Beanie Sigel Discusses Issues With Def Jam & Regrets About Jay-Z

Beanie Sigel reflects on issues at his former label, as well as with Jay-Z.

Though Beanie Sigel just released his sixth studio album, This Time, it doesn't mean he never thinks of his older projects.

In an interview with Complex, the former Roc-A-Fella emcee recalls dropping his acclaimed album The B. Coming, and how Def Jam didn't work the project properly. "The B. Coming, that came out when I was incarcerated, too. It went gold with no promotion, nothing," explained Beans. 'I did seven videos in two days and only one got airtime, and that was 'Feel it in the Air.'"

"Def Jam/Universal dropped the ball on that album," elaborated Beans, who looked at the project as a missed opportunity. "If I can go gold from sitting inside a jail cell, with no promotion or nothing, if they would have paid a little bit more attention to the album and seen what it was doing, then that could have been a platinum album. There’s no telling what it could have been if I was out."

"They dropped the album about five months before I was released. I adamantly requested for the album not to be released, for it to be released on my release date so I can capitalize off of that album monetarily. But they just threw it to the wolves. When I came home, they admitted their mistake. They dropped the ball on that album."

Sigel also discussed regrets about his relationship with Jay-Z, which went from a friendship to a one-sided beef, with Sig slinging bars at his old boss. Interestingly, the Broad Street Bully referenced some wisdom courtesy of Hov. "Jay got a song on Reasonable Doubt where he says, 'You gotta learn to live with regrets.' You can’t take it back. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a present. Unwrap it and enjoy the gift, man."

RELATED: Ruffhouse Records Releases Statement Addressing Beanie Sigel's Arrest

50 Comments

  • Blaque Ali

    Jay Z said in an interview that people who beef with him never say Jay did anything TO them, its that he didn't do FOR them. When do you take responsibility of your career and actions? Even Bleek had to learn that the hard way.

  • The Critic

    Shit ain't never been the same since Beanie was exposed as being gay on that youtube video. Now niggas don't even take him seriously when he say he's all gangster & shit. Smh!

  • Anonymous

    Beanz, you give these lames justification with their condescending trash talk about how you fucked up with jay z

  • Anonymous

    "Theres no telling what it could have been if I was out" Dude's acting like it would have sold 5 mill. You got paid off it. Stop living in the past.

  • JanusCL

    I still miss those days when Hov' would rap "...And the first thing I'ma do is free Sigel". They sounded like the were partners in crime!

    • harris89

      ^^Are you retarded? If you're gonna be an elitist jackass, get your shit right. The ORIGINAL Ignorant Shit came out in like '03-'04. So... who needs to go back and relearn their shit?

    • Anonymous

      Jay said that in Ignorant S*** on American Gangsta! Damn when will you young cats stop thinking hip hip just startd in 2007. How old are you? Sigel was first put on Vol 2 Resevoir Dogs with Jay, Sauce Money, and the Lox in 1998 dummy. ALSO Sigel has 6 albums. The Truth (GOLD), The Reason (GOLD), The B Coming (GOLD, The Solution, The Broadstreet Bully, and now This Time. He also had a gang of mixtapes and 2 State Property albums. Bet you didn't know the lead single and first ever single for Beans for The Truth album "The Truth" was produced by Kanye West in 1999! You need to go back and buy all the Rocafella albums from 96-2003 and learn!

  • Frank Wonder

    He said that only the "Feel it in the Air" video got play. Not true. "Don't Stop" also got play.

  • I'm not kanye or jay

    Stfu u don't know shit

  • Anonymous

    It's like he saying I fucked up but it's too late to repair that relationship.....I blame everything on fucking 50 cent.. 50 cent instigated the whole beef and he was going to sign beans if Jay wouldve responded or atleast received some fan support or attention..

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone ever thought that maybe Jay Z has FEELINGS? I'd be pissed too if my boy who I hooked up shitted on me.

  • Anonymous

    beanie dropped the ball by gettin locked up

  • Anonymous

    don't bite handz which feedin' ya

  • Anonymous

    Why do you keep putting blurbs about this dumb fuk when you could be promoting up n coming artists instead of this fukin idiot who get's arrested every day

  • OUCH!

    BORING......... beans. focus on something else then the "past"

  • Deborah

    Stopped reading when the guy talked about a jail cell. Pathetic. Makes you think about legends like MC Hammer, who never wasted their time breaking the law- but I guess they aren't hard enough.

  • So Icy Boi!

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  • Anonymous

    drugs are baaaaaaad

  • So Icy Boi!

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  • jay z

    i tried to help beans if the nigga dont want to help himself what can you do. i feel for dude but at the end of the day he just didnt want to do right. niggas want me to walk for them.

    • Kanye West

      jay & i even offered him beats but he did not want to fuck with la familia,roc nation, we in the building but still keep it basement...oh well. good luck and dont bend over to get the soap if you drop it.

  • Anonymous

    no wonder he addicted drugs he is scorned lover, he is mad that jay z left him for beyonce.

  • MAC DRE

    BEANS IS A REAL NIGGA ALRIGHT... A REAL STUPID ASS NIGGA!!! HE BELONGS IN THE PEN, HIS NIGGA LOGIC GOT HIM THERE.

    • Anonymous

      ^man for a nigga like this thats just begging to go jail this is fair game. going jail is easy do you know how many jails and prison there are haha they expect niggas to go to jail you can't enough rope to hang yourself with. and if you do gotdamn how times you going let them hang you. this is probably this niggas 5th time down. haha

    • NONO

      You a phony. The real never wish another man to prison. The real Mac Dre would spit in your face.

  • Durbey E.Macon

    I sent a tweet to @XXlmag and I will say the same thing again: I guess he is just keeping things real.

  • JAY-Z IS THE BEST RAPPER

    I see where Beans is coming from, but he can't forget that Jay-Z put him on with the Blueprint 2 album, Beans should be grateful for that and know not to bite the hand that fed him. Jay got multiple platinum albums that went #1, and if Beans would have stuck by Jay like a good label mate, than maybe he would know what it's like to have a Gold album, let alone platinum. Dude's only got like 2-3 albums and now he's doing 2-3 years behind bars. Damn Beans, what the hell happened?

    • Anonymous

      @ JAY-Z IS THE BEST RAPPER How old are you? Jay-z did not put Sigel with BP2. Sigel was first put on Vol 2 Resevoir Dogs with Jay, Sauce Money, and the Lox in 1998 dummy. ALSO Sigel has more than 2-3 albums. The Truth (GOLD), The Reason (GOLD), The B Coming (GOLD, The Solution, The Broadstreet Bully, and now This Time. He also had a gang of mixtapes and 2 State Property albums. Bet you didn't know the lead single and first ever single for Beans for The Truth album "The Truth" was produced by Kanye West in 1999! You need to go back and buy all the Rocafella albums from 96-2003 and learn!

    • Shamba Menelek

      Man its so obvious u didnt read the article. U just jerk off Jay what out reading a word. SmH

  • thefist

    Dear HipHopDX, stop asking this fool questions and let him go to jail with some bit of dignity. Please and thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for commenting that, so I don't have to type it myself. Ruffhouse brought HipHopDX or what ... ?

  • Mack

    i ever read about is past Beans you my man, but all ever hear in your interviews is old shit My dude lets get on the future train before you lose your ticket for good.

  • The_truth

    Thats the mentality that will get you no where Beans...... Always blaming somebody else. How can you be in Jail (not available to promote the record) but then its the label who dropped the ball? No, You dropped the ball. You were given everything Beans.... Everything.... Record Labels, Clothing Lines -- All this without ever going Plat. Beanie Sigel was given wayyyyyy more than Jay gave Bleek. Yet Bleek will tell you how lucky he was with the Rocafella crew, Beans will tell you about how unlucky he was....

    • Anonymous

      @truth. really the truth. look at kanye, jay z didn't even believe in him, but look what he made of himself. Jay believed in beanie more than most.

    • Anonymous

      ....real talk, it's not the fact that he can't stay out of his own way, it's just that he always blames others for his shortcomings....always....its never Bean's fault, in this case it was Def Jam's......

  • Anonymous

    Well, Beanie. Maybe if you took care of your career and avoided... I dunno... GETTING INTO TROUBLE, you would not have any regrets.

  • Anonymous

    broke ass drug addict nigga 'logic'... hey beans, tell us the one about Uncle Sam taking 20% of your bananas!

    • OK If You Say So !

      OK Peasant ,Now run away to STORMFROUNT and tell the rest of the trailer trash ,low intelligence internet soldiers how TUFF you are ...What a loser ! Lolz

    • Anonymous

      FCUKBOI LOGIC IF U WAS A "REAL N!GGA" U WOULD KNO UNCLE SAM DOES THAT ON THE REG UNLESS U A CORPORATION GETTING KICKBACKS WE LAUGHIN @ U HO

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