News: Memphis Bleek Goes For Dolo, "I Don't Want To Be Under Jay-Z's Shadow Forever"

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 9:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Memphis Bleek recently spoke on his current relationship with Jay-Z and how Hov will have a large hand in his upcoming album, The Process.

Confirming he no longer is under contract with Def Jam, Bleek expressed his aim to spark his Get Low Records.

"[The album] is called The Process," Bleek revealed in an interview. "Same album I was working on when everybody was under the Def Jam structure. But once Jay moved and did the Roc Nation thing, I hollered at him and told him I wanted to create my own umbrella to be a branch off Roc Nation...I don't want to be under Jay-Z's shadow forever. I feel like I'm gonna get criticized for that forever. So, yeah. It's one reason I want to do the Get Low thing. People will respect me more if I can show them I know how to walk on my own two. But I still got the big homie. He's setting up meetings with every distribution company for me. I'm just trying to see what's the best fit." (Vibe)

Bleek previously spoke on his label status and why he parted ways with Def Jam.

"Jay's the kindest n*gga that walk the face of this earth and everything ain't money," Bleek said in an interview. "N*gga gave everybody he knew that he came up with rhyming with opportunity, that's all you can ask for...You know Hov broke bread...I left Def Jam...I had options to put out another album on Def Jam but then I had a meeting with him and he made it real clear to me, 'Why do that, you got the opportunity right now to run your own company. I'ma get you the distribution deal for Get Low Records, you sign your artists, drop your albums under Get Low and I'ma still executive produce.'" (Hip Hop Beef)

He also hit up SOHH last year to discuss the concept behind Get Low.

"Roc-A-Fella for life," Bleek affirmed. "Even though Roc-A-Fella's in the blood, [Jay] gave me the opportunity to step out and make Get Low Records for my own company and really get all the proceeds, make all the money from my projects. And I don't think nobody right now, nobody's boss would let them do that in the position I'm in and still be on stage with them touring." (SOHH)

Bleek has over a decade of music alongside Jay.

Raised in Brooklyn, NY's Marcy Projects housing community, Bleek made his recorded debut in 1996 on Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt. A member of the Roc-A-Fella Records stable, Bleek made his solo debut in 1999 with Coming of Age. While his debut did warrant plenty of attention, he wasn't able to capitalize on the hype surrounding his debut, resulting in a questionable collection of songs. (All Music)

No further information has been released on The Process as of today (June 30).

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