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Kareem “Biggs” Burke expresses interest in Reuniting Dipset

23 Jan

Not too many people realize who Kareem “Biggs” Burke is. He happens to be the founder of the defunct Roc-A-Fella Records. Many assume that Damon Dash and Jay-Z were the only founders of the label. People fail to realize that Biggs was one of the key factors of the label’s string of success. He was the man behind the scenes making sure things turned out right. By 2002, the label was removed from its overall dominance and rumors of friction emerged.

At the time, Jay-Z was still on top of the hip hop game, so no one was buying into the idea that the label was so divided. Despite the nonbelievers, the label was falling apart. This was due to the addition of Cam’ron to the label in 2001. As long as Cam’ron had been around, he had never been too fond of Jay-Z. Cam’ron’s manager, Lance “un” Riviera, actually got into a scuffle with Jay-Z in the 1990s. Dame Dash and Biggs always had ties to Cam’ron.

While Jay-Z did not particularly like Cam’ron, he did not mind the revenue that he brought in with his 2002 Roc-A-Fella album. In an effort to keep up appearances, Jay-Z even provided a guest verse on the album. Before he made his announcement to the public, Jay first told members of the Roc that his 2003 album was going to be his final album. Executives at Def Jam had contacted him about an opening at the role of CEO and Jay-Z accepted. Because of that, he decided to put down the mic.

Since Jay-Z was moving on, there had to be a new artist in place to fill the void. The recent success of Cam’ron led to Biggs and Dash pushing for him. Ever since day one, Jay-Z had promised Memphis Bleek that he would be next. The entire label ended up dividing with one side supporting Cam and one side supporting Bleek. A lyrical feud would also ensue between both Memphis Bleek and Cam’ron because of the situation. This eventually led to the infamous breakup of Roc-A-Fella Records.

After it happened, Cam’ron packed his bags and the bags of his Diplomat Records. He and his crew often taunted Jay-Z about the demise of the Roc. It was not until they endured a similar split with Cam’ron playing the role of Jay-Z that he understood what had gone on at the Roc. Many times since the infamous Dipset split, Cam’ron had expressed interest in reuniting. Despite his efforts of compromise, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana threw it back in his face.

Later on, Juelz Santana said that he would enjoy a reunion, but Cam’ron was no longer having it. This prompted Jim Jones to throw another diss at Cam’ron. Even though they are feuding amongst each other, they all remain close friends to Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Recently, Burke was speaking on the situation and he hinted at the possibility of getting the crew to reunite. While they no longer care what they have to say to each other, they would likely listen to either Dame Dash or Burke. Big things are expected in the new decade.

Jadakiss leaves Roc-A-Fella Records, reunites with Ruff Ryders

26 Nov

In 2007, Jadakiss was convinced to sign with Roc-A-Fella Records to release his new album, at the time, he was still feuding with 50 Cent and he was trying to block his album from being released. At the time, Roc-A-Fella was still a vibrant label with a heavy roster of stars. The label was celebrating releases from Kanye West and Jay-Z.

When the next year arrived, the label geared up for yet another year of releases. The label did receive some releases, just not the way that was expected. Jay-Z dropped himself from Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam. Then, the rest of the label, aside from Jadakiss and Kanye West left. Out of nowhere, the label went from around fifteen artists to two.

By the time Jadakiss released his album, there was no buzz surrounding the album. He moved to Roc-A-Fella for the chance to work with their roster of talent to boost his music. But, once he began making music, they left. Not long after the release of The Last Kiss, Jadakiss reunited with his crew, the Ruff Ryders.

Now, it has been revealed that Jadakiss has left Roc-A-Fella Records to reunite with the Ruff Ryders label. In the near future, a new project will be coming from The L.O.X. and Jadakiss is expected to soon collaborate with DMX and Eve, both of which are working on new albums. Swizz Beatz has described all of the new music coming from the crew as classic.

While his time at the Roc could have been spent better, Jada did spend some time with the old crew. Perhaps, it just wasn’t meant to be. Instead of staying on a sinking label, Jadakiss has decided to go back with what worked and reunite with his old crew. A new Ruff Ryder album is expected sometime in 2010.

Dame Dash may return to Roc-A-Fella Records?

22 Nov

When Jay-Z announced his Live Nation deal, no one knew exactly what would happen. It was assumed that Roc-A-Fella Records would be a part of the deal. Instead of that, Jay-Z left the label to create a new one with Live Nation. With Dame Dash already long gone, there was no one from the original Roc to keep things a float.

Currently, Roc-A-Fella Records is home to only Kanye West and Jadakiss. Both of which are artists that are likely to leave before long. There is no one running the label and it may be shut down for the time being. It is a shame how quickly Roc-A-Fella fell apart. Recently, Dame Dash spoke on that.

He said that it was a shame to see something that he had helped to create fall apart the way that it had. With the right management, Roc-A-Fella could still be a force within hip hop. As big of a company as Def Jam, they need all of their sub-labels performing at top shape. Dame Dash is currently free to run a label since his has been suspended for some time.

Given the successful history of Roc-A-Fella, it is a shame that Def Jam would leave it to rot the way that they seem to be doing. By the way that Dame Dash was talking; it appears that he would not mind returning to the house that he built to clean things up. With Jay-Z gone, Dash could do some of the things that he wanted to do five years ago.

Is it possible that Dame Dash returns to the Roc to revive it?

Dame Dash blames Lyor Cohen for Roc-A-Fella fallout

19 Nov

In 1996, Dame Dash teamed up with street rapper, Jay-Z, to create Roc-A-Fella Records. The label was known as a major independent brand. By 1997, the label had secured an exclusive distribution deal with Def Jam. Under Def Jam, the Roc-A-Fella brand grew to unforeseen heights.

By the time the 21st century rolled through, Roc-A-Fella was the hottest thing out. Jay-Z rose very rapidly to become the top rapper in the game. Dame Dash was his sidekick, seen in every video. Aside from being the sidekick, Dash was running things behind the scenes, keeping the label on top.

In 1999, Roc-A-Fella Records was the hottest thing out. In 2009, Roc-A-Fella is barely in existence, but Jay-Z remains one of rap’s most popular figures. When asked about the break up of the label, Dash blames Lyor Cohen. He feels that a lot of Cohen’s business decisions led to the tensions, which led to the label falling to pieces.

Dame Dash said that even though he is no longer at Roc-A-Fella, he hates to see it the way it currently is. He said that he wishes that Beanie Sigel had been allowed to do more because if he had, maybe things would have happened differently.

Will Jadakiss leave Roc-A-Fella Records?

11 Oct

JadakissIn 2007, Jadakiss left his longtime record label of Ruff Ryders and D-Block to join Jay-Z over at Roc-A-Fella Records. As soon as the contracts were signed, though, Jay-Z became involved in a deal with Live Nation that created a new label called Roc Nation.

When 2008 rolled around, Jay-Z made it known that he was going to not only leave Def Jam, but also his own label of Roc-A-Fella Records to build Live Nation. Throughout the year of 2008, most of the Roc’s primary artists left.

By 2009, the only acts remaining were Kanye West, Jadakiss, and Jay-Z. Early in the year, Jay brought out his contract with Def Jam, so he left an album early for Roc Nation. Now, Roc-A-Fella Records is a two-man operation.

The only remaining artists are Kanye West and Jadakiss, himself. Kanye West has recorded for Roc-A-Fella and his own imprint label, GOOD Music, for his entire rap career. His GOOD label houses such acts as Common, Kid Cudi, and Consequence. The roster of talent is bigger than that of Roc-A-Fella, so West is expected to leave the label before long.

Before his stint with Roc-A-Fella Records, Jadakiss was the front-man for The L.O.X. and he was the flagship artist for their D-Block Records. Now, The L.O.X. are currently in talks of signing to Bad Boy Records through Interscope. Seeing how Jadakiss was already signed to Interscope before leaving for Def Jam, it is not hard to imagine him returning.

Roc-A-Fella Records is rumored to be shut down before the end of the year, anyways.

Will Roc-A-Fella Records be Shut Down?

13 Sep

Roc-A-Fella RecordsIt is hard to believe that Roc-A-Fella Records was once the most dominating force in hip hop. The label was led by Dame Dash, Jay-Z, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke.

Roc-A-Fella Records had a strong roster of talent in its heyday. The label was home to Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Rell, the Young Gunz, Cam’ron, The Diplomats, and many other acts.

When Roc-A-Fella also began distributing other labels’ work, they seemed unstoppable. On top of all of that, Jay-Z was the biggest star in rap, releasing a platinum album each year.

In 2003, Jay-Z chose to give up the spotlight so Memphis Bleek could finally shine. Bleek was Jay-Z’s friend from the Marcy Projects and his pick as Roc-A-Fella’s new flagship artist and CEO. Jay was retiring from rap to become CEO of Def Jam. His partner, Dame Dash, also had his pick for a new flagship artist and CEO for the label, his pick was Cam’ron from his native Harlem.

In picking a successor to Jay-Z, Dash and Biggs often bumped heads with Jay-Z. In 2004, Kanye West exploded and the label issues were thrown to the wayside by industry insiders. Later that year, Cam’ron and his Diplomat Records were dropped and Dame and Biggs were also sent packing.

While still dominant, it was obvious that Roc-A-Fella Records was no longer the same. Kanye West kept the label in headlines and Jay-Z even returned to rap, but the label was still falling apart.

In 2007, things looked as if they were improving when news of a new Memphis Bleek album surfaced, Beanie Sigel released his new album, and Jadakiss signed to the label. Later the same year, Jay-Z stepped down as CEO of Def Jam and it appeared that he was returning to Roc-A-Fella full time.

By 2008, Jay-Z announced that he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation, creating his own label, Roc Nation. Then, it became clear that Jay-Z would soon be leaving the label that he helped to create.

After the Roc Nation announcement, Memphis Bleek announced that he was looking for a new label to distribute his work and that of his Get Low Records. Not too long after that, Tru-Life, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, and the Young Gunz all left the label. Then, Jay-Z bought out of his contract with Def Jam.

Now, the once mighty Roc-A-Fella Records’ roster only consists of Kanye West and Jadakiss. Kanye West runs his own label, GOOD Music and he isone of rap’s biggest stars. Jadakiss is the front man of D-Block and left D-Block Records for Roc-A-Fella Records.

The only two artists left on the label could do better without it. So, will the Roc be shut down?