Kareem "Biggs" Burke

Roc-A-Fella Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Pleads Guilty: Faces Five Years In Prison

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke has pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Criminal Court, for his role in a massive marijuana ring.

Burke appeared in court yesterday (March 15) in Manhattan Federal Court, where he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute, more than 100 kg of marijuana.

Federal authorities connected Burke to a massive marijuana trafficking ring that involved over 50 people.

“With Kareem Burke’s guilty plea today, another member of this sprawling marijuana trafficking ring stands convicted,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told AllHipHop.com in a press release. “We will continue to pursue and punish those who traffic in illegal drugs.”

Burke was arrested in October of 2010, after federal authorities connected him to three separate, but interconnected marijuana trafficking cells.

The network distributed the marijuana to customers in Florida, New York and New Jersey.

According to federal authorities, most of the organization was based in Florida, but they also bought marijuana from growers in California.

When Burke was arrested, police found the remains of a marijuana growing operation, as well as $15,000 in cash.

The 38-year-old, who founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in 1995, faces the mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Burke must forfeit his $660,000 residence in New Jersey, a 2010 BMW and the $15,000 in cash that was seized.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke will be sentenced by Judge Laura Taylor Swain on May 18, at 12:00 PM.

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  • Black Exodus

    Damn…went back to what he knows…got caught up. They (Feds) always have their eyes on these hip hop “Moguls” & “Rap Artist”. Beware and be cautious.

    Black Exodus “Diamonds” Youtube….

  • Thoughtsareus

    C’mon Son Really ? Let me guess Dame will come to his defense and say it’s Jay’s fault. Jay-Z is the reason for everybody who knew him making stupid decisions.

  • slayer rules   now that ..real music,,,,,,and original….

  • lol, some kinda way “FOOLS” will think this is Jay-z’s Fault.

  • Prohibition is an absolute scourge – The end!  The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS.

    If you support prohibition then you support bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. There’s simply no other logical way of looking at it.

    Everybody who supports prohibition needs to understand that there is a human cost associated with this dangerous and failed policy. – Every time they assert their support for it they are condemning thousands more to death.

    Every-time the ghastly violence of prohibition is falsely blamed on the users, it diminishes the culpability of those who are truly responsible for maintaining the status quo. Prohibition is an absolute scourge -the end!  The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS.

    When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919. 

    Nobody can be expected to obey bad laws, like ones that infringe on logic as well as the fundamental right to decide on what medicine or poison an individual adult may, or may not, ingest. The violence and the deaths ultimately arising from such bad public policy should always rest squarely on the shoulders of those ignorant imbeciles who are responsible for implementing and supporting such foolishness.

    • TheEsquire212


  • $18916246

    Kareem will be alright……

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  • bad for hip hop

  • rep87

    It is what it is , He will bounce back  

  • Stealstandin

    Damn they did him in for some damn weed that’s from the Earth that was put here for me and you. Give up his house and car for some weed, damn G

  • water_ur_seeds

    is this ‘mo’ from smart guy? lmao

  • water_ur_seeds

    dame and biggs been big blazers, he probably smoking most his profit lol

  • them silent partners are always the one u gotta worry about…

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    Why do nigga’s deal drugs when they already rich? C’mon son, you should be  flipping houses or something. Leave the TREECHOPPING to regular niggas like me 🙂

    • Myambitioniswicked

      Maybe he’s not as rich as you think

    • TheEsquire212

       He was only getting crumbs even when he was “co-founder”, and most of that money dried up 6, 7 years ago when Jay pulled that stunt.


    Keeping it real goes wrong once again,thought we did the dirt to turn the ish in to legit ish smfh street dream fools.The fool got more money legally than what they found smfh

  • johnblacksad

    it was all good just a week ago!

  • D

    As much as I’m against drug use / sales.. I hate to bust bubbles but a 50+ team is NOT a massive ring. That’s the equivalent of “having your block on lock”..
     Now as far as son getting caught in the drug game.. that’s just extra-stupid.Cats get bagged all the time in the hood moving weight.. that’s bad enough they’re destroying lives with that poison, but then you get OUT the streets and can make some legit $ and go right back to that? For what?It’s a true saying “criminals ALWAYS return to the scene of the crime”.. smh

    • digitallife

      I agree homie but it’s weed not heroin or coke or meth…only thing weed has killed is cupboards, potato chip bags and plates of food.

      • everyone knows weed aint dangerous, but you do have to consider the violence that comes with money and where that money is coming from. that being said… legalize it so we dont have to lock up people for moving herb. 

  • digitallife

    He’ll be alright, just sucks for jay though…since jay has been spitting street life stories based on Biggs life since reasonable doubt…guess the big homie is gonna have to find another gangster to steal stories from.

    • TheEsquire212

      Astute observation, because he damn sure wasn’t spittin’ based upon his life as a RUNNER. +5 to you.

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    Biggs got stripes from back in the day.
    Not for being a solider, but for being a hustler.
    He was the money that planted the seed for the roc.

    Smart move messing with the tree instead of coke.
    Coke he will be all fuk up in the game.

    Nypd & feds had been having a hard on,
    For getting the street legends, that got away or avoided prosecution
    In the 80’s & 90’s.

    Preme, biggs, now jimmy,
    As well as others.

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  • TheEsquire212

    Somebody snitched.


    wheres his Illuminati friends at now ?????????

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  • surely post rocafella he could have landed a legit job? 

    smh. nwords i swear