Kareem Burke

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Kareem Burke
Born (1974-01-19) January 19, 1974 (age 45)
Other namesKareem "Biggs" Burke
OccupationEntrepreneur, record executive, film producer
Years active1995–present
Known forCo-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records

Kareem "Biggs" Burke (born January 19, 1974) is an American entrepreneur, record executive and film producer. Burke is best known as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Damon "Dame" Dash.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kareem Burke was born in Harlem, New York on January 19, 1974.[2] Burke has four siblings, Robert "Bobalob" Burke, Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua, and twins Jamil "Mal" Clay and a sister.[3][4]


In 1995, Burke co-founded the record label Roc-A-Fella Records with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Damon "Dame" Dash. Burke also co-founded Rocawear in 1999, with Carter and Dash. In 2004, Roc-A-Fella Records was purchased by Def Jam Recordings (which had previously only owned half of the company) and in late 2005, Carter bought Dash and Burke out of their stake in Rocawear.[5]

In 2018, Burke executive produced the film, O.G. which premiered on HBO on February 23, 2019.[6]

In February 2019, it was announced that Burke had signed Saint Jhn to his management company, Circle of Success.[7]


  1. ^ Fraser, George C. (May 5, 2009). Success Runs in Our Race. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061927027.
  2. ^ Williams, Austin (December 5, 2018). "The Business of Kareem "Biggs" Burke is Always Personal". Complex. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Diep, Eric (November 14, 2018). "Kareem "Biggs" Burke on How 'The Black Album' Made His Brother Immortal". read.tidal.com. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Grass Routes Podcast (October 19, 2017). "Mal talks Jay Z, Kareem "Biggs" Burke, The Joe Budden Podcast | Grass Routes Podcast #12". YouTube. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (June 8, 2006). "Why Former Roc-a-Fella Records Partner Damon Dash Hates Mondays -- New York Magazine - Nymag". New York. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Nelson Jr, Keith (February 26, 2019). "Kareem 'Biggs' Burke talks HBO's 'O.G.' and working on a Roc-A-Fella biopic". Revolt TV. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Lyle, Ashley (February 19, 2019). "Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem 'Biggs' Burke Returns to Music Biz, Signs SAINt JHN to Management Company: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved June 16, 2019.

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