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8/27/2003 7:20:40 PM
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What ever happened to that chick who used to be down with The Roc in the late nineties? The one with the distinctive voice who provided the female callback on Jay's classic "Can I Get A" off 1998's Hard Knock Life: Vol. II album? Well Amil is back and ready to spill the beans about her dismissal from Roc-a-fella Records and what exactly went down between her, Jay-Z and Dame Dash.
All Access: The DVD Magazine, self-acclaimed as "the first ever magazine that you watch," will feature the former first lady of the Roc in her first ever tell-all interview since she was dropped from the label in 2000. Host James "Kraze" Billings, founder and CEO of Kraze Access Media Inc., which produces All Access, said that the interview with Amil on Volume 4 was a chance for her to settle the score, and clear up a lot of the rumors surrounding her departure from Roc-a-fella.
"She really cleared the air on a lot of the issues that most people didn't know about," said Kraze, who started KRAZE Entertainment - the parent company of Kraze Access Media Inc. - in 1997. "For one, she says that there wasn't one specific thing she felt that led to her being dropped by Roc-a-fella."
During the interview, Kraze says the born and raised New York native gives her account of what went down several years ago with Jay Z and Damon Dash - CEOs of Roc-a-fella Records. "Amil ran down a list of the reasons she believes she was dropped, including her relationship with Wu-member Killa Priest, her beef with Jay's personal female assistant, an ensuing riff between her and Foxy Brown, weight gain ballooning up somewhere between 130-135 lbs from 110, and lastly, her work ethic," said Kraze.
"She, Damon and Jay got along, she told me, but Jay's personal female assistant caused the major disruption between them. Every time she needed to discuss business with Jay Z or Dash, she would have to go through the assistant which caused a lot of friction.
All Money Is Legal (A.M.I.L.), Amil's solo debut on Roc-a-fella/Columbia Records, dropped in the fall of 2000 to generous reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, but garnered mediocre sales. The album was star-studded with top-name producers and artists including Rockwilder, Just Blaze, Trackmasters, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Carl Thomas, Beyonce, and Jay Z. That is when the speculation began about Amil's future with the Roc family.
"She said they [Jay-Z and fellow Roc-a-fella artists] were doing shows, videos and interviews without her," explained Kraze. "No one, including Jay-Z and Damon Dash contacted her at all. She said she had no idea what was going down. She said that she actually heard it on the radio that she was dropped from Roc-a-fella."
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