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Name: Sauce Money
What You Might Know Him For And Why You Could’ve Cared: The Brooklyn native emerged in the game with Jay-Z in the ’90s, becoming a day-one member to the Roc-A-Fella clique. Together the two would collaborate on gems like “Show and Prove,” “Bring It On” (off Jigga’s magnum opus Reasonable Doubt), “Face Off,” “Reservoir Dogs” and several others. On the mic, the Marcy Projects product was sharp as a blade with the wordplay—offering a blanket of witty punchlines and impressive fluid cadence.
On the latter track off Jigga’s 1998 breakthrough release, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, which would also be Sauce’s last appearance on a Jay project, he delivers his signature poised flow while spitting out contentious lines like “Murder the whole month of April nigga, just to take May off/Run with more Germans than Adolf, you light crews/Now I concentrate on your camp, like Jews.”
Because of his ability to impress hip-hop heads on the mic, Sauce, became one of the industry’s most sought-after ghostwriters. In fact, in 1997 he earned a Grammy for his penmanship on Diddy’s triple platinum-selling blockbuster “I’ll Be Missing You”—a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G.
After departing from Roc-A-Fella, reportedly because he wasn’t comfortable with being managed by Dame Dash, Sauce would release his first and only album in 2000 through Priority Records, Middle Finger U. Featuring Jay-Z as the sole guest appearance, the album did little to draw any attention. Although the debut’s tepid response, he’s since gone on to release a slew of singles, as well as continuing on with ghostwriting. In 2006, he reunited with Jay-Z for the hip-hop mogul’s 10th Anniversary concert for Reasonable Doubt held at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall.