Rapper Memphis Bleek has dismissed reports of a rift with mentor JAY-Z, insisting the hip-hop mogul is the "kindest" person on the planet.
The Is That Your Chick? star, real name Malik Thuston Cox, sparked rumours he had fallen out with Jay-Z after quitting his recording contract with Def Jam Records, where the Big Pimpin' hitmaker previously served as president.
But Bleek has defended Jay-Z against allegations he failed to look after his roster of artists while in charge of Def Jam - and reveals it was the rap icon's idea for him to leave the company and boost the profile of his own label, Get Low Records.
He says, "Jay's the kindest n**ga that walk the face of this earth and everything ain't money.
"N**ga gave everybody he knew... opportunity, that's all you can ask for... I left Def Jam... I had options to put out another album on Def Jam but then I had a meeting with him and he made it real clear to me, 'Why do that, you got the opportunity right now to run your own company. I'ma get you the distribution deal for Get Low Records, you sign your artists, drop your albums under Get Low and I'ma still executive produce.'"