Just Blaze Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Cam'ron f/ Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel “The Roc (Just Fire) (2002)

Album: Come Home With Me
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Diplomat / Def Jam

Just Blaze: “Beans was trying to do some weird, overlapping rhyme scheme. I don't think anyone ever caught it. Jay's actually on that record for, like, two words. People don't realize that. It was towards the end of Beans' rap, he screams out 'Jigga Man!'

“I don't know why he did that, but it's there. That's probably the funniest thing about that record. They were all one crew under the same roof trying to make good music, but it wasn't like things were peachy all the time.

“I don't talk about my records like this too much, but that beat was retarded, and we all knew it. This beat is beyond me. It's special.

 
Bleek kills it and sets it off perfectly. Dame wanted to take him off because his claim was, 'We need to position Bleek as a young LL because the ladies love him so much. We don't need him to be on this record talking reckless or whatever, because we need to position him as the ladies man.'
 

“I remember Hip Hop saying, 'We need a welcome to Roc-A-Fella record.' Everyone was in agreement, so that's what we did. This was actually the beginning of Dame and I falling out, because Dame wanted to take Bleek off the record.

“Bleek kills it and sets it off perfectly. Dame wanted to take him off because his claim was, 'We need to position Bleek as a young LL because the ladies love him so much. We don't need him to be on this record talking reckless or whatever, because we need to position him as the ladies man.'

“No one's saying anything. Everyone is just standing around, looking around. I don't even think Bleek was in the room at that time. Dame was trying to push things in that lane. I said to him, 'You're using the LL example. You forgetting about 'I Shot Ya'? You forgetting about 'I'm Bad'? Like you're forgetting about 'Can't Live Without My Radio'?'

“I said, 'Duke, those are all hard records. What made LL dope was that he could make a record like 'I Need Love' and then turn around and do 'Rock The Bells.' He could do a 'Hey Luv' or 'Lounging,' and turn around and do 'I Shot Ya,' or 'One Shot At Love' and turn around do 'Mama Said Knock You Out' and then take it to club and do 'Jingling Baby.'

“The girls already like Bleek. We don't need to push him off of hard records and onto girl records just for the sake of him being an MC that appeals to females, because that's not really where LL is at. Guys and girls liked LL in his prime, because he could do both and it was believable.'

“So, I spoke out very vocally about that, and I think that was the beginning of the fallout between Dame and I. We fought on that record. I remember saying to him, 'You've always said that you're not the music dude, you're the business dude. So why are you getting involved in the music?'

 
I think that was the beginning of the fallout between Dame and I. We fought on that record. I remember saying to him, 'You've always said that you're not the music dude, you're the business dude. So why are you getting involved in the music?'
 

“Me and him had already had a little bit of tension, so I was feeling some kind of way. At that point, I'd been putting records together for the label for a couple of years, and I was starting to see more of the dynamics of how things worked. I was like, Let me do what I do.

“I respect everyone's opinion, and I take everyone's opinion into consideration, but that record was perfect. You couldn't ask for a better welcome to Roc-A-Fella record. I was like, 'The only thing that could make this record better was if Jay got on it, and Jay will probably get on something else. This is fine the way it is, and Jay being on it might affect someone else's verse.'

“Someone might have gotten their verse cut down, and I don't want to do all that. The record is dope the way it is. We went back and forth throughout the course of that night, but the record stood the way it was and thank God, because that's a mean one right there.”

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