Former Def Jam records recording artist Jayo Felony and his new song, "True'd Up (The Crip Anthem)," aren't only causing a commotion in the streets; they've making a stir in the boardrooms as well, according to the rapper.
Jayo claims that serious politicking has taken place to strike the song a shout-out to the Crips which also features several indirect Jay-Z disses from the upcoming Henchmen Entertainment compilation, Bullet Proof Love, Vo1. 1.
"Jay-Z snitched to [Def Jam head Lyor Cohen] and tried to keep the song from being put out," Jayo said. "We got calls from Lyor and everybody about not putting this record out. I feel like this: If we're on the streets, keep it on the streets. Don't go to the higher-ups."
The Henchmen album is being distributed through Motown, a sister company to Def Jam in the Universal Music Group family tree.
"They're trying to say it's a East Coast/West Coast thing, and it's not," said the California native, who added that he also has a dis record aimed at Snoop Dogg on his upcoming album, Crip Hop. "['True'd Up'] is coming out on an East Coast record label; it was recorded on the East Coast, and an East Coast [producer] made the track. They can't make this no East Coast/West Coast sh--, 'cause I got too much love out there."
Jay-Z was unavailable for comment. Henchmen Entertainment CEO Jimmy Henchmen supported the rapper's claims, saying he was pressured to take the song off the album. The company sent out a press release early last week detailing Henchmen's alleged plight, saying Jay-Z was trying to use his influence to impede the song's release.
"It's like [Jay-Z] called the police on me," Henchmen said. "I couldn't understand why he felt so strong about the record. Rap was built on dis records. He dissed n---as on records before, talking about [how] he's 'the one' and all this. He can't feel he's untouchable."
"True'd Up" starts with Jayo rhyming in a cadence similar to Jay-Z's at the beginning of "Parking Lot Pimpin'." He then references Jigga's "Streets Is Talking": "Talkin' about, 'Is he a Blood or is he a Crip?!'/ N---a I'll sock that f----t in his big-ass lips" (see "Next Jay-Z LP In Works; Beanie Sigel's Reason Is Clear").
He goes on to say, "And the only 'J' I know is Bullet Loco/ N---a! J-A-Y-O, fa sho', F-E-L-O, N-Y see me ... then die." Felony said one of the factors that inspired him to write the record was what he considered to be Jay's "disrespect for the West."
"My thing was, how's a n---a gonna make a song like 'Change the Game' where he talks about 'I wear more bling to The Source and Soul Train [awards shows] ... and n---az won't do a thing'?" Jayo said. "He knows it ain't going down like that."
Both awards shows have been held on the West Coast, and every year rumors circulate about celebrities getting robbed for money and jewelry worn to the events by gang members. On "True'd Up," Jayo warns, "It's some thirsty-ass sharks out here, but you know well/ They schooled ya like, 'Don't go pass that Fat Burgers on La Cienega/ Them n---az'll jack you, ya bitch too, bodyguard and manager."
Despite his rancor, Jayo, who has publicly expressed his gripes with Def Jam for their alleged lack of backing when he signed with them, said he's not seeking revenge on his former employers by taking jabs at one of their top sellers.
"If their artist would've never said that funny sh-- out his mouth, I wouldn't have never have to say anything about Jay-Z," Jayo said. "I don't need Def Jam. I made my own name."
Henchmen Entertainment's Bullet Proof Love Vol. 1 is due in stores on June 5, and Jayo Felony's Crip Hop is slated to be released on his own Loc Records in the summer.