It’s no secret that Harlem-born rapper Juelz Santana hasn’t released an album since his 2005 LP, What’s The Game’s Been Missing!, which sold over 698,000 copies, according to some research that the editors and I did over at XXL magazine, for the November 2009 Def Jam issue. Ju Ju’s forthcoming LP Born To Lose Built To Win has been constantly pushed back since it originally released date back in 2007, because of label issues.
One of the label issues was an ongoing feud with members of the Harlem Diplomat crew, including Juelz, Cam’ron, and Jim Jones. In an interview with New York’s Hot 97′s radio DJ Miss Info, back in August of 2008, Cam’ron revealed, he “sold Juelz’s contract to parent label Def Jam for $2 million.” Juelz hit up Miss Info, confirming the split. “Yeah, I’m free!! And ready to do me,” Juelz noted in the e-mail. “But it’s still Dip Set 4 life!! It’s just going to be a new chapter! Ju Ju later went on to address his relationship with Kill Cam, “I have no hard feeling for Cam, after all, he did give me a chance!!! But I will say this: I was loyal to him and he took advantage.”
On August 13,2008, Elz did an interview with MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1592941/20080815/santana_juelz.jhtml and spoke about being upset for Cam saying, he was sold for $2 million. “I was upset about the part of me being ‘sold for $2 million,’ ” Santana told MTV News. “At times like this, nobody is trying to ‘sell’ me. I could have come out and said, ‘Oh, yeah, Cam got bought out.’ But I didn’t go that route. They just gotta watch me move. We gonna make it hot.” Elz also said that Cam blocked some of his collaborations, Juelz has tried to make guest appearances on some of his peers’ songs, but he said Cam wouldn’t clear the collaborations. In some cases, such as a Nike commercial and Chris Browns “Run It!,” the head of the Dipset sued the people Santana worked with for compensation.