Koch Responds To Haystak Comments

Koch has responded to recent allegations by rapper

Haystack that the label "mutilated" his product. In a recent interview

with AllHipHop.com, Haystacks compared his relationship with Koch to that of

a battered woman.

"It was thanks to KOCH/In The Paint that

Def Jam knew who Haystak was," the label told AllHipHop.com in a statement.

"Our first single, "Reckon" was a 1000 BDS Spin hit."

Haystak was referring to his last album, The

Natural, which was released via Koch/In The Paint. Haystak was unhappy with

the results of the album.

"They put the album out on July twenty-somethin’,

and I sat down on July twenty-somethin’. I stopped movin’, and made

it very clear that after the shortcomings of The Natural, I would never

hand over another product to them, Haystak said. "I took their phone calls

that’s about it."

While Koch disagrees with Haystak, the label

harbors no animosity towards him.

"It is important to note that Def Jam and

KOCH did this deal together sharing the vision that Haystak has a chance to

be a major artist. We wish him all the best in the future."

Haystak is preparing to release his next album,

Return Of Mak Million.