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."