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Dame Dash Denies Being Close to Settlement with JAY-Z Over ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Dame Dash denies that he and JAY-Z have reached a breakthrough in an NFT legal battle over JAY-Z’s 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt.

It appears that beef between former Roc-A-Fella Records business partners Dame Dash and JAY-Z is far from over. On Wednesday, it seemed that the two met a conclusion pertaining to JAY-Z suing Dash over an alleged NFT auction of his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt. A day after alleged settlement talks, Dash went to Instagram to clear up the rumors.

“Please don’t believe this hype we are no where near a settlement,” Dash wrote in a post which feature a screenshot of an article on alleged settlement talks. “They accused me of doing something i did not do and now they have to prove it…and i can sell my share anytime I want #askthejudge.”

Dash also urged JAY-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Bigs” Burke to settle the out of court and daring them to respond.

“#jayz and @biggsburke if you wanna settle this holla at me,” he added. “we use to hustle together…court is corny…let’s talk like men for the culture… I dare y’all to respond #doitfortheculture.”

In June 2021, JAY-Z and his lawyer Alex Spiro filed a lawsuit against Dash, accusing him of attempting to auction an NFT version of Reasonable Doubt without permission. While the auction never occurred, the lawsuit alleged that Dash was “frantically scouting for another venue to make the sale.” After the lawsuit was filed, a judge temporarily prohibited Dash from minting Reasonable Doubt as an NFT.

Denying the allegations, Dash claimed that he was attempting to sell his one-third stake of the now-disbanded Roc-A-Fella Records. He also countersued JAY-Z and the former label for $1 million, claiming that Hov was wrongfully claiming streaming rights to Reasonable Doubt for himself.

Prior to Dash’s Instagram post, on Tuesday, Spiro said that JAY-Z and Dash were “in the process of meeting and conferring to determine whether they can reach a settlement agreement that would resolve this case.”

If a settlement isn’t reached, Spiro said that Hov will file a separate motion barring Dash from selling any portion of Reasonable Doubt.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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