Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Beanie Sigel went from being a hustler on the streets to becoming on of the most revered names in the state of Hip-Hop. He’s made his mark on the game simply by being the person that he always knew; meaning that he perpetuated and image that was no other than himself.beanie_sigel2

In the dawn of the new millennium, there were various different artists and groups who had the necessary talent to extend beyond the sovereignties of Philadelphia (Gilly-Major Figgaz, Most Wanted to name a few) but Beanie Sigel was the artist who spear headed the game by linking up with the top dog of rap, Jay-z.

Eventually, the two became some what of dynamic duo. One who personified the lavish lifestyles of a successful hip-hop artist, and the other who spewed out the emotions of frustration and turmoil created by an impoverished human being; this for not only himself, but for the people… Through out the years, this polaric blend of Broadway and Broad Street fused together and created a bond that extended beyond an appreciation for music.

You know the saying “opposites attract,” well outside of the business aspects of music, this notion certainly held true. But what happens when something comes between those opposites? When a conflict of interest occurs? When the two differ in lifestyles and life choices? When one person feels that the heart is more important than the head…?

Those are questions that i cant answer entirely. But one thing is for sure, and thats somebody always ends up hurt. I hate to sounds so sentimental, but theres no getting around it.

Now I havent had the luxury of personally knowing Beans, but based on his body of work through out his career, and what from he speaks appears to be nothing short of “the truth” So its safe to assume that in the last song that he dropped called “The Average Cat” is no different. He speaks on the differences that he’s had between him and Jay. I’ll let you listen for yourself.

So as we know Beans has had his share of legal troubles. Despite the fact that some may disagree or lack empathy for his situation, he still has had to deal with it. Enduring the turbulences of coming from nothing, to making it big, back to dealing with legal discrepancies are tough for anybody.

In his latest interview with radio show host Charlemagne (100.3 The Beat) he goes in detail about how life was like for him through out all this drama, and how his so called homie Jay-Z pretty much left him out to dry.

Heres the interview so guys can see for yourself.

So there you have it.. Beans spilled out his heart and aired out most of what was going on behind closed doors. Obviously this issue involves money, but more importantly this is about looking out for ya man. I’ve heard a few different opinions about this matter. Some gives the “at the end of the day, this is still a business” explanation, while others see it as Jay-Z only looking out for himself.

My take on this matter is that, Jay could have been there for Beans. Yeah he got into a lot of trouble, but developing a friendship that extended beyond music was an insidious way to gain loyalty that would only benefit himself in the long run. I think Jay knew what he was doing. He took a talented street cat with a passion for music, and took advantage of his lack of understanding about the game. One thing that most people don’t realize, esp young and or up and coming artist, is that we still live in a capitalist society. The way this works is that the owner (Jay-Z for example) is trying to make as much money as he possibly can, regardless of personal or situational circumstances. Whats even worse is that coming from the business and media capital of the world, Jay-Z was born into a culture who understands this ideology and how it works. Beanie Sigel on the other hand came from a place where loyalty, respect and comradery was far more important than making a dollar. So although I understand the business aspect of it, I have to disagree with the people who side with Jay-Z. When your that rich, and have that much to spare, at what point do you realize that a person who considers you a brother to himself is more important than making MORE money. I mean as a person, Jay could of reached out to Beanie when he was doing his bid. Yeah He (Beanie) made some questionable decisions that cost him his freedom, thats still somebody that could use his help. I guess at the end of the day, people that dont want to be help cant be help, but theres a line between letting somebody learn the hard way and letting somebody deal with a world of shit on their own. Like Beanie said, he risked his career going to war with all of Jay-Z’s foes. So even if Jay didnt agree with the moves that Beanie made, just out of consideration and appreciation, I personally think that Jay could have schooled Beans a lot better. You can have all the tools and opportunity to be successful in life, but if no one teaches you how to utilized them, then what good are they?

But thats just my opinion.. Whats yours?

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Comments
  1. Kelly says:

    Nice article mike.. Thanks.. Hard situation. But beans is right.. Jay does owe him at least a conversation

  2. mdotphoenix215 says:

    At least that. Like he act like he didnt even care about his lively hood. thats messed up with u a man of that stature. jay did em dirty!

  3. Church says:

    when roc splitt dame dash had majority of state prop jay z had petti and chris and neff and beans wasnt out yet and he didnt help anybody except kanye. But i really cant say that cause he really didn’t kanye. He had to still stick with kanye cause was an double threat rapper and producer who wasnt so comercial but a crossover artist. Dame was the buissness man and jay z was the hustler. But i think through every great buisness man he mess over his employees or take avantage of them and only will notice if you make major moves in begin boost up his ego then one must have that knowledge to learn outside of just there profession just to see how things work. So Jay z is shiesty dude but the media doesnt portray him as that, neither do portray the egos of mogals like him who take other people styles, flow, and livelyhood and claim as there on.

  4. Church says:

    And every great buisness man is great cause they learn from there mistake so the jay z’s, the Diddy’s, and Russels Simeons only learn from what happen to them, when they started no one in the rap game got in easy everyone have bad deal but only a few get back into the game in fight. Check every artist thats out especially southern artist get trap in shitty deals starting out

  5. CiaraG says:

    I always wanted to believe what the rest of the roc members when they said Jay was shady. But anyone could of told Dam was shady, look at em lol. Lol and i remember when they did ask Jay if he would be responsible for beans and he flat out said no! but i mean who would want to be responsible for someone who already is in trouble and possibly could hurt ur career? If i was a rapper i wouldnt want to fuck with the law, cuz they jus watchin n waitin for u to srew up jus to lock u up. So jay was being appropriate. I love beans, always have, but idk if i can take his side of this one. cuz yea jay prolly is a lil messy, but from the sounds of every disapointed artist, who doesnt claim their record label screwed them over before? For him to use 50cent and G-Unit for a example, as to how jay shoulda treated him, doesnt make much of a point. becuz 50 had the same problem, tony yayo, game and them other jawns, makin records and tv appreneces sayin 50 was shady and didnt do much for their career. Then 50 gets on tv sayin basically them same as jay, like i put ur foot in the game showed u the way, now go do it for ur self. Some artist maybe jus expect for the label owner to make them as big as them. Maybe artist, who are still artist and not retired, shouldnt be the head of record labels becuz at the end of the day they prolly care for their artist but still want their own career to shine. IDK I think Jay is jus so old he doesnt care about the drama and babyin artist any more… but i had watchin this vid this morning b4 i heard beans. But their all ways two sides of a story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkTz0XErjwk

  6. Tarik Brooks says:

    I agree with you on this one Mike. I wasnt really too familiar with the whole situation but I knew that Beans had recently released an album into stores and when a friend of mine grabbed out of FYE, I was like dag this album hitting major retailers with 0 promotion. Who wouldnt be mad?? And its a situation where Jay not only ya friend, but its his JOB to ensure that Beans’ product is promoted well, how can u call that man a friend and turn the other cheek. Whats crazy is that the beef has been going on for so long and all my man is asking for is a conversation. He said he hasnt talked to him in 2 years!! A conversation would allow him to wipe his hands clean of it all and go on about his business. Applaud Jay for his capitalistic mentality, however I believe a rule of capitalism is to take what u can get but feed just enough that the horses will still work hard for u. And he just lost a thoroughbred with this one. Somebody gonna pick Beans up and have a soldier on their team.

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