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Jay-Z and DMX, photographed performing "Money, Cash, Hoes" by Lenny Santiago in 1999.
In the background of the photograph stands Colbert "Black Justice" Johnson, who was one of Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff's lieutenants and right-hand men. He was working security for Def Jam Recordings at the time, set-up through his connection with A&R executive and Supreme Team lieutenant James "Bimmy" Antney.
Black Justice allegedly started as a worker in Troy "Babywise" Jones' crew, before rising up to run a Supreme Team crew of his own. He was a Supreme loyalist and was rewarded with control of the orange top vials, selling them in-and-around the Baisley Park Houses. It has been said he made $30K every other day at his spots, and always took care of all the other Supreme Team members financially—Supreme especially—as they went in and out of jail.
Black Just was instrumental in the young Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's early drug-dealing career. 50 had frequented his boxing club in Queens that was funded by the Supreme Team's deep pockets. Nas was also close to Johnson, and last paid homage to him on "A Queens Story." On December 11, 1999, Black Just was shot to death on the streets of Queens by rival drug trafficker, Mobb Deep affiliate, and aspiring rapper Eric "E-Moneybags" Smith. In his autobiography, "My Infamous Life," his friend Prodigy recounted the events, as told to him by Moneybags himself: "Bags told me he was coming out of the Colosseum on Jamaica Avenue one day and saw Preme parked in a Land Rover with a dude named Black Just, another well-known member of the Supreme Team. Bags proceeded to shoot up the Rover with bullets, learning later that he missed Preme and shot Black Just in the upper inner thigh. Instead of driving Just to the hospital, Preme drove him ten minutes away to the hood and told somebody else to take him ten minutes back, so the Ds wouldn't question him. Black Just bled to death, but if Preme would have dropped him at the Mary Immaculate right around the block, he just might have lived." #jayz @dmx @kodaklens #1999 #BlackJustice #SupremeTeam