When Come Home With Me dropped, this was the record everyone was talking about for a moment. Tucked almost towards the end of the CD, The ROC (Just Fire) came to be one of the best ROC posse cuts they had (hmmmm, I’d say top 10). Who ripped it the most though?
Memphis Bleek: On a regular day, you wouldnt think Bleek had a chance vs Cam or Beanie with a verse. I guess because he was fresh from his break, he had some good time to write some heat, he came strong. I remember hearing this for the first time and yelling “Bleeeeeeeeeek!!!!!!!”, he was rapping with such adrenaline spitting line for line so precise, clearly “back on his grizzly”. He surprised me on this one. I can believe this verse was almost taken off the record!
Favorite Line: M-Easy, won’t leave, my hood need me
Pop fa’ sheezy, who don’t believe me?
We all criminals but live like a diplomat
We get low, when the dough low, get it back
Beanie Sigel: Here is something you can’t understanddddddd, I like how came in with that Cypress Hill while flipping it to make it fresh. Beans come through with a more complex flow where midway he’s acting like a guide/coach of some sort, even opting to suggest for the Acura over a Bentley. ha! A signature aggressive Beans verse but at this point, him and Bleek are neck and neck.
Favorite Line: Yea that Bent get back but listen scrap, the Acura fast! (lol)
Camron: After hearing the first line from Cam, i knew he was going for the knockout. Around this time, he was needing a good win as the newest member of the ROC. Line for line, Cam is dropping quotable after quotable. “Hungry hoes say Killa, feed me, feed me / calm down ma, easy easy!” hahaha who says stuff like that?I always liked how he flipped those dates too. I think he came pretty strong against some ROC vets and like most Cam verses, it sounds like its light work for him.
Favorite Line: They in love like the 14th of February
Play ’em like April 1st right before I slide off
It could be March 2nd, sound like July 4th
Halloween or Memorial Day
At your memorial be one year from today
My pick: Cam’ron
Just Blaze: “Beans was trying to do some weird, overlapping rhyme scheme. I don’t think anyone ever caught it. Jay’s actually on that record for, like, two words. People don’t realize that. It was towards the end of Beans’ rap, he screams out ‘Jigga Man!’
“I don’t know why he did that, but it’s there. That’s probably the funniest thing about that record. They were all one crew under the same roof trying to make good music, but it wasn’t like things were peachy all the time.
“I don’t talk about my records like this too much, but that beat was retarded, and we all knew it. This beat is beyond me. It’s special.
Bleek kills it and sets it off perfectly. Dame wanted to take him off because his claim was, ‘We need to position Bleek as a young LL because the ladies love him so much. We don’t need him to be on this record talking reckless or whatever, because we need to position him as the ladies man.’
“I remember Hip Hop saying, ‘We need a welcome to Roc-A-Fella record.’ Everyone was in agreement, so that’s what we did. This was actually the beginning of Dame and I falling out, because Dame wanted to take Bleek off the record.
“Bleek kills it and sets it off perfectly. Dame wanted to take him off because his claim was, ‘We need to position Bleek as a young LL because the ladies love him so much. We don’t need him to be on this record talking reckless or whatever, because we need to position him as the ladies man.’
“No one’s saying anything. Everyone is just standing around, looking around. I don’t even think Bleek was in the room at that time. Dame was trying to push things in that lane. I said to him, ‘You’re using the LL example. You forgetting about ‘I Shot Ya’? You forgetting about ‘I’m Bad’? Like you’re forgetting about ‘Can’t Live Without My Radio’?’
“I said, ‘Duke, those are all hard records. What made LL dope was that he could make a record like ‘I Need Love’ and then turn around and do ‘Rock The Bells.’ He could do a ‘Hey Luv’ or ‘Lounging,’ and turn around and do ‘I Shot Ya,’ or ‘One Shot At Love’ and turn around do ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ and then take it to club and do ‘Jingling Baby.’
“The girls already like Bleek. We don’t need to push him off of hard records and onto girl records just for the sake of him being an MC that appeals to females, because that’s not really where LL is at. Guys and girls liked LL in his prime, because he could do both and it was believable.’
“So, I spoke out very vocally about that, and I think that was the beginning of the fallout between Dame and I. We fought on that record. I remember saying to him, ‘You’ve always said that you’re not the music dude, you’re the business dude. So why are you getting involved in the music?’
I think that was the beginning of the fallout between Dame and I. We fought on that record. I remember saying to him, ‘You’ve always said that you’re not the music dude, you’re the business dude. So why are you getting involved in the music?’
“Me and him had already had a little bit of tension, so I was feeling some kind of way. At that point, I’d been putting records together for the label for a couple of years, and I was starting to see more of the dynamics of how things worked. I was like, Let me do what I do.
“I respect everyone’s opinion, and I take everyone’s opinion into consideration, but that record was perfect. You couldn’t ask for a better welcome to Roc-A-Fella record. I was like, ‘The only thing that could make this record better was if Jay got on it, and Jay will probably get on something else. This is fine the way it is, and Jay being on it might affect someone else’s verse.’
“Someone might have gotten their verse cut down, and I don’t want to do all that. The record is dope the way it is. We went back and forth throughout the course of that night, but the record stood the way it was and thank God, because that’s a mean one right there.”