By Rahman J. Dukes with reporting by Sway Calloway
Memphis Bleek has been around for the Roc-A-Fella experience from beginning to end, and since Hov drew a line in the sand, parting ways with Dame Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, there's been much speculation if the onetime "family" is still on good terms. Bleek assures everyone that the family is still intact.
"I speak to Young Chris, I speak to Freeway here and there," Bleek revealed on "RapFix Live." "I was in touch with Neef Buck not too long ago. I tried to reach out to [Beanie Sigel], but you know Beans got a lot of personal things he's dealing with. But at the end of the day, I'ma say it and you hear the words from my mouth: Them is all my dudes. No matter what went down, we fam. We came up together. It's almost like a cousin. You and your cousin can fight, but at the end of the day, y'all still family."
The infamous Roc breakup turned into a game of loyalty, with each crewmember choosing whether they'd follow Jay, Dame or Biggs. While Cam'ron and the Diplomats and Beanie Sigel rolled with Dame Dash, Kanye West and Memphis Bleek obviously stuck with Jay-Z. However, according to Bleek, he still has much love for his former bosses Dame and Biggs.
"Dame is still cool. I seen him out in London not too long ago," Bleek said. "They put a video out on the Internet about us meeting. Dame has always been a good dude to me, man. He helped me a lot, like I said. We was a family, and I was young. I was 14, 15 when I first started rolling around. When I met Dame, I was, what, 15 going on 16? And Dame helped me tremendously in my career, like, outta bad decisions in my career with contracts, everything. ... So I could never say nothing wrong. Things just happen in life where certain people just go their certain way. I had no control over that. I was still a pup."
The remaining Roc-A-Fella founder, Kareem "Biggs" Burke, is facing the toughest situation of all since the Roc's demise. He was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana. Legal issues aside, Bleek expressed his love and support for Biggs.
"Biggs is cool. I don't know whatever happened with his legal situation, but Biggs is my dude," Bleek clarified. "Biggs has always been behind-the-scenes, quiet man."