Kareem Biggs Burke Roc-A-Fella Records and 42 Arrested
Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem Biggs Burke arrested. Kareem "Biggs" Burke and 42 arrested during marijuana bust in New York City. "Biggs" was busted during a federal investigation called "Green Venom."
Burke was picked up at his home in North Bergen, NJ by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. This operation has brought in millions of dollars in seized drug money, including 177 pounds of marijuana, from a drug network running from Florida to New York.
The "Green Venom" investigation was centered around Geovanny "Manny" Rodriguez Perez, also known as "Shorty". He is believed to be a big time drug trafficker. In addition, Matthew Stang, an advertising executive for High Times was arrested in an 18 month operation of "High Times Magazine" was arrested.
In 1996, Burke helped co-found Roc-A-Fella Records with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Damon Dash. A subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the label's title refers to American oil magnate and businessman John Rockefeller. Current artist include Kanye West. Former artists included Allen Anthony, Amil, Aztek Escobar, Billy Gamble & Jackie O., Bink, Beanie Sigel, Cam'ron, Casha, Christion, Da Ranjahz, DJ Clue, Foxy Brown, Freeway, Freekey Zekey, Grafh, Hector "El Father", Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Jim Jones, Just Blaze, Juelz Santana, Lil' Red, M.O.P., Memphis Bleek, Neef Buck, Neo Da Matrix, Nicole Wray, N.O.R.E., Ol' Dirty Bastard, Omillio Sparks, Oschino, Oschino & Sparks, Peedi Peedi, Rell, Rick Vocals, Samantha Ronson, Sauce Money, State Property, Teairra Marí, The Diplomats, Tru-Life, Uncle Murda, Young Chris, Young Gunz and Young Steff.
By its very name, the Cypress Hill Smokeout, a single-day rap and rock music festival, is engineered with a red eye toward the narcotically inclined. But this Saturday, for the first time in the event's dozen-year history, medical marijuana patients will be permitted to roll it up, light it up and inhale. And for those who don't have a card, a doctor will be on duty to issue one.
The arrangement is the result of a pact between the board of San Bernardino's National Orange Show Events Center and Smokeout promoters Guerilla Union and Cypress Hill. It will allow for a dedicated consumption area to be set aside for patients possessing a valid doctor's recommendation.
In creating a safe zone for smokers, the concert, which will feature performances by Incubus, Deadmau5, Erykah Badu and two dozen others, places itself in the middle of a political issue that reaches its apex on Nov. 2, when Californians will weigh in on Proposition 19, called the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. The measure would allow anyone 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
"This is about more than just offering a place where people with medical marijuana cards can smoke marijuana freely," said Chang Weisberg, the founder of Guerilla Union. "We have a marijuana expo where we promote activism, compassion and education. We believe that medical marijuana is the gateway to responsible tax-regulated consumption. Big alcohol, big medicine and big tobacco fan a lot of negative stereotypes regarding cannabis, and we're trying to dispel them." He adds that the agreement is the result of Guerilla Union's successfully executing the Smokeout and two other music festivals, Paid Dues and Rock the Bells.
Sir Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones lead singer, has called for cannabis to be legalised on the Isle of Man to gauge whether it prevents drug-related violence.
The 66 year-old British rock star, who was convicted of possessing narcotics in the 1960s, suggested a trial scheme should be carried out on the island “to see what happens”.
In an interview on American television, Sir Mick urged officials to legalise cannabis only on the island, and only for a limited time, to test whether such a ban would work.
“The whole question of legalising drugs is fraught,” Sir Mick told the Larry King Live show on CNN.
“You usually try these things out in very small places. You know, like you try a new product out in a small kind of society or an island somewhere.
"In England they always try out new mobile phones in the Isle of Man. They've got a captive society. So I said, you should try – you should try the legalisation of all drugs on the Isle of Man and see what happens."
Sir Mick, who is now known for his fitness rather than recreational drug use, insisted his proposal would help prevent violent crime that is normally associated with narcotics trade.
He said young people would always experiment with substances despite the obvious negative side effects. "Human beings seem to have a propensity to want to take drugs in some form.
The beautiful green stuff does many cool things to our bodies, but one of the best things it does is increase our musical awareness. When straight, music can sound amazing, but when you’ve been smoking some nice bud and you put on your favourite tracks...you become part of the music.
There’s nothing like lying down on the floor with a quality speaker either side of your head and hearing the tune go through you. So we've compiled a list of the tracks that I and many others agree are class tunes to listen to when you’re caned. Read more to see the full list!
The national motto of Jamaica is, "Out of Many, One People," and no one personifies this more than dancehall superstar, Sean Paul. Born in Kingston to a Jamaican mother of Chinese and British descent and a Jamaican father of Portuguese, Jewish, Indian and Spanish descent, his Patois is as thick as a brick and his English is perfect. Defying stereotypes, bridging gaps and blazing new frontiers in music, he has dominated both the reggae and rap charts, rising to #1 on the Billboard rap chart with his third album, Imperial Blaze. HIGH TIMES sat down with Sean in New York to discuss his views on music and marijuana.
You’ve been very open about your marijuana use with songs like "Legalize It" and your new album, Imperial Blaze. Do you feel that marijuana should be legal?
For Sure! In terms of it crowding up prisons with relatively innocent people. In terms of the economic benefits of certain societies, especially Jamaica. In terms of it being utilized for economic and medical purposes. There are so much things that hemp oil, rope and the substance alone can do. It’s kind of funny that more people have been documented to have accidents, crash and die on alcohol, yet that is legal. I think that when people freed it up and decriminalized it in L.A., and you could go into a store and buy medical weed, it was a step in a great direction – if it could happen without it changing into a different type of product. It should be natural...