‘Musical Slavery,’ Junior Reid Says He Didn’t Make Money From ‘One Blood’ Collaboration With Game

Reggae and dancehall icon Junior Reid says he didn’t make a significant profit from his 2006 collaboration with The Game, titled It’s good (one blood)who extensively sampled the hook from his 1988 song a bloodand had featured Reid himself singing new lines.

It’s good (one blood) was the lead single from The Game’s album Doctor’s Lawyer, and it came at a time when the rapper’s career was in trouble.

While songs often make money in areas other than record sales and streams such as public performance revenue, sync licensing, merchandising, endorsements and appearance fees, according to Junior Reid , The Game and his associates are the ones who garnered the lion’s share of the track’s exploitation, as aside from record sales, he’s had very little else to show for it.

“A million dem meck offfa dat.. mi nuh meck meck no money offa a bloodcompared to the way they do di ting and do business…, because you know how it goes guh… mi meck a likkle ting, but at the end of the day it’s not just record money, but going out there as Junior Reid — that’s the exposure,” Reid argued.

He made the revelation on Math Hoffa’s podcast after the host said it was ‘surprising’ there was no a blood Second part with The Game.

During the interview, Reid said that while he always had respect for The Game, he was aware that, in most cases, management and labels were the ones in total control, and often could make decisions over which the artists had no say.

However, in his Instagram caption of the interview, he wrote “musical slavery”, which seems to indicate that he has a key issue in the way the song, in which he had an equal contribution to The Game , has been exploited unevenly.

“When Game dem uses my track, which is a Blood, he used my sample and he meck mi come back to sing it or re-sing a little part of ‘One Blood’, it’s the current voice in it. But the sample is from the original,” he explained. “And at the end of the day, mainly why they want me to come and sing this, maybe they want to bypass the sample, it feels like a new record. But this is not a new record. It is the same original sample.

“Yuh si, I like the game; mi love di whole a di yute dem becaw Jah is love and love conquers all… Suh mi naw guh put dung Game again,” he added.

According to Reid, he was also dismayed that he had never been included in any of the game’s live performances. a bloodand speculated that the reason might be because he had been reluctant to sign with a record label or accept Game’s then-manager Jimmy Henchman managing him as well.

“At the end of a day, me and him (The Game) never work a blood inna di stadium again. Because they never invite,” he said. “Because when you don’t sign they try to keep you out of certain stadiums and certain things…”

Junior Reid also took issue with being unceremoniously kicked out of a six-show series featuring himself and The Game, which was hosted by a promoter in Jacksonville at the time, after the rapper reportedly expressed doubts that the Jamaican was outshining him on stage. .

“The promoter came up to me and said, ‘we can’t continue this tour because even though we feel good touring with you – because Game asked if ‘is a Junior Reid Show or is a Game Show ‘…Is like him a seh The game has a vibe, but I wonder if a Jimmy Henchman, choo mi neva wants him to be mi management or him pick a Game management… Mi neva get fi this conversation with Game”, he revealed.

“So at the end of the day, the promoter comes and says to me… Let him pay me and take care of everything. It’s the only show I’ve done. I do not run any competition with any artist. Got me a guh on the first one. Mi naw guh an gwaan like me a di bomb,” he explained.

While the pair performed the song at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2006 and several other promotional events, Junior said he was never asked to accompany The Game on paid performances of the song, including the original was written by Junior Reid. , ahead of the 1989 general election in a bid to warn Jamaicans not to have a repeat of the bloody election of 1980, in which hundreds of lives were lost to political violence.

“How big One Blood is, it shouldn’t be just one single. But hopefully yuh caan guh gets an upcoming single; mi naw guh feel good to work with you again. But if I know it’s not your fault, ’cause there’s some politics within the record company, within management, we can meck tings look a way, suh mi nuh really know suh mi naw guh really doom Game,” he said.

“But I know wah gwaan, from me and you sing a blood all now wi nuh guh in a stadium; the only time i’m burnt out in the stadium is when am i free, i just did a promotion, i’m a BET, MTV.. and when the time comes now where bread breaks, no bread nuh break,” he said.

The game continued to benefit more from the song, which was included in the Def Jam: Icon video game for Xbox 360, in which the rapper appears as a playable character and provides his own voice and likeness.

An official remix of the song, 11 minutes and 50 seconds long, was released on November 7, 2006, featuring 25 of the biggest hip-hop artists including Game, Snoop Dogg, NAs, TI, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Pusha T and Jah Rule.

The Game has also developed three regional remixes: the One Blood Dirty South Remixthe West Coast One Blood Remix and the East Coast One Blood Remix featuring rappers from all three regions of the United States.