Kareem “Biggs” Burke is definitely a pivotal figure in the history of hip-hop. Along with Jay-Z and Dame Dash, Biggs co-founded the legendary Roc-A-Fella Records label and made his mark as the quiet dude behind the scenes making things happen.
However, Biggs’ life was brought to halt in 2012. He was one of more than 50 people arrested in a federal sting called “Operation Green Venom.” He stood charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of cannabis (after a plea deal, that number was knocked down to 100 kilos). He ended up serving five years in prison.
Today, in an interview released by The Breakfast Club, Biggs detailed how he got caught up in the conspiracy (around the 6:04 mark). According to him, he was in the process of buying dispensaries in California, when an associate in New York asked to be hooked up with the farmers that supplied his dispensaries. Weed ended up crossing state lines and a cannabis trafficking conspiracy was determined. According to Biggs, since he hooked up the parties involved, he caught a charge, too. Nevertheless, he kept his mouth shut and did his five.
Biggs also chops it up with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy about his foray into the fashion industry, the founding of Roc-A-Fella, his relationships today with Jay-Z and Dame Dash, Big L filming the infamous battle between Jay and DMX, a new Roc-A-Fella documentary and more.
Give the full interview a view below: