Consequence claims he once saved Big Sean’s GOOD Music contract and his dignity – REVOLT | WHs Answers

On the latest episode of “Drink Champs,” NORE and DJ welcomed EFN Consequence to cover his upcoming album, working with Kanye West, JAY-Z who almost signed him, and more.

Born in Queens, New York, the musician laid the groundwork for his career by rapping alongside Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest, and starring in 1996’s cult classics “Stressed Out,” “Phony Rappers,” and more. Consequence then established himself through a series of independent releases before collaborating with Kanye West, who later signed him to his label GOOD Music in 2005. The two musicians worked extensively together in the early years of West’s career, with Consequence dating to “Starships”. The college dropout and Late registration outstanding cut “Gone”.

The rapper only released his debut album in 2007 Don’t quit your day job, starring John Legend, GLC, DJ Khaled and West. It was his first and last full-length project under GOOD Music when he left the label in 2011. That same year, the musician also co-wrote Beyoncé’s hit “Party.”

Meanwhile, Consequence released a series of episodes for him Movies on Demand mixtape series. Much of the success achieved in the latter part of his career came from songwriting, production and features. Notably, he featured on a whopping five tracks of A Tribe Called Quest’s 2016 album. We got it from here… Thank you 4 your service.

In addition, Consequence worked on Kanye Wests HerKids See Ghosts’ self-titled project and Selah JESUS ​​IS KING. The musician also contributed a lot to this last year donda, including songs like “Hurricane,” “Jonah,” and “Junya.” Consequence’s latest single, “Blood Stain,” was released earlier this year and sees the rapper reuniting with Ye as he prepares for his upcoming album. Nice doing business with you.

Below are nine fun facts we learned from Consequence’s Drink Champs interview. Check them out and make sure you tune in to the full episode here.

1. That Q-Tip’s mother was the reason he was in The Chase, Part II

Consequence’s entry into the rap game came through Queens-based hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest. Although the rapper only started working with the group in 2016, their history stretches back to the early ’90s when he appeared in a remix of “The Chase, Part II.” The record was released exclusively on the B-side of Tribe’s “Award Tour” single in 1993.

“Q-Tip’s mom actually saw what I was doing and she ended up being like a cheerleader to Tip for me [being given] the opportunity to do ’93, ‘The Chase, Part II’. Shout out to Mama Davis,” he shares.

2. About his frustration at not getting paid to appear on Netflix Jeen-Yuhs

Netflix’s three-part Kanye West documentary released in January Jeen-Yuhs documents the icon’s rise from local producer to one of the most influential musicians and creatives of this generation. Directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, the film was nominated for Best Music Documentary at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards upon its release. While the musician’s fans and peers shared their praise for the documentary online, Consequence is among the few to voice his concerns, explaining that he’s missing out on crucial parts of West’s career and pointing out that despite appearing in the film, he’s not paying became.

“I’m not going to be on Netflix and I’m not getting a check. It’s against my principles. It’s not Ye, let’s be clear. Ye does really great business. I take my hat off to him even when I look inside from the outside. If anyone knows the extent of our relationship, we’ve done great deals over the years,” Consequence said. “It didn’t fully explain to me how me and Ye met, the deal we arranged and it’s Kanye’s documentary so it’s ok.”

Referring to documentary film directors Coodie & Chike, Consequence states, “They didn’t bill it that way. The problem then becomes that this Ye documentary…once someone picks it up on a platform like Netflix, they’re going to assume that this is the truth, that this is the occurrence of events and how it went.” He later addresses it to confront the directors about appearing in all three episodes of the series but not getting paid.

3. When I almost signed with Roc-A-Fella

Halfway through the interview, Consequence reveals that JAY-Z eventually wanted to sign him. However, he turned it down because he wasn’t in the right room at Q-Tip, who he was signed to at the time. Still, the Queens rapper previously admitted to ghostwriting Hov’s 2003 song “Encore.” Interview with Power 106 Los Angeles.

“I was still signed to Q-Tip through The Ummah. I was supposed to sign with Roc-A-Fella, that’s why it was so ironic. Not originally planned, but JAY was very interested in picking me up,” he shares. “He spoke to Q-Tip about me and at the time, me and Q-Tip were going through a lot of personal things, so I didn’t go down that path, but I kind of ended up going in that direction anyway.”

4. On the evolution of Yeezys since Kanye West’s early sketches

Adapting from the conversation with Ye, Consequence briefly discusses his growing sphere of influence and collaboration with West ahead of his debut as a designer. Regarding their relationship and shoes, he shares, “Here’s the thing. For me it wasn’t Yeezys, it was the sketch pad he was drawing sneakers on. Before it was something to be on the friends and family list for, it was just an idea, a dream. Before it brought out our dreams, it was dreams I wanted to get out.”

“Kanye has never been someone who fought for money. His mothers were wealthy in terms of influence and career in Chicago. I never saw Kanye fight,” Consequence later admits. “He had dreams he wanted to achieve and it was more about having the tools. So when I said earlier that I’m the one that he would rap with, who he would take rap from, etc., it’s real.

5. How he saved Big Sean from being dumped by GOOD Music

Last year, Drink Champs alumni and frequent collaborators Kanye West and Big Sean sat down with DJ EFN and NORE to sort out their issues with each other (separately). During the interview with Yes, he said signing the Detroit rapper was the “worst thing I’ve ever done.” Thankfully, the couple reconciled earlier this year. However, Consequence seemingly interferes in their situation, saying that he saved Big Sean from being banned from GOOD Music earlier in his career.

“I saved Big Sean’s dignity. I will never tell a Big Sean story that I personally know. He and you did their one-two thing up here. I don’t do that with Sean, but Sean was my little man when he was signed,” the rapper explains. “If you go to YouTube, you’ll see Sean being introduced as a member of GOOD Music at my show at the Knitting Factory. Kanye came out as a surprise guest, Q-Tip came out as a surprise guest. I had Sean and Kid Cudi, and that’s what they wanted.”

6. On collaborating with Beyoncé on Party and Faith Evans on Stressed Out

Among the long list of musicians he has worked with, Consequence claims he is one of the few rappers to have made music with both Faith Evans and Beyoncé. In 1996, he and Evans starred in A Tribe Called Quest’s “Stressed Out.” Beats, rhymes and life. He also got to do backing vocals and co-write Queen Bey’s hit “Party,” which later peaked at #2 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and earned a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 54th Grammy Awards.

He says, “I’ve worked with Beyoncé and Faith, so I’m probably one of the few hosts who’ve ever worked with Biggie’s and JAY-Z’s wives. Hello at me. They were both singles, they weren’t album cuts. “Stressed Out,” hit single. “Party”, number one at Urban [Radio]. I’m the one, nigga,” he insists.

7. Falling out with Q-Tip and later burying the hatchet

In the early 2010s, Q-Tip and Consequence squashed their beef after Consequence stated that Q and Kanye West were not supporting his career. Towards the end of 2011, he posted a picture with Q and his son to confirm that they get along well. When asked why the two musicians quarreled, Cons shares that they have had arguments several times in the past. “There’s a fine line. I think the number one emotion for an artist to make them walk [crazy] is disappointment. There have been times when I’ve been disappointed, but sometimes Q-Tip has brought the kind of possibilities into my life that I can’t measure — even with joy. At one point in my life my name was Ray Tip. Me and Q-Tip are that close.”

8. When diagnosed with lupus and diabetes

In 2020, Consequence revealed he was diagnosed with lupus and initially feared it was COVID-19. He shares that, unfortunately, doctors misdiagnosed him because information about the virus wasn’t that widely available at the time. Thus, the drug he was prescribed increased his hepatic glucose production, which led to the rapper also developing diabetes.

“During the pandemic I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus and Type 1 Diabetes and it kind of shook me to be honest. I went down to 107 pounds and the doctors basically told me if I wasn’t taking certain medications it would be Royal Gilmore. They call me Gilmore Funeral Homes. In the video it was a record, I started honestly coming back to life. That part of the roller coaster wasn’t fun.”

9. About working with DJ Kay Slay before his death

Veteran New York DJ Kay Slay solidified his legacy through a series of mixtapes and collaborative efforts in the 2000s before passing away earlier this year. Before he died, he collaborated with Consequence on Rolling 110 Deep, a record featuring 110 artists including Dave East, Styles P, Raekwon and Jim Jones. Reflecting on his death, the rapper says, “Kay Slay will definitely be missed.”

“It’s so crazy that he died of COVID. The thing about the pandemic that I don’t think people will ever fully understand is the number of deaths that we’ve had to deal with in real time because of social media,” he adds.

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