Scott Storch, the visionary music producer responsible for such hits as Fat Joe’s “Lean Back,” and “Baby Boy,” by Beyonce has fallen on hard times. Storch is reportedly homeless after his bankruptcy claim was denied and he lost his home, a $700,000 mansion in Florida.
Storch was associated with several women in the limelight, none more influential than Lil Kim. In fact, it was reported earlier this year that when Lil Kim’s Bentley was repossessed outside her New Jersey home, it was actually Storch’s ride. The two seemed like a cool couple in the few public appearances they were photographed at, but the question is:
Where is Lil Kim now that Storch is in trouble?
Was Storch just a jump-off?
Does a man that lets you drive — and practically own — his $100,000 car (at least) deserve some kind of help or assistance from you?
Is it right for him to expect it?
Lil Kim was most recently on “Dancing With the Stars,” and no doubt received a healthy paycheck for the time she spent on the show. Does Storch, who has been in rehab, deserve the dignity of at least hearing from Lil Kim, who most certainly has a spare bedroom in her comfortable Jersey abode?
When he was at the top of this game, back in 2005-2007, Storch was worth more than $70 million, according to Forbes magazine. His fee for tracks was around $85,000, the magazine said — and that particular year he produced 75 tracks. Along with his affection for gaudy jewelry and his signature Aviator shades, Storch became addicted to blow. Trouble seemed to follow his every move. A judge signed an arrest warrant in June 2008 after he failed to show up for a child support hearing in which he owed $46,000. He barely escaped serious charges in a grand theft auto case earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Kim is prepping for another album. Lil Kim probably is staying her distance from Storch for several reasons, one of which is that she was thoroughly embarrassed to have her car repo’d in front of a local TV news crew no less.
The intriguing part about their relationship is that Storch hooked up with Kim in 2005 right after she was released from a year long stint in prison. Lil Kim was locked up for conspiracy and perjury for lying to a federal grand jury in connection with a shooting outside a music studio in 2001.
Storch, who by 2005 was already a multimillionaire, took Lil Kim, a convicted felon, under his wing and no doubt provided for her. Obviously she was on probation when she was released and couldn’t get involved in Storch’s bad habits, but now that he is in dire straits one wonders whether she has reached out to help.
Storch has lost reportedly around $26 million in the past three years on an out-of-control cocaine habit. Surely a man of that earning power has some redeeming value to someone once he’s clean, right?
Time will tell: Before he was kicked out of his home, Storch was reportedly pitching a reality show about his slide to rock bottom to MTV. Separately he’s back in the studio as well: If he happens to sell a hot beat to a hot rapper, he’ll strike it rich once again. And I’m sure some lady, who likes the finer things in life, will take a chance on him.