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Kareem “Biggs” Burke Interview with Angie Martinez

Thursday, October 20th, 2016


Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke has been doing rounds of press to promote the Reasonable Doubt 20th Anniversary pop-up shop that opened in NYC today and he sat down with Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez to talk about, among other things, his role at the groundbreaking label and its enduring influence in the game.

He also speaks on his participation in the signing of Kanye West and how instrumental he was in the production of College Dropout, his time in prison and how it ended up being a positive for him, why he wasn’t mad at Kanye for not reaching out during that time, his relationship with Jay and Dame and Jay’s continued success.

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Kanye West – Tim Westwood Freestyle (2004)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


Westwood hits us with a gem for this week’s Throwback Thursday. With Dame Dash and Biggs looking on, Kanye West goes in over his “Slow Jamz” instrumental and spits a medley of verses that would eventually end up on a bunch of different tracks such as the “Hold On (Remix),” “This Way” and “Gettin It In.” Recorded in 2004.

Watch below.

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Dame Dash Speaks on Biggs Incarceration

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

During a sitdown with Sway on RapFix Live yesterday, Dame spoke on his former partner Kareem “Biggs” Burke’s incarceration on drug traficking charges and expresses his displeasure with people who Biggs helped throughout the years that have neglected to reach out to him in prison.

Previously: Dame Dash Calls Out The NY Daily News | Dipset vs. Fool’s Gold Basketball Game Recap

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

Friday, October 15th, 2010

“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…

Meet Hoffa & Me If You Wan’ Get Your Shit Right

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Jay & Dame’s silent partner from the Roc-A-Fella days, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, says he’s going to get Cam’ron and Jim Jones talking again. Jimmy hinted at something of the sort on 106 & Park last week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Diplomatic Immunity 3… Cam is having too much fun right now: