The Originators Reunite: JAY-Z Has Signed Jaz-O To Roc Nation

The Originators Reunite: JAY-Z Has Signed Jaz-O To Roc Nation

Some of JAY-Z's early and breakthrough Rap appearances came courtesy of his Marcy projects neighbor, Jaz-O. The Jaz, who was signed to EMI Records, featured his friend Jay on video singles "Hawaiian Sophie" and "The Originators." At the time, the two Brooklyn MCs employed a similar stuttered rhyme style.

However, just as Jay's career started to take flight, Jaz's shifted gears. 1996's Reasonable Doubt featured Jaz-produced single "Ain't No Ni**a" as well as a vocal appearance on "Bring It On." Jaz became a staple on Jay's first three albums. He appeared in sequel single, "Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originators '99)" on the five-times-platinum Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life album.

However, the two drifted apart by the early 2000s. When Jay's Roc-A-Fella Records tried to bring Jaz-O (as well as Sauce Money) under contract, things soured (according to Jay’s “What We Talkin’ About” verse in 2009). No longer teammates, disses quickly transpired in the early 2000s, on both sides. On “December 4th”, Jigga took shots at Jaz for providing free Rap services.

In late 2017, the two men were photographed together during Jay's 4:44 Tour United Center stop in Chicago, Illinois. It appears their relationship has flourished since then. Jaz-O confirmed signing a deal with Jay's current imprint, Roc Nation. On Smash broke the story, which Jaz posted on his Instagram in the Spring, reporting that Jaz’s Kingz Kounty Media Group will be getting distribution from the R-O-C.

In 2002, Jaz released Kingz Kounty, which involved DJ Premier, M.O.P., and Grandmaster Caz.

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The Originators Reunite: JAY-Z Has Signed Jaz-O To Roc Nation
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