Based on his lyrics from a leaked song entitled “Queenz,” the 20-year marriage between LL Cool J and Def Jam Records will end with an ugly divorce. While Uncle L professes his love for the original Def Jam founders, he also voices his displeasure with the current power structure.
“I Wish Rick and Russell was back I miss the old Def Jam/cause them new monkeys act like they don’t know who I am,” are among the barbs found on the first track from LL‘s upcoming album Exit 13.
While some feel the verse added fuel to the rumors that he is feuding with his label mate and Def Jam President Jay-Z, the self-proclaimed “Greatest of All Time” stated otherwise.
“I was never angry at Jay-Z,” LL told the New York Daily News. “My issues were with the company, the way they pushed younger artists to the wayside. They deserve to be heard. As a New Yorker, I would love to hear more local artists. This is America. Artists should have a platform.”
Exit 13 is scheduled to be released during the fourth quarter of 2008, with 50 Cent rumored to be handling executive production duties.