Funny I was just reading Jay-Z’s book, Decoded and on page 130-131 it says:
In the streets there aren’t written contracts. Instead, you live by certain codes. There are no codes and ethics in music because there are lawyers. People can hide behind their lawyers and contracts and then rob you blind. A lot of street cats come into the music game and expect a certain kind of honor and ethics, even outside of contracts. But in business, like they say, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. So I mind my business and I don’t apologize for it.
Its cunning to see Jim Jones and Jay-Z have something small like this in common.
In Thisis50′s interview with Jim Jones, at the 4:13 mark, Jimmy states some of the best advice he’s ever got is, “You get what you negotiate, not what you deserve. Hope you can negotiate, what you deserve.“