DJ Clark Kent Recalls Atlantic Records Passing on Jay-Z

DJ Clarks Kent chops it up with the Usual Suspects about how Atlantic Records passed up the chance to sign a young Jay-Z.

The legendary DJ Clark Kent recently caught up with the Usual Suspects' DJ O-Sharp and Trav Dave to discuss his memories of working with a young Jay-Z. He says that he brought Hov to Atlantic Records when he was working at the label as an A&R, but the label passed on the budding star.

"I brought [Jay-Z to Atlantic Records]," he said. "Because I worked there as an A&R, I'm going to say that they didn't have enough budget [to sign him] because enough signings had happened at that precise moment, so maybe that's why. I'm going to leave it that way. I'm not going to sit here and say that I didn't like [Atlantic], because later on after we put records out ourselves, everybody was like [to Jay], 'We love you!'...when that 'Ain't No Nigga' [song] came out, it was trouble. It's not like [just] one label that I worked for let him slide by him. [Atlantic] slid by him for so long that I quit and went to work for another company and they slid by him for so long, so that I was like, 'We've just got to put out our own shit'...the rest is just billionaire status."

The full video interview can be seen below.




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  • Anonymous

    cool story. i like to hear shit like this. niggas aint wanna give hov a chance and he pissed in their grills yo if you like big tittes and fatt butts and jakass stunts, check out the new hip hop web show

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    Clark kent's record and sneaker collection is legendary..that dude has thousands of kicks and records..but good to see dudes still on the grind after all these years...

  • Citizen Hobbes

    Didn't they pass on Kanye West also?

  • Anonymous

    i couldve sign da nigga too..but Dame wouldnt let me fuck his i had to pass man..i know dame wouldve wish he couldve hooked me and stacy up, now he broke lookin like santa claus wit not if you want to be direct

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