December 11, 2007

Jay-Z Talks Def Jam

The New York Daily News said last week that talks were stalling because you made some big demands. Is there any truth to that?

So from your perspective, do you think you'll be at Def Jam next year?
Yeah, I think — I don't know. Let me not even say that. I don't know. We'll see how it goes. But seriously, it's not about money. That's really the last thing. Of course, as a person that does these type of things and puts his heart and soul into it — and it's effective, as the Grammys would indicate — you want to be compensated for what you do. But it's really not about money. It's really about the future of the music business, and not wasting anyone's time. I don't ever want to sit in a seat just to sit in a seat. I could be off doing something else that's beneficial to the future of the music business as well as myself. So it's not about money! I mean, you couldn't pay me enough. And I don't mean that in a cocky way.

Does something like these Grammy nominations change that equation for you at all? Does that make you excited about staying in this position?
Nah. I always knew what we were doing. Even if the outside world didn't know what we were doing, I knew the plan was to make great music and we'll get through all adversities, all the trouble of the music business, with great music. 'Cause great music gon' win at the end of the day. Not gimmicks, not fads. Just great music.

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