With news of Sean Garrett signing with Roc Nation/Columbia Records, the once free agent finally has a place to call home.
Over the past several years, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer has written and produced Top 10 hits for the likes of Beyoncé, Usher, and Britney Spears, earning him the Jay-Z-anointed nickname “The Pen."
However, Garrett’s hit-making ability hasn’t come without a misstep. Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj’s debut solo single, “Massive Attack,” which S.G. produced, failed to match expectations on radio and Billboard charts. The lemon of a single is reportedly being omitted from Pink Friday's final cut.
“That’s a disappointment. A lot of people loved that record and she really wanted it—I didn’t push it on her," Garrett tells VIBE on “Massive Attack” being cut from Minaj's debut album. "The decision she made is all her though. But I’m a hit-maker, so it doesn’t matter to me.”
Garrett says there's no love lost with the Young Money starlet and remains open to working with Nicki again.
“Massive Attack” was huge sonically, but I don’t think it had the kind of radio success that she or I wanted. At the same time, it had a lot to do with how we rolled out with it,” he adds. “Nicki is a different type of artist. She is a pop icon, not just a rapper. I think the only people who don’t know that are her fans.”
Even with the record’s lukewarm response, Garrett feels he gave Nicki what he felt she needed as a crossover artist. Looking forward on his future with Roc Nation, The Pen is looking to push urban music's boundaries and widen his musical range.
“I’m a trendsetter—I’m not into following. I had 42 Top 10 records under my belt so I’m not worried about one missed opportunity."
Sean Garrett recently released the remix to his single “She Geeked,” which features Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and Twista. S.G. says he plans to drop his Roc Nation debut in early 2011. —Mikey Fresh