Jay Z and Dame Dash will forever be connected, even though the two ended their business partnership almost a decade ago. Since the split, Hov has grown to stratospheric heights, but the Harlem entrepreneur doesn’t feel that his former business partner owes him a dime.
“I’m not counting that man’s money. No one’s taken anything from me,” Dame told Details magazine in a new feature article that dives into a number of new Dash-endeavors like his New York art gallery Poppington and Dusko whiskey. The article isn’t up on Details’ site yet, but Complex.com got an advanced peek.
“You understand what I’m saying? I don’t feel entitled to nothing he’s got,” Dash said of Jay, whose show Dame recently caught on a Magna Carter Holy Grail tour stop in L.A. in December.
Dame and Jay, along with Kareem “Biggs” Burke, started Roc-A-Fella Records independently in the mid-1990s after the trio failed to secure a major-label deal for the then-budding Jay Z. In just a few years Roc-A-Fella struck a joint venture deal with Def Jam for their label and released Hov’s major-label debut in conjunction with Def Jam in 1997. In 2004, the trio sold their 50 percent stake in the company to Def Jam and parted ways . Through it all, Dash has always expressed his distaste for the major-label system and his then-partners at Def Jam.
There are a number of videos online, with Dame berating Def Jam executives and employees and he still has a disdain for some of the biggest players currently in Jay’s circle. “Those people are corny. You think I’m rolling to a club with Lyor Cohen or John Meneilly?” he asked rhetorically, referencing the former head of Island Def Jam and Hov’s current manager. “No disrespect to Jay — but every single person I see hanging around him is making money off him. They all conform so they can eat off him.”