Hip-Hop Trade Demands: Rappers Who Need To Join New Teams


In the spirit of NBA free agency and Dwight Howard looking like the Black Brett Favre, I figured it was time we looked at some of the Rap rosters and figure out who would benefit from a trade. And for the record, I don’t have a major issue with Howard asking for a trade, we all can be a bit indecisive at times…just shut the fuck up until you know what  you wanna do or you’ll look like a crazy ass broad. That said, let’s focus.

Da Brat
Current Label: So So Def?
I’m not sure if this is the label, but either way, that’s even more reason to demand a trade. If folks don’t know who’s label you’re on, there is a problem. I’m the biggest Brat fan I know but  I call it like I see it…and that last mixtape was pretty terrible. Was it the layoff? Was it a rush? I can’t even call it that because her last album before that mixtape was pretty bad too. After three albums netting platinum or gold, that last one failed to even chart and that was in 2003, everyone got a plaque back then.

New Label: Shady – Da Brat is lyrically and technically one of the illest females to touch the mic…I’d go as far as to say one of the illest period. She reminds me a lot of a female version of Em. She can flip her flow, spit rapidly, and flip syllables with ease. Plus, as we’ve seen, Eminem has a good ear for beats that make the rhymes sound just that much better. Besides, having Brat collab with Yelawolf, the House and Em himself could be insane. How many other signed females could keep up?

Bow Wow
Current Label: Cash Money

I’m on record as saying that Bow on CM would be platinum. Up to this point, we’ve heard little more than 2 singles and a lot of pushbacks from this album that has been about 3 years in the making. Guys don’t rock with Bow and with his fanbase being comprised of mostly women, maybe it’s time Bow Wow realize that his money isn’t with the thug image and being tough, he should just max out and be a young LL.

New Label: Maybach Music – I’m also on record as saying that Maybach has some of the best, lush, production in the game. Rozay’s slower hits in the lush Maybach Music series  would fit some stylized raps for the women perfectly. It may be time to drop the name Bow Wow and change his entire style up, and with Maybach, Mr. 106&Park could really do some damage.

Trae Tha Truth
Current Label: Grand Hustle

I was slow on the draw with Trae da Truth, but my respect for him goes beyond the music, dude really has a good head on his shoulders. His signing with Grand Hustle was one of those moments that confused the Wolfpack unanimously. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but since being signed, Trae has nothing but bulletwounds  to show… not that they are related…

New Label: Rap-A-Lot – Few signings are more of a no-brainer than this one. Z-Ro is his boy and he’s on Rap-A-Lot. The label was once the flagship of the south and now seems to be a forgotten brand in the landscape. Partnering with Bun B and such an iconic sound and brand would be huge for not just himself, but the label itself.

J. Cole
Current Label: Roc Nation
Debut album went Gold, 4 singles including a Gold and Platinum single…so why demand a trade? It’s simple, Jay is still rapping, and has added being a dad and some insanely rich lifestyle to his schedule. He doesn’t have time for Cole. Matter of fact, Cole stated that he pretty much runs his own project…so why is he with Roc Nation again? This is all my opinion, but J dropped 4 singles in 3 years from this album. The Throne dropped 7 singles in about 2 years. Sure, Def Jam pushing it and Jay and Ye being bigger draws matters,  but my nigga Cole ain’t even get a feature on the album. It’s time to take care of the home team.

New Label: It’s A Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG)/Jamla – We know that 9th can make produce the shit out of an album, and while this is a bit of a homer pick, just like Trae it makes complete sense. J.Cole is a throwback, his album proved that he has an artistic approach to his albums and isn’t focused on just making loose singles. 9th has that soulful production that makes projects sound like moments in time. The two would be amazing together. Plus, the underground appeal of Jamla works perfect for the Cole fans that don’t want to see him become the latest in the “what happened to” name game.

Waka Flocka Flame
Current Label: 1017 Brick Squad / WB

There’s a disconnect somewhere. I’m not a Waka Fan, but when you are as visible as he was/is (depending on who you ask) and you move 37k and 33k on your first week, something seems off. Maybe the label, who does keep dude in rotation… isn’t putting  him in the right rotation or something? I’m not sure, but those that like his music buy it…eventually. Insanely, he still doesn’t have a plaque outside of “No Hands”

New Label: YMCMB – It just feels right to me, am I alone? Again, I’m not the biggest fan, but some of the beats Weezy gets laced with the high energy…um…rapping…that Waka does seems tailor made. YMCMB is signing everyone these days anyway, so this seems logical to me. Waka and Weezy haven’t done a song together yet? Why not?

Who do you think should demand a trade?

Saule Wright *the "e" is silent* is a chill cat that loves his Hip-Hop and R&B music. At times, he may throw in a few extra words here and there in his reviews, but he makes an effort to comment on the track, the lyrics, and other elements in each song when doing nappyafro's legendary track by track process. If he's not wandering around nappyafro.com trying to spark conversation, you'll find him either on soulections.com or twitter doing the same. Respected by many, disrespected by many, and respectful of both.
  • DJ LP

    No Nas or Lupe to Good Music??

    • This Guy

      Nah man…only to trade Big Sean and probably Q-Tip.

    • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

      I think Nas to GOOD music would be one of the worst moves ever. To be quite frank, I don’t know that GOOD music can even do anything forreal yet.

  • iKhan

    Completely disagree with your suggestion for Trae. Why would he go BACK to Rap-A-Lot? Hell, Z-Ro already left for his own label, and it’s on record that J. Prince is shit as their chief executive. No Rap-A-Lot artist ever received any serious promotion for their albums, and as a result, Z-Ro’s one of the most talented, yet under-appreciated artists of his time.

    If anything, Ro needs to join Grand Hustle. I just hope that TI doesn’t still hold a grudge against the guy who collaborated on with Lil Flip on an album dissing him, “Kings of The South”.

    • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

      valid points

    • B-Easy

      Let’s keep it real though, is Grand Hustle really any better for Trae? True, J. Prince offers his artists barely any promotion, but T.I. dropped the ball on projects from Killer Mike & Young Dro. Iggy Azalea is without a real label and do you really think he can push Chip(munk) in the U.S.? I think at this point Trae should’ve just went indie and been done with it.

      • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

        as I’m learning from twitta, folks just got a special thing for Trae. Nobody can say that Grand Hustle is a better move than even going indie. Look at the GH roster, they don’t do shit over there. But something about saying Trae should go elsewhere or go to Rap-A-Lot…that’s the shit they don’t like. Maybe it’s the whole “he made it” idea of signing with a major…iono, but yeah. You’re dead on B-Easy.

  • This Guy

    I can definitely see these all working out for the best. Idk bout Waka though. Hahaha.

    • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

      yeah, Waka is sum’n else. lol

  • B-Easy

    Even Ross can’t save Bow Wow’s career at this point.

    • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

      lmao, you think it’s over for the kid?

      • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.a.harkness Maxwell Harkness

        well i mean he can’t rap, so thats kind of a career killer.

        • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

          c’mon son, how many cats are in the game printing money that can’t rap. lol.

          • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.a.harkness Maxwell Harkness

            Well I mean, there are tons of rappers that are getting money but aren’t any GOOD at rapping, but they can actually do it. A modern day Bow Wow freestyle is just off beat, swagger jacking, all sorts of terribleness. He’s one of a league of few who actually CAN’T rap, at least anymore he can’t.

          • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

            I ain’t judgin’ these cats freestyles, most of t hem don’t even do that anymore. But technically, he seems to be the same as he ever was to me. We got cats like Waka and Gucci running around, I can’t see Bow being one of those that can’t rap. He doesn’t have any substance for guys, thus he should go the female route. But “can’t” rap? that don’t sound accurate to me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.a.harkness Maxwell Harkness

            Gucci can rap though… As for Waka, his lack of rapping is in the same vein of DMX, the aggression of the music kind of halted the rapping ability, but added to the music (Triple F is pretty bad, because he abandons that aggression). But dude, also listen to some of his recent songs, and they’re also sloppy, uncreative terribleness.

            Maybe can’t rap is a bit extreme, but his abilities are incredibly lacking, especially considering all of his successful era was when other guys were writing songs for him.

  • waynz

    how bout cole to G.O.O.D??

    • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

      I’m kinda shocked at how many folks are suggesting GOOD music.

    • rippd

      ye’ would definitely show cole more love (pause)

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.a.harkness Maxwell Harkness

    Yelawolf to indepedent… dude just needs the urgency in order for his music to be as great as Trunk Muzik was.

  • King Jerm

    Cole signing to 9th would be the WORST! His problem is he’s boring at times…why would you want him rapping over 9th’s boring ass beats?

    • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

      lol, see, I don’t think Cole is boring nor are 9th’s beats.

    • This Guy

      If it was ONLY 9th, yeah. I could be even worse if Cole merged his production style like 9th. Cuz dudes on his team already kinda do that.

  • Edelson Buanahagi

    I couldn’t agree more with Cole vociferously demanding a trade. Tryin to shine under Jay’s shadow is doing nothing but hurting his career. I think it’s about time rappers stop getting their pants moist after a compliment from Hov, mentioning that shit on every song they can rhyme with it and prayin to sign with his ass. Cole need a trade big time and at this point it’s like any other team in the game making moves would help his career much better – if he got signed to 9th I feel he’d fade into that whole Little Brother route. Not too sure about G.O.O.D music but I’d take it over Roc Nation…