Former Roc-A-Fella artist Just Blaze has broken silence on his past rift from Dipset’s Cam’ron despite making multiple hit records together including their 2002 anthem, “Oh Boy.”
According to Blaze, their separation grew severe during the early 2000’s internal problems at the Roc.
It was an incident surrounding a Dipset chain that stood out in Just’s mind. “I walked into the studio one day and Cam said to me, ‘You should’ve been Dipset,’ ” he said. “He had just bought like 10 Dipset chains, so I was like, ‘I need my chain — wassup?’ ” A week passed, and Blaze again asked Cam about securing a Diplomats piece. “He was like, ‘Yo, I had the chain but you should’ve been Dipset,’ ” Blaze recalled Cam’ron saying. “I said, ‘I’m Dipset just as much as I am State Property, just as I am Get Low, just as I am Roc-A-Fella.’ ” (MTV)
While an eventual apology later took place, Just said Cam cut off association with him for a period of time.
The breaking point in Cam and Blaze’s relationship came after a studio mix-up. According to Just, the Diplomats CEO booked studio time, expecting Blaze to show up to work, even though the producer never agreed to the date and time. Around the same time, Blaze reached out to Killa Cam to record a feature he was producing for Mariah Carey. After exchanging a few emails, the two got on the phone, at which time, according to Blaze, Cam said: “F you, F your beats. It’s no drama, we’re just not F’in with you no more.” Just Blaze went on to say that Cam’ron eventually apologized and that he harbors no ill will towards the Harlem rapper, but “the relationship was never the same.” (MTV)
In addition to the chart success, Just and Cam’s “Oh Boy” received a Grammy nomination following its 2002 release.
The song samples “I’m Going Down” by Rose Royce. It held the number one spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles for five weeks straight. It also held the number one spot on the Hot Rap Tracks. It peaked at number four on The Billboard Hot 100. The song is produced by Just Blaze who originally made the song for Memphis Bleek. The song ranked 89th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. (Wikipedia)
Last summer, Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash spoke on his separation from Jay-Z around 2005 over Reasonable Doubt masters ownership.
Jay decided to sever business ties with his fellow founders; their stake in the company was sold back to Island Def Jam for a reported $10 million, while controlling interests in the remaining clothing, film, and alcohol ventures were sliced up. Jay signed a three-year contract to become president and CEO of Def Jam–a position he would leave in 2008 for Live Nation. He offered the rights to the name “Roc-a-Fella” to Dash and Biggs in exchange for the recording masters to Reasonable Doubt, but the pair wouldn’t make the deal. “We all earned those masters,” Dash says.This turn of events remains bewildering. “The people that I was helping, once they realized their dreams, they did what a criminal would do,” Dash continues. “They stabbed you in the back. Think about the frustration of building a brand for years that should be taking care of your family, and then the person that was the closest to you saying, ‘Nah, you can’t have no parts of it,’ and flushing it.” (Village Voice)
Check out the “Oh Boy” music video below: