The lyric "Monop in this bitch, get a change of climate" from Kanye West's "I Am A God" references the Chicago veteran, John Monopoly, who used to manage West before their amicable split in 2004. Monopoly had recently been managing King Louie, who as you probably noticed, had the only guest rap verse on Yeezus. Monopoly discusses how this came about, as well as the status of his relationship with Kanye, and his recent split from Lawless, Inc., the label responsible for Louie and Katie Got Bandz.
Here are some choice quotes from the interview with XXL:
“Monop’ in this bitch, get a change of climate…” How’d you feel about that line and Kanye shouting you out?
[Laughs] Yeah, it definitely caught me by surprise. Don C had told me that he said it at the MET Gala, but I hadn’t heard it until the other day. So, when I heard it I was really excited and just happy to know that you know me and my bro were back, getting you know, getting the work. You know how artists can be. And that’s not necessarily with business, that’s just with us being where we need to be, just to be clear.
So with that said, what’s you relationship like with Kanye now, after that split you two a while back?
I mean that’s my brother, you know. You know, we’ve done some stuff together, I’d rather not say really what’s going on as far as our business or whatever we’re doing. It’s just I think we were apart for a while, and now I think we’re kind of moving in the direction to be back in the original—. I mean, I don’t know. I mean that’s just my brother, and we were apart for a while, and we’re not really apart like that no more. I’ll just say it like that.
Congrats on King Louie’s Yeezus feature.
Yeah, King Louie, yeah absolutely. Thanks. He’s prominently featured on the album and you know we [both] were blessed to go to Paris a couple of times and work with ’Ye. He ended up on the “Send It Up” record and it’s been getting like rave reviews, really killing Chicago. We’re getting calls from all over about it, so it’s a true blessing. I kind of want to properly thank ’Ye for looking out and Louie for being dope enough to even be considered because [he] is definitely talented enough to get the next one.
How did the Louie connection with Kanye happen?
Well, when I first signed Louie, I started playing him for people and when I decided that we were going to do some business I started telling my cousin Don, Don C, about you know, the new artist I was working with or whatever and him being, you know that’s like my real cousin, so it’s like we always support each other. And he made it a point to bring it to ’Ye early. Like this is something that I had announced I’m working on, and then he was a fan of Louie too, so it just made sense. He was like, “Yo I’m going to support you because you’re my cousin, but I’m also going to support you because he is the ill new dude.” So really this is all really speaks to Don making it a point to present Lou to ’Ye and then ‘Ye just being a visionary and having that ear, he identified the same things that I had identified in Lou, you know what I’m saying. So that’s really how it went down.
Check out the rest of the interview here.
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