Brooklyn O.G. Discredits Jay-Zís Past
During the 80s and early 90s in Brooklyn, one of the names ringing in the streets was Calvin Klein Bacote. Not to be confused with the fashion designer. This is the man that most would recognize the name from Jay-Zs Allure, I never felt more alive/ than ridin shotgun in Kleins green five.
Recently released from prison, after spending his last 13
years locked up on drug charges; Bacote
is determined to hit the streets hard. From working with DJ Clark Kent on a new mixtape series Streets is Talking; starting his own label, Shut Em Down Entertainment
(currently with acts such as Natural
and St. Laz); to being Akon's tour manager.
Klein was recently on Kay Slays Shade45 radio show and discussed some interesting issues about fellow Brooklynite, Jay-Z.
You were afilliated with, you were partners with Jay-Z early in his career?
Dont go partners. Thats a little too much for dude. To give him that in the 80s thats like way too much I mean back then, he was in line. He was a soldier Klein responded. In the 80s Jay was not trying to be a drug dealer, he was trying to be a rapper. In order for him to transcend himself into this hell of a dude, he had to take characters of guys from the 80s; one being myself.
So this is one of those stories of rappers not speaking about real life and theyre speaking about someone elses life?
I mean I give him 10% of his life he talked about Hes from Brooklyn. He lived in Marcy Projects. His name was Shawn Carter. He got that right
You see James Brown getting royalties for people sampling him right? I want royalties from you sampling me now, Klein said then proceeded to repeat Jays line from Allue. He was humble about it. He gotta realize you cant just live the next persons life without acknowledging em when they come home. [So he did pay homage?] Yea he had to.
I know you did a little bid. How long you been down?
I did 13 years, a little over 13 years. I caught a case with Jay in 89. We caught attempt murder case in 89. I took the weight of the case. If that wasnt the case you probably wouldnt have heard of Jay before. I mean then after that he testified on my behalf. The case went to 40 years down to 4 years. I got out on appeal bail. Then after that I was on federal investigation.
Jay pretty much told me to fall back like Yo, I got you. Words like that coming from a person of that caliber, you really are gonna fall back and by doing that I blocked my blessings and didnt allow any other gifts to come in I made the mistake of coming back too humble because of all the trials that were going on like the Irv Gotti situation and Supremes. People werent used to seeing me so humble. Maybe if I came home and put my foots on Jays neck, maybe I would have been cutting the check to him.
He [Jay] has built this image of being a hustler, which a lot of people respect that. How can you negate that?
To me Jays a white boy on the inside, no offense to any white boys. But to me hes a white boy on the inside and Im only waiting for time to tell what hes gonna do with the outside of himself Im surprised he should have done himself a favor by pulling me into his his team. How you gon let Akon pull me in, official Konvict Akon provided the chance and an opportunity for guys like myself, to be in the position Im in. Jay could have done that out the gate but he didnt.
Do you feel any animosity towards him [Jay]?
There is no animosity, because if I came up here with animosity, it wouldnt look right. If I had animosity it would only be cause Im broke and thats not the case ... I approached him at the set of the Young Jeezy and Akon Soul Survivor video, went to Jeezys trailer to go talk to him and 30 seconds after the conversation he left I dont wanna give Jay or anybody the impression that Jay is scared lets just put it like this, I dont think hes gonna respond. He better not.
Would you be open to negotiating During the Jay-Z and Nas beef, Klein did an interview with Don Diva Magazine, where he shouts Jays name and giving him his credibility. What hSappened?
My case was up under appeal at the time and I took a chance when I did the interview in Don Diva for Jay, Nas ruined him and his credibility was shot, he had none He was startled himself by Nas exposing himself the way he did. Jays confidence level was zero; his confidence level was a wrap He had to realize how strong I was even from the inside and you cant be serious enough to not realize how strong I am out here?
So when they came to you
Yea I spoke to Clark Kent. I heard the song while I was locked up. I was like wow, the song holds so much truth to it. It was ridiculous. I was like how Nas could get so much information on him like that. I made the phone call to DJ Clark Kent in New York and he said, Yo, if he never needed you before he needs you now. I reached out to Kevin Childs and Don Diva and did the interview. I said a few words that gave Jay a little credibility, but once he got that back he got worse! How can you ignore Jaz-O? Jaz-O is the originator of your heart. He opened up every door that you can think off; he provided every opportunity you can imagine.
You just want the audience to know what from the situation?
Take the story. Take his part and you take mine. He told his story already in rhyme; so if he say anything now its just gonna contradict himself and make himself look stupid. Thats why I told you, he cant respond. His press people are gonna say no comment.
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