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EXCLUSIVE: Chauncey Mahan Continues To Deny Jay Z Extortion, Supplies Text Convo With Lenny S. [PHOTOS]


So the alleged engineer extortion plot continues to get deeper. After Chauncey Mahan told his side to TMZ, the public seemed to still doubt the former Roc-A-Fella Records employee. Now text messages between Mahan and longtime Jay Z associate Lenny S. have surfaced lending more credibility to his defense.

In a message from one of his representatives, Mahan stands firm with his account that he went out of his way to guard the recordings even though he no longer worked with the Roc.

My clients job was to protect that music. When he left Roc-A-Fella in 2002, he continued to protect the music. When my client spoke with Mr. Santiago, he wasn’t looking to get paid. He was informing RocNation that the drives used to record the music were going to be auctioned off. He’s being persecuted for continuing to protect Jay-Z’s music.”

Furthermore text messages between Lenny “Lenny S.” Santiago and Mehan show that they were in talks to have Roc Nation pick up the tab for the storage unit costs. Chauncey also fired back at Just Blaze for his tweets painting the engineer as a “slacker” and the reason why some of the mastered music from the The Dynasty: Roc La Familia sounds poorly.  

“Mahan stopped working with Jay-Z. Not because Hip-hop or Just Blaze were sick of him but because he wanted something different. Since 2002 Mahan has put his focus on advancing his education. Just Blaze claims the MASTERED music sounds horrible because of Chauncey. Mr. Mahan is not in possession of the master copies, he has the rough copies, so perhaps the reason Jay-Z is up in arms all of a sudden is the music portrays a different Jay-Z,” reads the statement.

You can view the aforementioned text messages in the following pages. As of press time Chauncey has yet to be charged with any crime and LAPD is in possession of said recordings.

What do you make of this fiasco? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Dollface

    It seems like he had the items in storage as part of his internship. He should have advised Jay’s team that those items were in storage when he departed from his position. Not hold on to the items until you’re no longer able to afford to pay the storage fees. Why would he allow his storage to get so far gone before he contacted anyone about it? In his defense I fail to see where the extortion plot begins, it seems like he’s only asking for $2500 to pay the storage.

    • Shiva Amina

      I agree…but the better question is what respectable professional with material like that would allow or want the ‘intern’ to be responsible/manage storage for items like that. Am I to believe that Mr. Carter himself, his management, or even the record label couldn’t be bothered at the time to store away their own possessions? It just doesn’t seem logical to me. Seems like they screwed up and now they’re trying to throw this man under the bus for their own incompetence.