The rapper is said to have believed the recordings were lost
Police have confiscated a collection of lost Jay Z master recordings from a producer, according to a report.
TMZ claims that producer Producer Chancey Mahan, who worked with Jay Z from 2008 to 2009, was allegedly found in possession of Roc-A-Fella Records master recordings from 1998 to 2002.
According to the report, Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records recorded a series of master recordings between 1998 to 2002. However, in 2002 the masters went missing and the rapper and his team believed they had been lost.
On Friday (April 18), Mahan allegedly contacted promoter Live Nation – which is a partner in Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label – to say he had a number of the tapes in a storage facility in California and that he would either auction them or give them the tapes for a $100,000 “storage fee”. He is believed to eventually agreed on $75,000.
The producer then reportedly went to the storage famility to agree the deal, but found police wating for him, where they detained him for questioning. The report claims he let LAPD take possession of the tapes until a judge determines ownership.
Although Mahan has not been arrested, TNZ claimed that Beverly Hills Police is investigating allegations of extortion.