Yesterday, producer Chauncey Mahan found himself at the center of an alleged extortion plot involving Jay Z's master recordings from the late 1990s and early 2000s — tapes valued between $15 and $20 million. Today, the accused Roc-A-Fella associate denied those charges to TMZ, arguing he was instructed by Def Jam to hold onto the recordings because they were ignored by everyone else. According to Mahan, while Jay is currently the third richest person in the hip-hop world, 2002 was a different story. Back then, he said, Hova was "a stupid kid smoking blunts," not yet eating fondue plates, as Drake would have it.
By keeping the recordings, Mahan says he saved them from being destroyed or harmed. He also said he told Jigga's people of his prized possessions multiple times over the years since 2002, when they supposedly went missing, but that no one cared until he threatened to auction them off last week, which precipitated the LAPD's involvement. The tapes are from 1999's Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter and 2000's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia.
And, according to Mahan, they sound "awful."
But none of this stopped Just Blaze from going on a Twitter tirade, with Chauncey's incompetency while working for Jay between 1998 and 2001 as the main subject of a 12-tweet blast. What's more, the famed Roc producer also claims he has backups of all of the tapes Chauncey allegedly extorted. "Dummy," he tweeted.
Here are a few highlights from yesterday's #BecauseChauncey assault:
The Dynasty intro sample flanges the entire time.. Guess why!? Chauncey.— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) April 21, 2014
We had to re record "streets is talking" vox. Why? Bc Chauncey.— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) April 21, 2014
If u listen to "get your mind right" from Dynasty, You'll notice all the choruses after the first one fall in the wrong places. Bc Chauncey— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) April 21, 2014
As we reported yesterday, the LAPD now have control of the tapes, as law enforcement officials decide who has the right to ownership. Aside, Jay's posse has taken out a grand larceny claim against Chauncey, and that is currently ongoing with the NYPD.
It's cool, Jay Z's got another stockpile: