DX News Bits: Akon, David Banner, Jam Master Jay

Akon signs the "male Lady Gaga," David Banner explains why Rap can't make money anymore, and Jam Master Jay's son talks hardships of being without a father.

Akon recently revealed that the latest artist to be signed to his Kon Live label possesses the artistic capabilities of Lady Gaga. Akon had a hand in bringing Gaga to the limelight, and signed her to the label in 2007.

"I just signed a kid named Jeffree Star. He will be the next biggest thing," Akon assured. "To me he's like the male version of Gaga in the aspect of you have to see it to understand it..he's literally that. You can't critique it, you gotta just let it be."

While Akon continues to venture into different forms of music, former label mate David Banner talked to Vibe magazine about why Rap is losing its lucrative edge.

"There is no more money in Rap because we allowed it to be downgraded to a download. So it's virtually impossible to be successful as a young black man except for sports and slanging crack. This is our fault. We have the power to make our music important again. But because we want to be cool and famous and not smart and rich, this is going to be the result of it if we don't change it."

Banner's album Death of a Pop Star is slated for release next month.

In other news, NBC New York spoke to the late Jam Master Jay's son Jason Mizell Jr., who shared how the loss of his father has impacted him.

"It's really strange to lose a parent, in that form or in any manner," he said. "It was certain lessons I never got taught losing my father at a young age. It's certain things you tend to tell your son as he gets older. I had to go and search for things in the world on my own."

Mizell, following in his father's footsteps as a deejay, goes by the name of JMJ-Son, or J-Son.


  • Lulu

    I know this is an old post, but it's really sad how offensive, ignorant and stupid most of you people in the hip hop scene are. Does his sexuality really threaten you that much? This is 2013, pull your heads out of your asses and understand that gay people are human beings just like me and you too. And why should it matter to you who someone else is intimate with? Would you like people to get involved in your sex lives? No? Then get out of theirs. And all this is coming from someone who hates Jeffree Star-but I hate him for his character not his looks or his sexuality so if you are going to hate him then at least hate him for a legit reason. And that's all I have to say.

  • zora

    nice that akon is realizng more music than rap...

    • EddieMurrrphy

      yea its cool to be different and everything. but this is too far in my opinion. anything but this..... anything. this shit is fucked up

  • EddieMurrrphy

    goddmanit akon, why a move like that man. the male lady gaga. that shit is fucked up to say the least. my god that shit is down right chilling. the most chilling thing to happen in the entertainment industry all year. i gotta stay off this site for a few days until this headline goes waay back. i cant see that fucked up face above anymore. Wretch

  • Bryant Carter

    r.i.p to theee master

  • Quantarius JudahAfricanus Brawley

    this has to be a halloween joke

  • Anonymous

    Akon really hurt my feelings with this one. He's supposed to know better.

  • Denis Haugh

    dont ask me why but i think akon sold out..:/

  • Anonymous

    'can only make money from sports or sellin crack' -dumb ass comment. you aren't restricted to 2 things u can do whatever u want

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  • ?

    david bamer has lost his mind! and i ment bamer, crack slanging or sports, really? i could has thought he was more smater than that. guess not..... oh yeah akon is a fool.

  • cold 187

    Akon looking to get some loot from this faggot.. good on him!

  • wtfffffakonwtf

    akon,, WHat the fuckkk. man that guy is a straight up gaylord, fucking drag queen.

  • EddieMurrrphy

    jesus akon a gay homo. wat a blatant fag. next big nothing. thzt vid is scary gay. made it through bout twenty seconds before i quit. ridiculous. faggot ass akon

  • Jriggs

    David Banner = Idiot! How is he going to say a young black male without money in rap resorts to slanging crack and sports? Pure ignorance coming from a man who was supposed to get a Master's degree.

  • burnblue

    You're kidding me right? Akon did not sign that dude. He trying to burn away all that money he got off TPain and Gaga? This dude is no Lambert.. he's no Gaga, he's no talent. Go work on Tami Chynn and put her out, man

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  • Atl2trill

    Akon lost his damn mind by signing a weird gay dude to his label. That dude is weird as hell if he's like Lady Gaga. Also David Banner is right about rap music losing it's money making appeal. Niggas don't wanna support good music.

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