Damon Dash doesn’t remember the last time he spoke to Jay-Z, yet his relationship with his former business partner and friend continues to intrigue hip-hop fans who still bask in the glory days of Roc-A-Fella Records.
“Things never really got f—ed up; it just got over. Me and Jay wasn’t never arguing, me and Jay never was beefin’, it was just over, and Roc-A-Fella didn’t exist anymore,” Dash explained of the 2004 split, which left him and Jay on the outs.
Dame said he didn’t personally feel betrayed by Hov, but in a perfect world, he would like to see the brand they built together still standing. “I thought the way Jay carried things was a betrayal to the company,” he said. “I just felt like Roc-A-Fella should exist, like Cash Money still exists, like Bad Boy still exists, like every other label still exists.”
These days, the mogul said he is perfectly happy operating outside the music business, where he doesn’t have to put on a tough-guy act. “I don’t think it’s an issue with him. I just think we took different paths, period,” he said. “I’m proud of everything that he’s done, and I’m proud of everything that I’ve done since then.”
During the two-hour podcast, Dame touched on a little bit of everything. Despite all his success in the music, fashion and film worlds, Dash said he is most proud as a father of his four kids. He also opened up about his romance with Aaliyah.
“Her mind was where my mind was. She understood me and she got my jokes. She thought my jokes were funny,” he said of the fallen singer. “She was funny, she was real funny. She was dope.”
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