Thursday, March 15, 2012

JAY-Z'S EX-BOSS HAS 99 (OR 100) PROBLEMS...

Kareem "Biggs" Burke, a former executive at Roc-A-Fella Recordings, has pled guilty to charges relating to a 2010 arrest in a wide-reaching anti-drug sting (which reportedly netted as many as 50 arrests.) In particular, Burke was charged with possession (with intent to distribute) over 100 kilograms of marijuana. http://tinyurl.com/7brtuhp

With Burke and Damon "Dame" Dash at the helm, Roc-A-Fella Recordings launched the career of Jay-Z and several late-90s/early-00s artists like Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel and Kanye West.

Leaving aside what this author feels about legalizing (or at least decriminalizing) much of today's pharmaceutical contraband: This is just so damned stupid and illustrates what is wrong with today's hip-hop and urban culture. Wasn't this guy getting checks on all the Roc-A-Fella albums for years? If he was on tour with Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and the rest he was probably getting paid as part of the (official/unofficial) entourage, too.

This guy should have made enough money from selling his stake in Roc-A-Fella to live off that, or make legitimate corporate investments. But of course, homeboy goes the dope-smuggling route. Classic black man move. Bravo, Kareem, you just set the race back another few decades. Chances are, thanks in part to you, your criminal defense attorney's kids or grandkids have their college funds and trust funds on lock. What about yours?

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