Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique “negotiations” ever. Doug won the toss but, we both won in the end. I thank him for allowing me to be a completely independent artist. Not every artist can say they own or are given the opportunity to own all of their music.
– Jay-Z via Rap Radar
I've been saying this for about 2 years now, these major record label's days are numbered. Just look at artist Soulja Boy, Drake, Kid Dudi, Charles Hamilton and Niki Minaj, there is only one thing responsible for there current buzz and success and that's the Internet. No amount a marketing dollars from a record label could have done that all you need is buzz and a manager these days to get it poppin. It's not like album sales are a big deal anymore what really matters is that your doing shows.