Rapper Memphis Bleek recently discussed his label status confirming rumors of his departure from Roc-A-Fella distributor Def Jam.
Along with speaking on Jay-Z‘s misconstrued perception by former associates, Bleek described why he began his own company elsewhere.
“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)
Bleek previously spoke with SOHH about the concept behind his Get Low company.
“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)
Despite Jay’s kind gestures, former mentor Jaz-O has been making headlines lately attempting to discredit Hov’s past.
“I pride myself in being real humble but I ain’t takin’ no sh*t from nobody,” Jaz said in an interview. “No matter who it is, where it is. I ain’t takin’ no sh*t from nobody so I had to do what I had to do and I’mma continue doing it. N*ggas wanna talk, they can talk. I’mma walk…If you wanna squash something, we know so many of the same people, my number ain’t no secret…He got an album coming out so I guess he tryin’ to stir up some sh*t.” (Sub Zero DVD)
Bleek has over a decade of music history 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)
Check out Memphis Bleek’s interview below: