The big homie: Jay Z

“Your time is coming," Jay promised Bleek. "You're one hit away." While Kanye West, Cam'ron, and Beanie Sigel did indeed mine those platinum singles, alas, Bleek's stardom wasn't to be. Since 2005, Bleek's taken Roc-A-Fella's terminal drama and the cooling of his solo career prospects in stride, even as Sigel lashes out, and even though Bleek and Kanye were never quite close to begin with. As Jay's thug apprentice, however, Bleek was the best friend a man could ask for. Even after Roc-A-Fella's contentious disintegration, Bleek still tours with Jay Z, and he's apparently on good terms with Freeway and Young Chris. Bleek occasionally speaks on his relationship with Jay, Kanye, Dame Dash, and Sigel, sounding nothing but magnanimous. Maybe Bleek's indeed listed in Hova's will, right next to Blue Ivy. —Justin Charity

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