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In a candid interview with MTV, Just Blaze, who has since been relatively quiet in comparison to his superstar contemporary Kanye, discussed his strained relationship with former collaborator Cam'ron and the dissension that began to build within the label's ranks.
"Obviously, there was a division starting to happen between the camps," the 'Oh Boy' producer began. "Whereas Roc-A-Fella used to encompass Get Low, State Property, Diplomats, M.O.P., all of a sudden you start to see the dissent between different camps, arguments are starting to happen, silent conflicts where neither person is saying, but their actions are making it apparent."
According to Just, who helmed four songs on Cam's third album, 'Come Home With Me,' their tension began when the Dipset leader offered Just a Dipset chain, but then reneged, claiming the beatsmith should have owed his allegiance solely to the Dips. "I walked into the studio one day and Cam said to me, 'You should've been Dipset,'" Just explained. "He had just bought like 10 Dipset chains, so I was like, 'I need my chain -- wassup?' He was like, 'Yo, I had the chain but you should've been Dipset.' I said, 'I'm Dipset just as much as I am State Property, just as I am Get Low, just as I am Roc-A-Fella.'"
Unfortunately, the producer's explanation wasn't enough. When he later attempted to get the rapper on a song with Mariah Carey, Cam apparently told the beatsmith, "F you, F your beats. It's no drama, we're just not F'in with you no more."
Though Just claims that he bears no animosity, their relationship did not survive the petty dispute.
"You can't say, like, eight years later, 'Let's feel it like that again,'" Just explained. "It doesn't work like that. It's not beef, it's not drama, but if the vibe ain't there ... That being said, I've done records or done beats where I'd be like, 'He would've killed this,' but the lines of communication ain't open like that."
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