Memphis Bleek Talks New ‘Empire’ and Jay-Z

Posted on October 8, 2008
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Roc-A-Fella artist Memphis Bleek was recently interviewed  by Jabari Johnson where he talks about how he is flexing his own business skills, outside of what his mentor Jay-Z has done for him. The rapper talks about what he has been doing since his last album was out in '05, titled 534

“What I’ve been doing now is building my empire, my imprint. My Get Low thing…Roc-A-Fella for life,” Bleek said. “Even though Roc-A-Fella’s in the blood, [Jay] gave me the opportunity to step out and make Get Low Records for my own company—and really get all the proceeds, make all the money from my projects. And I don’t think nobody right now, nobody’s boss would let them do that in the position I’m in and still be on stage with them touring.”

He also spoke about how he didn't want to tail on Jay-Z with his whole Live Nation deal so he could become his own boss.

“The whole thing came about when I spoke to Hov, he’s moving everything off of Def Jam and about to start off his Roc Nation thing,” Bleek continued. “My idea was like, ‘Cool, you leaving Def Jam, let me get the opportunity to experience life on my own, for a minute. Let me branch out. This’ll be the best time for me to step out that shadow.”

Related:Memphis Bleek Talks About His Relationship with Jay-Z

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