s been. He examines the worth of the majors, the freedom of being unsigned, and just how quickly your stock rises in this fickle industry. Get some exclusive details on Young Money‘s plans for 2008, and their New York delegate that’s going to take them there. Amidst all the twists in Jae Millz‘ story, one thing is certain: he never lost his edge as a ferocious battle rapper.
HipHopDX: You was smashing the mixtape scene, you was killing people on the underground as one of the hottest battle rappers that got talent. With that being said, do you think your time is finally now in 2008?
Jae Millz: I feel like my time been came, but now, it