EAST ORANGE, New Jersey — Though Memphis Bleek’s long-talked-about album with Beanie Sigel may be on hold, Bleek showed some Roc-A-Fella “Crew Love” for his main man Thursday night at Beans’ show at Broker’s nightclub.
A short while before Bleek would make a surprise appearance onstage with his friend, Beans spoke of a time when they were not so unified — on film, at least. He said that his labelmate stabs him in the back in the upcoming movie “State Property,” due December 7.
“He crosses me,” said a snickering Sigel, who didn’t want to give away too much about the film. Beanie stars in the movie along with his real-life rap group, also named State Property.
“The character is based on any cat in the street who’s just sick of living the average life,” he said. “[He's sick of being] the average hustler, sitting on a hundred thousand, two hundred thou. He’s a real true hustler who says, ‘I want the world. I ain’t settling for just crumbs.’ ”
During his hostile takeover, he and his squad get it on with a rival group of thugs run by Jay-Z and Damon Dash.
“It shows both sides to the game,” Beanie explained. “The whole movement, the whole grind to the game. We ain’t just shooting up, bang, bang. It shows us from starting up as little dudes, to flipping and taking over the whole city.”
Two weeks ago in Philadelphia, it was apparent that Beanie was the king of his hometown. During a concert put on by radio station Power 99, Jadakiss was showered with boos when he dissed Sigel with a freestyle.
Beanie, who lives near the First Union Center, the show’s venue, said he was immediately bombarded with calls while trying to enjoy some movies at the crib.
“I finally got somebody that was calm like, ‘This weirdo just came at you,’ ” he recalled. “I was like, ‘What did he say?’ The calls were coming back, ‘You gotta come down.’ You know I had to do that. I came out.”
And so Sigel went over and retaliated later in the show (see “DMX, Diddy, Busta Rock Philly; Beanie/Jada Beef Takes Center Stage” ).
Sigel and Jada went at each other a few months ago with freestyles on mixtapes. Soon after, the two declared that the rhyme beef was over.
“I was on that notion too,” Sigel said of the apparently dead truce. “I don’t really got no beef with the boy, so he could go to war by himself. He’s rapping. He’s really just a rapper. I ain’t no rapper. Before it even go too [far], … leave it alone. Do even go there.”
Sigel and the rest of State Property — whose lineup includes Freeway, Oschino and Sparks, and Chris & Neef (a.k.a. the Young Guns) — talk about living in within the hood’s concrete battle lines on their self-titled LP (see “Beanie Sigel Recording Albums With Memphis Bleek, State Property” ).
Due December 11 and featuring the songs “International Hustler,” “Sun Don’t Shine,” “Don’t Realize,” “Hood I Know,” “Trouble Man” and the first single, “Rock the Mic,” the record will also double as a soundtrack to the movie.
“Right now I’m focusing on getting my people out there,” Beanie said. His Criminal Records, distributed by Roc-A-Fella, will release the project.
“I [don't] want my boys to sit,” said Beanie, explaining why the album’s release date was pushed up from early 2002. “I just want my boys out there early instead of waiting. They be sitting on the label for years? Nah. We gonna do this [album] with this movie. Every quarter Criminal Records is gonna come out with [at least] an EP.”
When Beanie and Bleek took the stage, it was pure pandemonium. The patrons of the club were packed so tight the place felt like a sauna.
As the sweat-soaked duo unleashed an onslaught of their street-heralded discography, like “Who Want What,” “I Don’t Do Much,” “Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses)” and “You, Me, Him and Her,” plus a couple of Beanie dis freestyles directed at Jadakiss, things were brought to a halt around the 45-minute mark.
“Grab the mics out of their hands,” one of the bouncers ordered to a colleague. A security guard had his leg injured when trying to break up a melee in the audience. Unaware of the fallout, Beanie tried to continue before the music was cut off.
If it were up to him, he would’ve gone all night — or at least another few minutes. “Me and my man onstage, we’ll give them a hour, easy,” Beanie said before the show. “We got records, yo!”
East Orange, New Jersey, police said they are still investigating the night’s fracas. In other police matters, Beanie is due back in court on December 14 in Philadelphia for assault charges stemming from a July 13 arrest (see “Beanie Sigel Charged With Assault.” ).