When Noe searched for a record deal early in his career, he was constantly rejected by A&Rs for sounding too much like Jigga. Fortunately, through a string of business contacts Noe landed a meeting with Diddy and ended up writing rhymes for the mogul. He was also a prominent figure in Jim Jones's Byrd Gang crew. Not bad. After all, writing and publishing is the real reward in the music game.
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