Steve Stoute Speaks On Helping Nas With His Career, Jay-Z Blue

Record exec Steve Stoute touches on a variety of topics during his interview with Complex magazine.

Record executive Steve Stoute recently sat down with Complex magazine for quite the in-depth interview which touched on everything from his part in helping to launch Nas’ career to Jay-Z’s falling out with Damon Dash.

Stoute spoke with the magazine in great detail about his first meeting with Nas and his desire to help the Queensbridge rapper excel with his music career.

“I had a vision for him. I felt like it was my job to make him the biggest guy in the world. I wanted the world to hear his music,” Stoute explained. “I didn’t want him to become a great lyricist but end up like Kool G Rap, a lyricist the world doesn’t get to hear. I felt like I could take the responsibility and make the Nas movement bigger and not keep it confined to the Tri-State area, so to speak. He allowed me to do that. When we were together, we made a lot of noise and I made him an international star.”

While Stoute's a man of many business ventures there was one that didn’t quite come to fruition and it was his Jay-Z Blue deal with Pantone, the self-described world-renowned authority on color and provider of color system.

“Jay-Z Blue was a brilliant concept that we went through a lot of hurdles to get to be a Pantone color chip,” said Stoute. “And it was one of those things that we started that we didn’t finish when we should have, but we’re working on finishing now. That’s the answer…The Jay-Z Jeep deal was a part of the Jay-Z Blue deal. In fact, the story’s right over there if you want to look at it. If you want to read it, I had it framed. We showed the car at the Detroit auto show.”

Towards the end of his interview Stoute spoke on Jay-Z’s relationship with Damon Dash and commented on Dash’s remarks about him hurting his relationship with the rapper.  

“I have this theory, don’t blame the bat, blame the player swinging the bat. I had nothing to do with it. If your relationship with somebody’s falling apart, don’t blame it on the third party cause we’ve gotten close. You’ve grown apart,” said Stoute when asked about Dame Dash’s comments on him being responsible for his gradual falling apart with Jay-Z. “They obviously grew far apart and he felt like they grew apart because Jay and I grew closer as friends…They had all kinds of issues, who owns the Roc-A-Fella name, this, that, and the third. It was all over the place.”

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17 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Damn, he killed Cormega with these Firm comments.

  • Acesun

    Everybody at one point in their careers had the fortunes of having that "Machine" behind them. Nas was destined to become international without the help of SS. Not sure why SS would even fathom that he "PUT" nas on the map, SS couldn't even write 8 bars muchless have anything creative to do with NAs career.

  • tah

    There are people that made an impact in this game, for example KRS 1. Nas is the product of growing up in that erra, he's like all thses golden erra cats combined into one, and still way more advanced than your mainstream, hipster!!

  • JG

    you didnt launch nobody nigga, Escobar made his own career off his own talent, dont try to take credit for another niggas career

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NAS & GAY-Z

    • YADUMB

      You my young brotha, are lost... you dont even understand the concept of watch the throne,. Black empowerment and uplifting our people as a whole , they spoke of socially conscious topics and past and current events. Honestly Wayne is enetrtaining to an ignorant mindthe only positive thing about Wayne is he is a black business man.

    • Anonymous

      ^ the same nigga who complains when wack rapper sell mad units is now using numbers to judge how good a rapper is.

    • i live hiphop

      when jay-z was 29 he released an album that went 5x platinum idk if wayne had done that

    • YADIG

      LIKE I GIVE A FUCK!!! U JUST A HATIN ASS NIGGA WHO REFUSES TO BELIEVE THAT THESE OLD ASS RAPPERS TIME IS UP!!! BITCH DON'T EVER TEST ME!! WAYNE IS DOING SHIT RIGHT NOW AT 29 THAT NIGGAS CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE!!

    • terrible, just terrible

      I'm starting to hate this site because of people like you. Nas and Jay are way more established than Wayne and they have substance, only substance Wayne has is that syrup, but he thrives on the ignorance of people like you. YA DIG?

  • Anonymous

    'fuck i'm doing at parties with hova and steve stoute?'

  • Anonymous

    Steve a real dude. He was aware of the potential that Nas had. He birthed many great rap careers.

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