Memphis Bleek Dislikes Jay Z's Shoutout On "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)"

Memphis Bleek says Jay Z's shoutout on Kanye West's "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)" is something he has to "get over."

When Jay Z appeared on Kanye West's "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)" in 2005, he referenced Memphis Bleek. "Bleek could be one hit away his whole career," Jay Z raps on the track. "As long as he's alive, he's a millionaire / And even if I die, he's in my will somewhere / So he can just kick back and chill somewhere / Oh yeah, he don't even have to write rhymes." 

Memphis Bleek recently discussed his perspective on the shoutout and how the line was perceived. 

"I don't like that line 'cause that line put a stamp on my career," Memphis Bleek says in an interview with This Is 50. "I feel people look at me as if Jay is just taking care of me. That line was basically, I guess, in his mind, a shoutout. But people take it literally and serious, like I'm just chilling somewhere [like] I'm not working. As you see, I'm here. I gotta work."

Despite acknowledging that he needs to work, Memphis Bleek says he understands that Jay was likely being sincere with the rhyme. 

"I'm pretty sure he got me taken care of," Bleek says. "That's my guy...[But] my son don't wanna hear Hov got us. He wants to know dad got us...Dad got it...He wanna be at dad's tours. He don't wanna be at Hov's tours. He wanna be at dad's tours. 

"I love my guy," Bleek adds. "Hov's my brother. The shoutout was it, but what I'm saying is what it did to my career after, how the fans and the deejays and people look at me, it's just another chapter."

Memphis Bleek's next chapter may include turning the page on the effects of the line, he says.  

"It's just something I gotta get over," Bleek explains. "I'ma get through it. We fighters, baby. We get through it." 

In 2009, Memphis Bleek spoke with HipHopDX about his relationship with Jay Z and how it may impact the fans' perception of his work ethic as well. 

"My main focus is just letting people know that I do this, ‘cause I don’t get no credit, man," Bleek said at the time. "Everybody give Jay [Z] my credit, which is cool. That’s my man. I ain’t mad. But he don’t pick my beats, he don’t write my rhymes and he damn sure ain’t in the studio with me every session telling me to go with that record." 

During that 2009 interview, Bleek also spoke about loyalty to his longtime friend Jay Z.

"I been down with Jay from before Jay was Jay, when he was known as Shawn in the projects, I been rollin’ with him, ‘til now," Bleek said at the time. "We went from borrowing sugar from each other house to this dude - 'Yo, let me hold a G5.' And nothing changed. That’s my dude. Whether he said no on anything, or yes to anything, you have to follow orders. It’s protocol. It’s rules to a team. It’s certain things you have to do in life. And it’s just saying I made a lot of sacrifices to keep my loyalty to my team. A lot of ‘em." 

To read the full 2009 Memphis Bleek interview, click here

RELATED: Memphis Bleek: Strength & Loyalty [Features]


  • balaramesh

    Bleek would be a top rapper these days. he always was compared to Hova.

  • Cizzurp

    A bunch of new and dumb hiphop fans commenting as usual. When Bleek was at his peak his brother got shot. He put music on hold to take care of him. Bleek always came thru on shit. Verses, projects with Beans etc. of course he aint Hov but being in the shadow of Jay on the rise gave him no real shot. Kanye came when Hov was already the man and focused on executive status. Bleek is basically saying as a grown man, he wants to work hard for himself. Either way he will die richer than any of you clowns. I can tell 85% of these comments are from people who didnt even cop Reasonable Doubt until the re-release. Its ok not to comment if you dont know about shit. Learn that. The internet gives any idiot the space to type nonsense.

  • tigerking79

    Just another case of Jay-Z screwing over one of his friends, in a long line of screwing over friends.

  • jumbo380

    Jigga was defending from the song game dissed him on back then saying bleek ain't had no hits.this lame should appreciate jay holding him down in the battle AND ZIN his will..that line didn't define his career,if u can make hot shit u can make hot shit PERIOD!! and bleeks shit got trash..

  • Anonymous

    Why have an article about something that happened in 2005? Is it a slow news day?

  • Anonymous

    Who gives a shit? (yawn)

  • Yssup Kidz

    Bleek was not underrated. He was rated accurately. Just average. Nothing he did was memorable. What Jay said had no impact on Bleek's career. Bleek should not have had a rap career to begin with.

  • Anonymous

    yeah i see why he'd feel that way. he's underrated to a point. don't get me wrong, he's not stellar, but he held down tracks w/ jay z. that says something.

  • Anonymous

    I remember bumping "The understanding" in high school...shit was banger after banger. Bleek has a point though. Jay got him in making videos for garnier fructice lol

  • Anonymous

    The line is sincere alright, all about Jay basically?

  • Anonymous

    i'm pretty sure bleek and jigga dont give a fuck about comments from broke niggaz on hiphop websites

  • Justin Hunte

    The real loser here is Shyne. Had he said yes when Hov invited him on "Coming of Age," we never would've heard of Memphis Bleek.

  • R.Pgh

    so this was a 5 year old interview and you're just now writing about it?

  • Big Bang

    You nerds never get shit. That line pretty much ended Bleeks career.(In Bleeks words defined his career) After that you heard nothing from bleek.

  • J dirty

    I can see both sides of it...The Man's pride probly got shit on with that line a bit.I thought bleeks first album was classic.

  • Anonymous

    I'm pretty sure Hov didn't tell him to do that Garnier Fructis commercial...

  • Wolfman

    Aye, I think that line has more respect in it then Bleek appreciates. First, think how many people have probably come to Jay-Z for hand outs. I doubt he's helping all these people. But, he saw something in Bleek to back him, and he's backed him since Day 1. So, he must respect Bleek's talent or work ethic. I think he really believes Bleek's music could have taken off more, and just missed the mark. So, he threw that line up as acknowledgement to the loyalty they've shared, and let him know he's got him on the paper trail regardless of whether he makes that hit or not. That's how I see it...

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, god point but the fact he's saying this is probably the reason why Jay would still back him. He doesn't want the hand out, even after all this, he wants his own, and cause of that, Jay feels even better supporting dude, cause he knows its not about his success, but real loyalty.

    • Anonymous

      good point, not quite godly

  • Anonymous

    THIS GUY...ungrateful sounding n*&^a...when u was on, u was decent(so-so) at best brah...Jay shouted u out on sum REAL BROTHER shit and u salty...TRUTH REALLY DOES HURT... my man GIVE ME YA WORRIES...take his advice and fall back, enjoy life and the fact that all will be well if ya just play ya position...rappin just ain't ya thang anymore...

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  • Anonymous

    You have to be realistic and honest with yourself. He had two options a.) shut the fuck up and eat, or b.) run your mouth and starve. This nigga chose option a.

  • Anonymous

    Dude had everything handed to him on a silver plate for years: top notch production on every single album, dope features from label mates and Jay himself, a major label behind his back ... And all this for what? To constantly prove that he's the weakest link and never going to live up for the hype. Don't get me wrong, Bleek is decent and had his moments but he was never anything special. Imagine what AZ, Black Thought or Pharaohe Monch would have been capable of with this kind of background, just to name a few. No doubt that Bleek is loyal, but deep down he knows damn well he'd be a nobody without Jay.

  • Anonymous

    That nigga jealous as fuck onna low! Just say that's my nigga and shut up instead of throwing all that extra BS in cause if I'm Jay and I'm reading this I'm like this nigga on some other shit!

  • Anonymous

    Regardless, Bleek is respected in the game. Be sure to checkout thegrandreport, they have some good hip hop and viral videos on there

  • HA

    Bleek low key hating...HOV had a MAJOR part in his career...Yeah he's loyal ok why aint he on ROC NATION or at least signed to Roc a Fella..Go check his WIKI he aint been putting in work..last mixtape was in 2012

  • Anonymous

    Dude lucky as fuck. never knew how close they were.

  • Anonymous

    Dude should be happy he is a millionaire. He doesn't have to work at all now plus nobody would be checkin for his ass any damn ways.

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