Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

“You let your shit bubble quietly…then you blow!”

To call Kareem “Biggs” Burke a “silent partner” would be an understatement. Throughout the roughly 10 year reign of Roc-A-Fella Records, the general public probably heard this guy open his mouth once or twice, if that. I actually spoke to him on the phone a couple of times, and he seemed like a good dude. In any event, it looks like the Feds are gonna be trying to get him to spill his guts:

The NY Post reports:

Kareem “Biggs” Burke, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, which launched the career of superstar rapper Jay-Z, was among 43 people arrested today in a massive drug sweep spanning from New York to South Florida, authorities said.

Also nabbed was Matthew Stang, a writer and senior ad rep at High Times magazine, a well-known chronicle of chronic culture.
“In the case of the High Times employee, it’s a case of art imiitiating real life,” said Jim Hayes special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Burke was nabbed early this morning by ICE agents at his home in North Bergen, NJ, Hayes said.
The 18-month investigation into the vast narcotics network – headed by Geovanny “Manny” Rodriguez Perez – resulted in $1 million in seized profits and 177 pounds of marijuana, Hayes said.
At least another seven people are expected to be arrested as a result of the operation, dubbed “Green Venom,” he said. Investigators used state and federal wiretaps to catch the drug smugglers, authorities said.

According to the Post these guys “controlled the marijuana market in NYC”. I don’t know how accurate that is, but in any event, Biggs is looking at some pretty hefty legal bills over the next couple of years. Not to be selfish, but I hope this doesn’t cause a drought in the Tri-State…

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77 Responses to “Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Arrested on Federal Drug Charges”

  1. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    # Jersey*made*me Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Iceberg just released a statement:

    “I can’t fool arownd wit no moore medasin todae”


    I cried a real tear typing this. That’s gotta be a first.

    I’m out yall. @Trouble get your panties out your ass nigga,it’s just jokes and you damn sure can’t whoop my ass.


    ^Of course, lol. I really do wish you the best. If you really are unemployed, keep your head up fam. Bless in your journey.

  2. why? Says:

    this is shawn carters fault.


    Not everything is camels fault. Some dudes are just stupid.

  3. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    and you damn sure can’t whoop my ass.

    ^lol. Send that plane ticket then nigga.

  4. Remixznflow Says:

    # London Bloke Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    >>>>Being after work on a Friday

    This damned french fry management + Nah = SMH

    didnt know you could be on nah and work the grease at the same time..

    applaud your multitasking skills…

  5. Remixznflow Says:

    If you really are unemployed, keep your head up fam. Bless in your journey.

    i made that up…

  6. bIG_SETH Says:

    *daps remix & loondon*

    @london, stop hating on my network game. LOL.

    How else these motherfuckers gonna know my name…

    Seth aka the illest-straighter (c)me. LOL

  7. London Bloke Says:

    STFU and add more rice to my burrito holme boy

  8. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    If you really are unemployed, keep your head up fam. Bless in your journey.

    i made that up…

    ^Damn you remix, lol.

  9. mCb Says:

    i get the gov’t wanting their piece of the profits, but otehr than that…

    make them pay 50% taxes on it, then gtive the rest to rehab programs/charities, let em walk, fine em, whatever

    or we can put them away in prison for weed.

    now if they have violence in connection, its diff, but seriously, just make money off weed “crime” and call it a day.

  10. bIG_SETH Says:


  11. E aka Mac with the Cheese Says:

    >>>>Being after work on a Friday

    This damned project management report + Nah = SMH
    say word? in the uk they refer to unclogging toilets as project management, fancy

    don’t forget to include all the plungers used, that’s a tax write off

  12. London Bloke Says:

    Yo the only thing i unclog is your girls pipes E

  13. E aka Mac with the Cheese Says:

    they’re even allowing serfs to use computers now, smh

  14. London Bloke Says:

    Roffle i havent typed anything except on Nah for atleast half an hr

    Home Time

    Safe weekend Nahkis


  15. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    Peace Bloke.

  16. b Says:

    damien renegaded nas on patience.they dropped a lot of gems on that cd.

  17. Eighty's Baby Says:

    Damn man, this is a trip. So Biggs was selling weed all this time eh? Meanwhile out here on the west coast the governator just decriminalized the shit. They are really taxing yall out there.

  18. Nahruto Uzumaki Says:

    BOW! BOW! BOW!

  19. Nahruto Uzumaki Says:

    *Daps TS1900*

  20. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    *Daps Nahruto Uaumaki*

  21. IN_SITE Says:

    sounds stange dude already made good millions with music that be backwards as hell

  22. Kufi smacks Says:

    Met a nigga from NY Bout two weeks ago, and he told me that niggas is paying 20 bucks for 0.3 grams in NY.

    0.3 grams? thats like a Kush nickel sack.

    Ny/50 sacks are Cali 18/20 Sacks…

    All i need is one trip with the Right connect and im on…


    dam thats a bad situation. All over some fuckin trees that grew out the earth smh

  24. Van Sertima Says:

    Damn Reem.

  25. Kufi smacks Says:

    Biggs been slangin…

    Years ago he was caught with a bunch of Sour plants in house


    Its a bad day for NY all across the board tho…


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