Yesterday Complex dropped part one of the “Jewels From Irv Gotti” series, in which Irv talk about why Jay Z didn’t initially believe in DMX at Def Jam.
Today Complex dropped the second episode in their series, and I’m starting to see a pattern of Irv Gotti pretty discrediting Hov, tell me if I’m wrong here.
In part two, Gotti gives detail of how Hova copied Biggie’s formula of working with Puffy’s Hitmen production team instead of Himself, Preemo and more gritty producers on In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 after Biggie Smalls the King of NY died.
“Biggie died [and Jay Z] went and ran to the Biggie formula,” says Irv. “So he figured, ‘I’ll get all them great records they were about to give Big!’ But that wasn’t his energy. It was a Bad Boy, Hitmen album – ‘Sunshine,’ ‘You Belong To The Streets,’ all that bullshit.”
“His Vol. 1 album sold platinum. X comes out and sells five [million]. Now he’s looking for shit. He’s in my office a little bit more now at Def Jam.” Gotti goes on to describe how Jay heard “Can I Get A…” and took the record from Ja Rule.