Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige - 'The Heart of the City' Tour Opener - Miami

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Until you’re on your own you can’t be free.” “I Got The Keys”

In 2000, Jay’s fifth album, The Dynasty: Roc-La-Familia announced his intentions to create a music empire, similar to Motown.

Producers Just Blaze, Bink! and Kanye West were early draft picks, helping lay the groundwork for a long line of Roc-A-Fella seeds including vets Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel, plus Freeway, Young Gunz, Peedi Crak and many more down the Roc bloodline, from Rihanna to J. Cole.

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