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Memphis Bleek Believes Ego Broke Up Roc-A-Fella


Memphis Bleek stopped by the Breakfast Club to talk about the days of Roc-A-Fella, coming up under Jay Z, how the game has changed and evolved from then to now, and more. One of the most interesting things Bleek commented on was the break up of Roc-A-Fella. DJ Envy asked,

“What broke up Roc-A-Fella?…. At one time it was a perfect fit.”

Memphis Bleek replied saying,

“I think it was ego. It wasn’t money, everyone was making a ton of money. It was ego. When something happens one person wants to be responsible for it. People want to be certified and critically acclaimed, and they will die for it. That’s what broke it up; ego. People just couldn’t accept that Jay is that dude. He’s the God.”

Ego has gotten in the way of a lot in music. Bleek also says they were really a family at Roc-A-Fella, and the problem with units today, is there is no real loyalty.

  • Sinbk Legend

    Who?

    • Hakeem

      go back to drake bruh…..

      • Sinbk Legend

        Lmao old head

      • Hakeem

        Im a old head but fresher than ALL you new nig****as, with more money than you……

      • SBRon

        Representin’ lovely for all us old heads!!

      • Sinbk Legend

        Stop fronting for the net old nigga

    • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

      Your either too young or an idiot!! I’ll assume your just young & don’t know any better so do your “Googles” & then you’ll know who Memphis Bleek is. Fyi now days most artist can’t even go Gold 1 time & he has about 3 – 4 Gold albums in his catalog!

      • WeakSauce

        I go with him being both, he a young idiot!

      • TruthnoLie

        but going gold in his Era with his team is good money but no relevance… to now meek mills touched gold, j cole went platinum…

      • Sinbk Legend

        Thanks for the history lesson old nigga

  • Mack

    Mr. One Hit Away.

    • Nyga07

      no lie , man i wanted bleek to get that one hit bad lmfao

      • J Burn

        Closest he came was ‘Round Here’….

      • Nyga07

        my shyt and what you think of that

      • J Burn

        it was dope. who can forget that escalade with the lambo doors in the vid with the sprewells spinning. no one had done it prior to him.

      • Nyga07

        lol truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ( my bad c murder lol) that video was triple sick

      • Tohn

        Technically, Is that your chick was his song but really Missy and Jay elevated that track.

      • J Burn

        I’m inclined to agree homie.

      • John Doe

        True he killed it tho…

      • The Legendary Troll

        Jay made it his song

      • that was a banger.

      • Sean Power

        bleek had few god song, his unit are better than what most rappers are moving right now

      • Nyga07

        I know, besides i mean he was trying ot shime under Jay, almost as bad for the mafia members trying to set themselves aside from big… wonderful world of cease a leo was my shyt tho lol

      • John Doe

        too much pressure…he had some decent tracks…but i could always here him folding when he was about to have his moment..

    • Raheem Classick

      But ALL (4) of his albums went GOLD!

      • Don_Te

        “Bleek can be one hit away his whole career, as long as I’m alive he’s a millionaire. And even if I die, it’s in my will somewhere. So he can just kick back and chill somewhere, oh yeah. He don’t even have to write rhymes, the dynastys like my money last three lifetimes.”

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    Talk about ego you only have to mention Damon Dash! Jay hater’s were blaming him but all you had to do was watch any of the DVD’s/Shows they were on & you can see how OC Dame’s ego was. The clincher was when I bought the Damon Dash International Grizzly DVD & saw him & Biggs spending way too much $$$ just for the sake of stunting! For example these dudes land in Paris & have like 7 Mercedes Benz’s lined up to take them & like 6 flunkies to their hotel.

    • J Burn

      That’s probably why Biggs is where he is now. Needed supplemental income. smh

  • dbfromdc

    JAY Z AIN’T NO FUKING GOD!!!

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      fu(k u peasant

      • meanygreene

        You hurt?

    • John Doe

      Have to agree…calling him a god is out of pocket…unless he is saying he is one of many…

    • STEPH

      Lmao! Chillout bruh you ever been to New York? They talk a little different than your used to. LMAO! You got heated LOL!

  • jeweliano

    You are a God yourself…..wake up

  • Joe

    Did this nigga just have a epiphany… we appreciate the insight Perry Mason ass nigga.

    • John Doe

      lol

  • ZUBU

    I believe egos played a role, but not just from one side.
    ———————
    IMO: Dame had far more vision than Jay and he guided them all to success; then Jay realized that he was the true talent. He grew up and said I make the paper I don’t need him. Dame was brash as fukk, Jay was smoother. Then them people got to spitting in Jay’s ear and he took the money and bounced on Dame and Biggs…..
    ———————-
    Watched the interview, gotta respect Bleek for his loyalty…. He come off real cool with all of the various beefs, e seemed honest to me… IJS……

    • Nyga07

      i agree, and end of day dame just felt they could have they own shyt and thats what he wanted not ot be robbed of the hard work his ppl put forth. basic engilish jay z was the easy black to stomach

      • Eli Pinilla

        Jay got his own shit though. Ain’t nobody making more money off of Jay than Jay is.

      • ZUBU

        That is where Dame was a beast, he didn’t let nobody put them in bad contract situations, much like Bleek said in the interview… Dame had school and street smarts the rest of them didn’t. Reason why he was the leader, he had the vision. No way Jay, Bleek, Biggs, Beans, or anyone else could have built The ROC…. Now they all had talents and skills they brought to the table for certain, but Dame was the brains…

      • John Doe

        Agree to an extent…Jay Z is pretty sharp himself…look at what he has done since…he hasnt stepped back he has stepped up business wise…

      • TruthnoLie

        Jay Pays the right people For it now, if you sit around a long time you will pick up enough to stand on your own….. once dame then john now?

      • ZUBU

        Peep my earlier comment, I stated Jay learned the game. Yet Dame had that business sense from the gate. Dame took all of them to London, Paris, etc.; Dame would not sign no shady contract just to get on. Jay is very astute obviously…

      • TheOnlyCoop

        They all had business sense. Check out what Bleek said as long as he could remember Jay had money. Dame’s problem was and is that he always burns bridges. They all needed each other, but Dame didn’t understand that brashness only works so much before people freeze you out. There is a reason Dame can’t bounce back.

      • ZUBU

        The others had street business sense, different than formal business sense.

      • TheOnlyCoop

        After it gets over a certain level it translates. That’s why he was part owner and not just an artist.

      • 3rdEye_Sharp

        Street business is based off of formal business…the only difference is…the language that is used. If you could correlate the scholarly verbiage to the street verbiage, you good…i.e. if someone in formal business uses the word “ostentatious”, if a hood dude knows what the word means, he’ll tell you that it means “show off” or “stuck up” or “flossing”. Ya dig? If hood dudes read more, they can be successful in business…all it is, is understanding the verbiage

      • ZUBU

        ” If hood dudes read more, they can be successful in business…all it is, is understanding the verbiage”
        ———————-
        True everyone should read more, but if you recall Dame went away to an expensive private school. He was rubbing shoulders with kids from wealthy families…. hence he had a different angle.
        ————-
        The other brothers didn’t finish high school, yes they were all smart just different levels of intelligence, it’s a bit more than just verbiage….
        ————-
        Having said that Jay was and is a smart dude and he learned how to move among the elites eventually he adapted and adjusted, he just didn’t have the same formal business acumen that Dame did and with that Dame opened doors the rest of them could not…

      • 3rdEye_Sharp

        If I’m not mistaken…Dame was hustling to pay for that private school…At least, that was the word on the street

      • STEPH

        You are 100% correct

      • Yabiggirl

        Dame is fine, please don’t be fooled into thinking that the man is somehow starving or struggling, that whole thing was propaganda and media manipulation. Damn has bankrolled a number of businesses and endeavors since the ROC break-up that a lot of people don’t know about. And why these things aren’t discussed is because he is strictly independent and doesn’t have corporate backing so because mainstream media and these blogs outlets aren’t pushing it in your faces that Dame is still a millionaire and a great business man does not mean it aint happening!!

      • STEPH

        100% correct

      • Nyga07

        So not 100 percent I didn’t forget the lil sly comment up top I know Jay made the wise choice but in return it’s just the easier route. Because Jay is playing there game and owning it , Dame simply wanna to play his own game and go thru the struggle to build his own shyt. He has vision and a long term one he was independent in mind before they even knew that what making and getting to real money was. Dame been had money, been paid for they own videos and been cutting deals. And I rock with Jay way more than dame but simply dame is the want all of his own, and Jay is the big cut, of some of a shared profit type. Dame was tired of making them rich when all his ppl could and should do it all dolo they had all talent from all sides at that era. Jay, beans, free, twister, Kanye, cam, dipset, dame knew what was up Jay didn’t want that fight, he weighed the options and made the easier decision, risk or cake up!

      • STEPH

        Jay always had bread and Dame didn’t pay for those video’s dolo, but if he made Hov let’s see him make another one. As for Jay he on his way to a billion, is he sharing his net worth of damn near $500 million with some shared profit type??? Don’t think so, but with The Sports Management, his Roc Nation deal, his artist, Kanye, Rhianna, J Cole, Tidal etc… The man is doing the dam thing homeboy. Dame is a bitter muthafucka who as in the words of Lyor Cohen “isn’t going to want to swallow the pill (Dame created) when it’s administered”.

      • Nyga07

        U all over the place and don’t quote me no Luxor Cohen speaking on what them two created. You making it seem like I said Jay lost. They cut dame from the deal and gave to Jay to spite dame bcuz they didn’t want Dame period bcuz he had too much mouth. Them dudes was gonna get there anyway if they stick together anybody would have grabbed that roster from def jam as a whole if Jay agreed to role as main talent. With Kanye too man interscope would have paid twice. It’s just fugged up ppl try to shyt on dame like he ain’t put every body on, own labels and all. Jay place can not be erased I just wished them dudes would have did that as a group, got some kind of real label. That’s hip hop not me picking sides, I’m too laid back I could never tolerate Dame lol

      • Knickfan4life

        Why do people get on the Internet and act like they know these people personally .

      • Nyga07

        Indeed he had what it took he just didn’t know how to get over first the talk shyt, that’s the side Jay ran with on his own and went pass all of em. And tho in regular sense it is shady Jay to bounce on his man in the same regard u know fame is the type to have no chill, Jay made the wise decision.

      • STEPH

        Exactly

      • STEPH

        “You said you made Hov……Make another one.”

      • STEPH

        If you uninformed, your uninformed ehh

    • STEPH

      Dame fucked up trying to bring Cam and his crew into the situation. He don’t have too much vision his attorney saying Damon Dash and his wife Rachel Roy don’t have a pot to piss in nor a window to throw it out of. Damon Range Rover getting repo’d from in front of the barbershop in Harlem, his various wack ass TV show’s etc….While Jay on his way to being a billionaire.

  • Eli Pinilla

    “Too much flossing/ too much Sam Rothstine”

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  • meanygreene

    “Rocafella died of aids, that wasthe end of his chapter, and thats the dude y’all wanna name y’all company after?”

    • Savimbi

      put it together, I rock hoes, y’all rock fellas and now y’all trynna take my spot fellas…

  • Greg Ranking

    yeah yeah … everyone knows the story already the lame ass Breakfast Club just loves bringing it up every year… (insert Dame going ham on Envy last year video here)… Nas and Bleek got into it. Jay tried to defend him on records, Nas Ethered them. The whole time Dame is begging Jay to throw Bleek under the bus, Jay said nah i’m gonna stand by my people and u don’t need to worry bout that u need to go find us a hit artist….. And it all went downhill from there….. They all made money move on!

    • STEPH

      Dame fucked up too bring Cam and his crew into the situation.

  • M.DOT

    Him and TyTy the only niggas the really remained loyal to Jay

    • TruthnoLie

      What choice did they have, ???? They look at him as god,

    • TheOnlyCoop

      Ty-Ty, Guru, Emory, Lenny S, Just Blaze, OG Juan, Shaka, and there are plenty more. It’s not just that they stayed loyal to him, but he also stayed loyal to them.

  • The Legendary Troll

    I dont blame them. jay the multimillionaire while they still sittin on single digits.

  • Papi Peligro

    Alaiyah “Then you mix Jealousy, EGO, AND pride, and MISS THING”

  • Controversy Sells

    Jay was smart. . . “Hmm, either stick around and potentially get caught up in Biggs multi state mirajuana ring. . . Or fold this shit and go corporate”

  • THISIS50

    Jay

  • The true leader is evidenced by who stayed afloat and who perished. Nuff said….

  • youngplaya

    What you can’t do is raise niggaz.Grown people do not take advice. Grown people with money?…nigga please might as well be talking to a brick wall. It obvious that Jay Z had a plan to solidify his career and really boss up. When he sold Roc-A Fella he only got 10 million from DefJam, so the money flow wasn’t how niggaz was thinking and exaggerating. But look at Jayz now, I never bought a Hov record, but I have Tidal and he get what niggaz spend on an album every month from thousands of subscribers if not millions. A smart nigga will always rise to the top. Dumb niggaz don’t take care of business and fall into the same trap as every dumb nigga around them taking that real street nigga bull shiiiiiiii. Aint no way Damn should have ran into the money issues he had. Now everybody got a Hov so dirty or Hov so wrong story…Naw nigga make smart moves and know when to stop the dumb shiiiiii. We not on the block no more.

  • JJ

    Late 90s, early 00’s head here with my opinion. Dame made rocafella, rocafella (plus timbaland, swizz, neptunes, rockwilder) made Jay. The beats they gave at that point in time (big pimpin’, is that your chick, i just wanna love you, lobster scrimp, hands up etc etc) made that dude without question. Look at what Neptunes did for Mystikal he was about 4 albums in at that point of Shake Ya A$$ and Nore too with Superthug. You could have had Lil B or anyone on those beats at that time and they would have been Jay now if they kept investing in top producers for all their singles of the late nighties early 00’s like Rocafella did to their headliner. You ever notice beanie or memphis with these producers, hell bleek was supposed to have is that your chick but was taken off and the song put on Jay’s album. This was all the pre youtube, 56k dial up era where you had to have physical synthesizers and mpc3000s before reason and pro tools,whereas now any dude can upload a beat miles better than any of these producers these days.
    If you look at it 92-96 was owned by Death Row, Pac and Puffy. 96-99 was straight Wu, Early 00’s you had No Limit and Cash Money and Ruff Ryders. Then came Rocafella roughly about 2005 and at the same time you really had Murder Inc, Nelly and Aftermath as competition, Jay was never really that big until corporate America where people looked at him and thought you know what hes consistentish. They made him after the Black Album in my opinion. Prior to that he was just the biggest artist on Rocafella, like Dmx was for Ruff Ryders, Juvenile for Cash Money, Ja Rule for Murder Inc etc. I’m pretty sure if you do check back you will see that all those label headliners outsold all of Jay’s albums back in the day. Nelly, DMX and Eminem definetly.
    Now once you made, easy to leave and say “make another jay” when all you got to do is pay corporate america to put your face on everything. You think Jay has these bright ideas, you think he sits there and thinks – “i’ll create Tidal”, i’ll do this and that…He has corporate America to do that for him he’s just the front. What really makes me laugh is when you hear him and 50 in interviews going “yeah, i sold drugs so i go into meetings and I make deals with these office execs”. They out their mind thinking they’re convincing these harvard, yale graduates. They aren’t listening to them, they are listening to the suits around you. Jay’s a face simple and plain. Corporate America could have picked anyone, they picked Jay because he had mainstream singles. He lucked out – end of. No hater, i’m old i bought 3/4 Jay Albums but thats the truth