If you’re familiar with Jay Z’s body of work, you might have picked up on the fact that he used to sell drugs. He’s mentioned it in a song or two (or 70). Some may even say he talks about it entirely too much. From tales of losing substantial work in “Never Change” to tales of almost being caught by the cops with a trunk full of weight in “99 Problems,” Jay Z has never been shy about his drug-dealing past.
Nonetheless last week, shock jock radio host Star (formerly of the controversial “Star & Buc Wild” show) recalled on his Snot97 radio show that Jay Z used to sell him cocaine back in the ’80s:
“Back in the late ‘80s, I went to this man on a few occasions, hand-to-hand. He had the good s—. Now his s— wasn’t as popping as the West Indians over in the ’90s and in Flatbush.”
Star went on tell how Jay would frequently break rule No. 6 of Biggie’s “Ten Crack Commandments” in that he frequently “extended credit to a cokehead in the wee hours” when he didn’t have enough to pay.
In his Vanity Fair cover story from last year, Jay Z attributed his present-day success in part to his drug-dealing past, saying some of the math skills are interchangeable:
“I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up.”
Star also had no qualms in mentioning that he was on a mission to “play Jay Z out” by rehashing his drug dealing past.
Jay Z and Star have a rocky history that goes back to the late ’90s. Their differences came to a head when Star and co-host Buc Wild made jokes on-air about the deadly plane crash that killed singer (and close Jay Z friend) Aaliyah and others in 2001.