Former Roc-A-Fella Records rapper Memphis Bleek has explained his recent hiatus from the music scene and defended clocking in family rather than studio time.
Bleek said he has invested attention to his son and is not rushing any new music.
“I’ve been in the cut, raising my son, doing the family thing and leaving music on the backburner a little bit,” Bleek explained during his first appearance on the show. “It’s like Jay said: ‘The rap game reminds you of the crack game.’ I been away so long, you can’t just come back selling product; you’ve gotta give away some testers so they know you got the raw. It’s just what it is.” (MTV)
The Brooklyn rapper said his record company has also gone on a brief hiatus.
“Get Low Records took a break a little bit,” he said, addressing the lull in music. “My man H. Money Bags got incarcerated after we dropped the record; he’s just coming home. My man Geda K, he was out there doing his thing. Livin’ Proof, Calico, everybody just went their own way as grown men to do their thing. But we’re all family at the end of the day. I just spoke to everybody. We’re trying to put this thing back together and get Get Low where it’s supposed to be.” (MTV)
Back in 2010, Bleek spoke on how serious he takes hip-hop blogger comments.
“I’m not a blogger but I definitely do read the blogs,” Bleek said in an interview. “I read the comments. It’s fuel for a guy like me because I love to hear what people gotta say. If you look at it, on a percentage scale, 20% of the s**tis real, and 80% of the s**t is bulls**t but that 20% is what matters. Somebody is gonna comment something real that you can take wit’ you and put into your craft or your daily routine. Somebody gon’ care about you.” (All Hip Hop)
A couple years prior, he hit up SOHH and discussed the concept behind Get Low.
“Roc-A-Fella for life,” Bleek told SOHH. “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)