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Where You Been? Jaz-O Talks Passing On “Bad” Roc-A-Fella Deal, New Autobiography & More [VIDEO]



Jaz-O doesn’t have any problem embracing his age, and sharing his wisdom. Hip-Hop Wired linked up with the Brooklyn native and there was no question the man born Jonathan Burks shied away from answering.

“What they offered me was a $150,000 budget. I was like, ‘Okay, cool. Who controls the budget?’,” recalls Jaz-O about passing on recording contract from Roc-a-fella Records. “That was the issue. Who’s controlling the budget? Who’s paying for the studio, where am I working at and you didn’t mention anything about an advance in my pocket so how am I supposed to support myself? Damon [Dash] didn’t have write answers, but he made me the scapegoat for both of them.”

Lost in the dialogue whenever his contentious relationship with Jay Z gets dissected in the media, or a barbershop, is that the Originator helped put Hov in the game, period. [See: Moguldom Studios’ A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z, a doc that most were afraid to make right here.]  So we got intel on how at one point he was going to sign as an  R&B singer, when the last time he spoke to Jigga and even got him to comment on that infamous photo of him riding the train in NYC.

Where has Jaz-O been? Find out right here.

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  • Guest

    You can’t keep living off this story. Everyone gets help from someone, but they don’t hold them hostage for the rest of their life. I would think he knows how shady the record business is by now.

  • eli wol

    Shut up Jaz… Jay z is your master now

    • x’s time over

      uhn uhn uhn god don’t like ugly

  • blackgold

    There’s so much more to the music business then what the average people like us see. Jaz-o is a smart man and he know the deal. I was wondering whatever happened to him also. Seems like he’s doing o.k.

  • Jaz-O was featured on Most Elite Mondays pt. 41.