News: Memphis Bleek Calls The Roc "Dead", Says No Bad Blood Toward Dame Dash
Friday, May 21, 2010 3:30PM
Jay-Z protege Memphis Bleek recently spoke on the status of Roc-A-Fella Records and shared his thoughts on Dame Dash resurrecting the company.
Despite Jay's past problems with Dame, Bleek said he has no ill will toward him.
"When I look at Jay, he's building something new. We were on Roc-A-Fella, but that's dead now," Bleek said in an interview. "I haven't spoken to Dame since I saw him in London a while back. Like I tell everybody, man, my feelings for Dame has never changed. He's never done anything wrong to me. He never took any food out of my mouth. My son eats the same way everyday. He's never done anything to me to say, 'D*mn, I hate that n*gga.' That's the same for Beanie [Sigel]. Those are my dudes. They saw me grow up, so I can't say anything bad about them. That's cowardice." (VIBE)
State Property's Peedi Crakk recently addressed whether or not he would re-join The Roc with Dash in charge.
"I could see that happening...but do I think it will? Doubt it," Peedi said in an interview. "I could visualize it like it was a beautifulcomeback or something. Dame is always for the artist. He tries to make his artist as big as they should be and he tries to work with whatever they give him. He's an artist in his own right, but getting the band back together would not happen because myself and others are really enjoying their own space. I love Dame as the boss of Roc-A-Fella at that time, but I was too young to really appreciate what was going on, business-wise. You don't realize it until you meet some new real a**holes that you want the old a**hole back." (XXL Mag)
Earlier this month, Dame said the label's first project would be rap newcomer Curren$y's debut.
"[Curren$y] inspired me to dust off the chains. We brought 'em out for kicks, just 'cause we could. Then we was like, 'F--- it, let's put it out through Roc-A-Fella.' It was really more something he wanted to do. Basically, 'cause we havin' such a good time, and the opportunity's there, we was like, 'Why not?' ... Def Jam or Universal bought the brand. I think the 'beef' [with us and Jay-Z] was that Jay made it clear he didn't want me or Biggs to be a part of it. That's really where it was at. Now that he doesn't work for Def Jam anymore, he doesn't have the right to use the name. So there's no reason for us not to use it. It's there, and it's a brand that's not being used. So I was like, 'I'll take it.' It always meant something to me." (MTV)
Last March, Bleek talked about Jay's relationship with Trey Songz and Young Jeezy.
"You know this dude Jay got an endless list of hits and that's what makes me say I need some new joints," Bleek said about Hov's touring gigs. "It's been cool, you know I knew Trey for a little while before when I was doing the club dates with him, now, to see him come and do his thing like he's doing now, it's just like come on, I'm always happy to see somebody gradually grow to a bigger success than they started, you know what I mean? Then Jeezy? Come on, that's the homie, He make me feel like, I left my team at home but like I got another rider out here on the road with me." ("Jenny Boom Boom")
Check out a recent Memphis Bleek interview below: