The Gramercy Theater was packed to the brim last night for the Roc-A-Fella Reunion Concert. Without Hov or Beans, the Young Gunz, Freeway and Memphis Bleek held things down with special guests, Mos Def, Peedi Crakk and N.O.R.E. With Young Gurue and Just Blaze on the turntables, here’s a recap of what you missed.
Anyone remember this? Well, thedynamics does. Before the Mike Tyson vs. Clifford Etienne fight eight years ago, Showtime aired the first televised hip-hop concert featuring Jay-Z and his Roc boys. Here’s footage of Jigga running through, “U Don’t Know” and the remix, before M.O.P. makes us “Ante Up”! Here’s to the Roc.
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, Kareem “Biggs” Burke and 43 others (including a High Times magazine staffer) were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their alleged involvement in a narcotic ring. According to the NY Post, agents raided Biggs’ home in North Bergen, NJ this morning. Reports say the network was ran by Geovanny “Manny” Rodriguez Perez and operated along the East Coast. Agents seized $1 million and 177 pounds of marijuana. In regards to the bust, special agent Jim Hayes said:
“He [Perez] has created a super drug distribution network that has controlled the marijuana market in NYC. It was transported in bulk from Florida to New York. From there it was divvied up among three main cells in the NYC-area and distributed to their clients. Right now we are focused on taking down the network and, as the investigation continues, we want to make sure that other rival networks or other co-conspirators cannot use the same tools.”
UPDATE: Damn, homie.