Kareem “Biggs” Burke has always been an enigma to the casual hip-hop fan. As a co-founder of the legendary Roc-A-Fella Records, with Jay Z and Dame Dash, “Hoffa” moved more like an old school La Cosa Nostra boss, in silence. Roc fans would always see Biggs’s name in the album credits and occasionally see him in the videos, but the man, largely, remained a mystery.
Biggs’ most publicized act was his 2012 conviction on charges of, allegedly, conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of bud. The lowkey mogul was sentenced to five years in prison as part of “Operation Green Venom,” an investigation that netted more than 50 arrests. Having served his time, Biggs is back and has hit the ground running. He made headlines when he appeared on Instagram at an soiree he threw for his new clothing line, Fourth of November, where he was pictured with the likes of Pusha T and Cam’ron.
In a rare move, Biggs granted an exclusive interview with prominent hip-hop journos Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller, for their acclaimed Rap Radar podcast. In the interview, Biggs covers much ground, detailing his dealings with Fourth of July, his case and incarceration, the come up of Da Roc and more. Hear what one of the hip-hop culture’s true influential voices had to say below.