Jay-Z, Natane Adcock, Aaliyah and Puff Daddy, photographed at Roc-A-Fella Records’ “Big Pimpin’ Party and Barbecue,” held in East Hampton on July 3, 2000.
Since 1997 Hov and the Roc-A-Fella Records family had been renting mansions (which often came with a $30,000-a-week rent tag) and hosting Summer-long parties for their family and friends. The festivities would culminate in a massive Independence Day soirée, complete with a Roc-themed menu and VIP guest-list. That year they had booked the club Conscience Point to host the “Big Pimpin’ Party,” but two weeks before invites were sent, the party started to get too hot for its own good. “We were getting 20 to 30 calls a day, without invitations,” his publicist Lizzie Grubman remembers. And so the Tuesday before the party, Jay and Dame Dash asked Grubman to change the venue to Jay’s rented mansion. In line with the permit issued by the East Hampton town board, they cut the guest list to only 150 close friends and shut off the music promptly at 11 ‘clock.
During one of her last interviews, with journalist Touré at Jay’s Hamptons mansion just two weeks before her untimely passing in August 2001, Aaliyah said this about her close friend: “He is the sweetest person. I have so much fun when I’m with him. I admire him because he’s an amazing talent, and on top of that he’s a beautiful person. He’s really good people.”