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One of Jay-Z’s first hip hop appearances was in 1989 when he appeared alongside his mentor Jaz-O in the single “Hawaiian Sophie.”
In 1996, Hova decided to link up with both Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke to create Roc-A-Fella records and release the album Reasonable Doubt.
Around that time, the team tried to sign Jaz-O to the label for $300,000. The proposal was rejected reportedly due to the price of the contract, and also because Jay-Z’s mentor allegedly didn’t trust Dash or Biggs. Over the years he did feature on tracks such as “Foundation,” and the 1999 hit “Jigga What.”
In 2002, both Jay-Z and Jaz-O got into a beef which was eventually squashed as late as last year.
It looks like it was the perfect time for the two to do business as found by OnSmash, that Hova’s mentor signed a contract with Roc Nation.
The announcement was made in April on The Originator’s Instagram page. His Kingz Kounty Media Group is getting equity distribution from the imprint on the label.