At its height, there were few labels as compelling as the now-defunct Roc-A-Fella Records. Not only was the label anchored by Jay-Z, but in the early 2000s, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel and [artist id="400206"]Cam’ron[/artist] all had their collective cliques under the Roc umbrella, and at the center of it all was label producer [artist id="1551525"]Just Blaze[/artist]. Having to balance relationships between the competitive sub-camps got difficult at times, and during Wednesday’s “RapFix Live,” Just broke down his fallout with former Roc signee Cam’ron.
“Obviously, there was a division starting to happen between the camps,” Just told MTV News’ Sway Calloway. “Whereas Roc-A-Fella used to encompass Get Low, State Property, Diplomats, M.O.P., all of a sudden you start to see the dissent between different camps, arguments are starting to happen, silent conflicts where neither person is saying, but their actions are making it apparent,” he explained.
It was an incident surrounding a Dipset chain that stood out in Just’s mind. “I walked into the studio one day and Cam said to me, ‘You should’ve been Dipset,’ ” he said. “He had just bought like 10 Dipset chains, so I was like, ‘I need my chain — wassup?’ ”
A week passed, and Blaze again asked Cam about securing a Diplomats piece. “He was like, ‘Yo, I had the chain but you should’ve been Dipset,’ ” Blaze recalled Cam’ron saying. “I said, ‘I’m Dipset just as much as I am State Property, just as I am Get Low, just as I am Roc-A-Fella.’ ”
It was then that the producer noticed the Roc’s internal structure with the label’s subdivisions was shifting. “Everybody wasn’t referring to each other collectively anymore,” he explained.
The breaking point in Cam and Blaze’s relationship came after a studio mix-up. According to Just, the Diplomats CEO booked studio time, expecting Blaze to show up to work, even though the producer never agreed to the date and time. Around the same time, Blaze reached out to Killa Cam to record a feature he was producing for Mariah Carey.
After exchanging a few emails, the two got on the phone, at which time, according to Blaze, Cam said: “F you, F your beats. It’s no drama, we’re just not F’in with you no more.”
Just Blaze went on to say that Cam’ron eventually apologized and that he harbors no ill will towards the Harlem rapper, but “the relationship was never the same.”
The producer insists he has no beef with Cam’ron or the Diplomats, but wouldn’t commit to working with Killa anytime soon. “You can’t say, like, eight years later, ‘Let’s feel it like that again,’ ” Blaze said. “It doesn’t work like that. It’s not beef, it’s not drama, but if the vibe ain’t there.
“That being said, I’ve done records or done beats where I’d be like, ‘He would’ve killed this,’ but the lines of communication ain’t open like that.”
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