The Return of Dehaven (Q&A)


via HipHopDX

On 2004’s “Justify My Thug,” Jay-Z warned listeners, critics and the streets that they did not want him to take it back to Reasonable Doubt. The pride of Marcy Projects was referring to his seminal 1996 debut album, which was largely based on over eight years of life in the streets, of a man ascending from apprentice to hustler to one of the most vivid storytellers and respected voices Hip Hop will ever know.

For Jay-Z though, perhaps Reasonable Doubt is an era in life that he too, prefers to keep in the past. As a teenager, Shawn Carter learned the codes of the streets and the science of the sale through a man only known as De-Haven, a once championed figure in the emcee’s lyrics, and a grand-scale dealer of the late ’80s and early ’90s. However, the man that “introduced him to the game” would fade from Jay‘s circle as his career skyrocketed, and the former pusher battled the legal system and subsequently, felony incarceration.

Upon returning to civilian life over two years ago, De-Haven had trouble reaching the man he frequently refers to as his “little brother.” Resistance throughout family members, mutual friends and players of the old circle added to the frustration, ending up in a series of emotional, inflammatory and arguably damaging YouTube messages and interviews. Jay-Z battled back with less than savory lyrics and bold accusations throughout his American Gangster release. dhaven_

Almost three years later, having not spoken to press, De-Haven clarifies his position. A calm, soft-spoken and nostalgic figure, this one-time mentor talks about his star apprentice with pride, and certainty of a resolution. With his own endeavors coming to fruition in entertainment, read this exclusive interview with HipHopDX on how De-Haven took Jay-Z to battle the Poor Righteous Teachers, the misunderstanding of those aforementioned clips, and his hopes of restoring the brotherhood that would shape history.

HipHopDX: I want to rewind it to the very beginning. Who was De-Haven in 1988? Because obviously, that’s the timeline that we’ve gotten on the rap side of things.
De-Haven: De-Haven
was a young hustler that was making major moves out on the streets doing my own thing; holding down family and friends wherever I found myself. De-Haven was about money. If it didn’t make money, it didn’t make sense. De-Haven was chasing money across state lines in ’88, going for that double or nothing type money. It wasn’t a game. I had moved out of state, [to] Trenton, New Jersey, and it was poppin’ like hot butter on popcorn. A couple months later, I came back for [Jay-Z], I let him know that it was all good, and he came out. My aunt was good people, and before you knew it, Jay never went back home. [At this point,] I had my homeboy with me, you couldn’t tell me nothing. Money was coming, chicks everywhere, and the road ahead was alright.

DX: In New Jersey or back in Brooklyn?
Jersey. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Hovito!!


Let us take a moment to pay homage to the GOD MC. We know GOD has no birthday (blashemy!) but his Hip Hop representative in the flesh was born on December 4th (remember the track on The Black Album?).  So with that being said, take a bow homie and since you are so fond of the number four, we got four words for you on this special day: HANG THE MIC UP. Come on my dude, you are starting to show your age and its getting quite embarrassing if I must say so myself.  Bow out gracefully while you can.  Consider that a warning, (Jaz-O‘s is coming for that ass (pause)) and oh yeah enjoy your birthday PLAYBOY!