It’s Friday (October 30), and while Halloween falls on a weekend this year and everyone’s getting excited, the only topic on everyone’s mind is the controversial track Beanie Sigel dropped targeting Jay-Z … called “I Ain’t Ya Average Cat.”
On the track, Beans details his frustrations with his former boss, the label he helped build (in Roc-A-Fella), and how Jay denied him a chance at inking a deal that would’ve gotten him “real money.” Then later, when the song comes to an end, the Philly rapper rants for two-plus minutes, explaining the reasoning behind the song.
“This ain’t about a dollar, this ain’t about me hating on you, or anything. Cuz, I never asked you for a dollar,” Beanie Sigel said. “When I came home from jail … you ain’t come one day to see me. Not one picture, or a letter. I went to the office and asked you: ‘Let me off Roc-A-Fella Records, out that situation, because somebody — no name, no blame — wanted me and wanted to give me some real money.’ You bounced that tennis ball around in your office for an hour, and went back-n-forth with me and told me you wasn’t gonna let me go.
“You was in the position to let me make my own money, and you couldn’t do that,” he continued.
Still, even with the problems he mentioned, Beanie makes it clear the track isn’t “a green light for everybody to make diss Jay-Z records.” Instead, it’s just a disagreement between brothers.
“I still got love for the n****,” said Beans. “This is like taking my brother in the yard for five minutes, cause I got a knot in my chest that I need to untangle.”
Following the track’s release, Beans dropped in on Charlamagne Tha God’s morning show on Philly radio station 100.3 on Friday to discuss the new track, and why he felt compelled to drop it.
During the interview, he explained that he felt slighted for not being included on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3. That, in addition to the way things went down in the past resulted in Beans airing out his feelings on wax.
“Jay in another place and I understand that. He did what he did … As far as signing people to Roc-A-Fella Records, you did that,” Sigel said on air. “But as far as the push that people coulda got that really could have did things, you didn’t do that. If you look at 50 Cent — no disrespect to the G-Unit, cause I love the way 50 Cent did with his dogs — but if you look at it, them dudes got more money and more bread than anybody in State Property. Because 50 made sure of that. 50 took his people on tour and paid them, not tell them it was a good look for them to be on tour.”
During the tenure at the Roc, State Property dropped hit records like “Feel It In the Air” (Beanie Sigel), “Roc the Mic” (Freeway) and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” (Young Gunz) — and even starred in two State Property movies and a clothing line, which eventually hit major department stores.
Beans revealed that Damon Dash was the one who helped him with the SP Clothing line, but in the end, even Dame screwed him.
“The clothing line and all that came about cause Dame did that. Dame gave me the clothing line,” Beans told Charlamagne. “I got the Pro-Keds thing that came from a situation that I did, but then Dame backdoored the sneak and gets with the licensee guy who licenses Rocawear and buys the license out the Pro-Keds, without me knowing it. So now, I am not getting 50% profit that I would be getting off every Pro-Ked sneaker sold with the SP logo on it like the original deal was…
“As a team player, why just wear the Pro-Keds when I can cross-market it and have my own sneaker? Then Dame stopped making Pro-Keds with the SP symbol on it,” he continued.
The ROC was, at one time, one of the most powerful labels in the game, but its run is now over. According to Beanie, he hasn’t spoken to Jay in over two years. And Dame, well, his spending was the reason for Roc-A-Fella’s demise, he said.