The engineer being accused of stealing Jay Z’s master recordings and then tried to sell it back to Jay is speaking out.
With hopes of clearing his name as a no-good, thieving, f*ck-up, Chauncey Mahan reached out to TMZ to refute claims that he stole Jay’s master recordings. The engineer claims Def Jam asked him to keep track of the masters in 2002.
But Chauncey insists the allegations are BS — telling TMZ, he didn’t steal jack … Def Jam asked him to keep track of the recordings in 2002 because no one else was doing it. According to Chauncey, Jay Z “was a stupid kid smoking blunts” who was reckless with his intellectual property.
What’s more, over the last 10 years, Chauncey says he’s repeatedly notified Jay Z’s people that he was in possession of the masters, and they blew him off. He says he finally asked for money last week when he could no longer afford to keep the masters in storage.
Chauncey says he asked for $100,000 to compensate him for keeping the recordings safe for 12 years. FYI, the masters are for Jay Z’s “Volume 3″ and “Dynasty” albums — including huge songs like “Big Pimpin” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).”
And this is interesting: Chauncey says some of the masters sound awful … which might explain why Jay Z is freaking out.
Now we wait for Just Blaze to respond again.