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Roc-A-Fella Records

Roc-A-Fella Records was an American hip hop record label founded by rapper/entrepreneur Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Damon "Dame" Dash, Kareem "Biggs" Burke in 1995. It was operated as a division of Def Jam Recordings; the foundation of the label occurred in 1995, beginning as an independent outlet for rapper Jay-Z's 1st album. After being turned down by several major labels, Carter and Burke started their own label through Priority, using money from the music videos provided by Payday due to their singles only deal. Though Reasonable Doubt didn't attain commercial success, it spawned several hits, procured Jay-Z a reputation in the hip-hop community. Starting out as Roc-A-Fella's only artist, Jay-Z was supported by The Notorious B. I. G.'s producer DJ Clark Kent and DJ Ski, working with Camp Lo. According to Dame, the label had intended on releasing Nas' group The Firm, but the deal fell through: Nas and AZ was supposed to be on'Bring it On,' they kept not showing up. That's, they didn't show up. We was meeting and they was saying,'Yeah,' but they wasn't showing up.

We would be waiting and we would be getting offended. So we brought Jaz on the song; the snub, a sample clearance issue with the Nas-sampling Reasonable Doubt song "Dead Presidents II," were elements that contributed to tension between Jay-Z and Nas. In 1997, Roc-A-Fella agreed to a 50/50 distribution deal with Def Jam; as such, the only release in 1997 was Jay-Z's second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, but the label and its figurehead artist saw increasing popularity due to a high-profile appearance by Jay on B. I. G.'s posthumous complete with Roc-A-Fella and Damon Dash references. While Memphis Bleek signed with the Roc, Sauce Money chose to pursue a deal with Priority, Jaz refrained from signing anywhere and provided production for only one song on Vol. 1, "Rap Game/Crack Game." In 1998, Roc-A-Fella Records released the movie Streets Is the accompanying soundtrack. O. P. and DJ Clue, as well as producer Irv Gotti and the short-lived group, Murder Inc.. Jay's 1998 album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, saw him depart from his previous entourage and venture forth with producers Swizz Beatz, The 45 King and Jermaine Dupri.

Vol. 2 spawned his first major hit, "Hard Knock Life", became the label's first Platinum-RIAA certified release. DJ Clue released the 1st of his collaboration-album-style series in The Professional, which saw the first Roc-A-Fella appearance of Cam'ron. Though Da Ranjahz put in appearances on Memphis Bleek's 1st album, Coming of Age, in 1999, they soon parted ways with Roc-A-Fella. Jay-Z's 1999 album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter continued Jay's new affiliations with then-popular producers. Jay-Z put out The Dynasty: Roc La Familia as a solo album. Intended to be a collaboration project, it nonetheless featured heavy appearances by Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek, along with a Philly rapper Freeway guest spot that led to him being signed to Roc-A-Fella. Rather than return to Timbaland or Swizz Beatz for production, Jay selected beats from a new crop of producers: Kanye West, The Neptunes and Just Blaze; each beat-smith would go on to become involved in future Roc-A-Fella projects. The new millennium saw.

Although Jay-Z remained the label's prominent image—with the acclaimed release of The Blueprint and the closing of his trial for the 1999 stabbing of producer Lance Rivera—other Roc artists began to gain popularity and acceptance. In 2000, Beanie Sigel released The Truth and reached #5 on the Billboard charts, DJ Clue released The Professional 2, Memphis Bleek released The Understanding. Although Clue and Beans's albums hit the top five on the Billboard charts, Bleek's album was in the top twenty. Nonetheless, all three albums were certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States of America. Amil's album, had lackluster sales. Jay-Z and Damon Dash began signing up new talent, including Cam'ron and several young Philly rappers that were compiled into the Freeway/Sigel-led group, State Property. During this time, Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel were embroiled in a feud with Ruff Ryders Entertainment artists Jadakiss and DMX. Disses back and forth between Jay-Z and Jadakiss implied a conflict between Jay and former groupmate DMX, led to a full-on war of words between Sigel and Kiss, culminated in a diss by Beanie Sigel over Jada's hit "Put Your Hands Up," after which the rivalry faded.

Cam'ron put out his Roc-A-Fella Records debut Come Home with Me in 2002 to Platinum-RIAA certified status, shortly after signed his group The Diplomats to Roc-A-Fella, as well. From 2002 to 2003, Damon Dash signed several artists in response to Jay-Z's talk of retirement after his 2002 album The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse, he signed M. O. P. and Ol' Dirty Bastard, gave Grafh a joint-venture deal, attempted to sign Twista and Joe Budden. Roc-A-Fella experienced its height in product releases and overall popu

Rich But Honest

Rich But Honest is a 1927 American silent comedy drama film directed by Albert Ray and Horace Hough and written by Randall H. Faye; the film stars Nancy Nash, John Holland, Charles Morton, J. Farrell MacDonald; the film was released on May 1927 by Fox Film Corporation. Nancy Nash as Florine Candless John Holland as Bob Hendricks Charles Morton as Dick Carter J. Farrell MacDonald as Diamond Jim O'Grady Tyler Brooke as Barney Zoom Ted McNamara as Heinie Marjorie Beebe as Maybelle Ernest Shields as Archie Doris Lloyd as Mrs. O'Grady Coy Watson Jr. as Jimmie The film is now considered lost. List of lost films 1937 Fox vault fire Rich But Honest at the American Film Institute Catalog Rich But Honest on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie

A Warm December

A Warm December is a 1973 American romantic drama film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead role as Dr. Matt Younger, it stars Jamaican actress Esther Anderson as Catherine, Matt's love interest. Anderson's performance as an African princess won her a NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in 1973; the film is notable for an appearance of Letta Mbulu singing, with an African choir, "Nonqonqo" by Miriam Makeba. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson conducted the score; the story was influenced by Love Story. It was shot at Pinewood Studios. Dr. Matt Younger is a widowed American who takes his daughter on a month-long vacation in London. While there, he meets the niece of an African Ambassador. Catherine is involved in negotiations with the Soviet Union to build a vital hydroelectric project in her country; as the pair begin to develop feelings for one another, Dr. Younger learns that the two men following Catherine are not the sinister characters he suspected. One is a bodyguard sent by her uncle, the other is a doctor monitoring the Sickle-cell disease that will end her life all too soon.

She herself says. When Dr. Younger proposes, Catherine must decide not only between love and loyalty to her country, but between seizing the time that remains to her and saddling the man she loves with her inevitable death. In the end, she refuses, thanking him for a “warm December”. A Warm December on IMDb A Warm December at the TCM Movie Database