In the interview, Dash addresses his time at Roc-A-Fella and also speaks on his ongoing relationship with Kanye West.
At one point in the interview he shared, “We have fundamental differences. I’m about making other people famous and rich and equal, that’s what I wanted with Roc-A-Fella.” JAY-Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke were also co-founders of the record label, over a decade ago Dash fell out with JAY-Z. He went on to share “And he wanted to be the boss and have people work for him for 25 years straight, which is what happened. I actually feel sorry for my fallen angels, because I’ve taught people to share.”
Dash also went a bit deeper and expanded on his alleged mistreatment:
“No matter what, I feel he robbed me. Period. And no matter what, I’m always gonna feel that way. If I hit somebody with some work and they run off, I forgive it. It don’t bother me, but if you asked me about that person, I’m like, ‘Nah, he ran off.'”
Dame Dash on Jay-Z:
“The way he did me was dirty”
— REAL 92.3 LA (@Real923LA) December 13, 2019
On JAY-Z and Roc-A-Fella:
“The way he did me was dirty, the way he did Biggs was dirty… He went [and] told L.A. Reid, ‘I want Roc-A-Fella, I don’t want Dame and Biggs down…’ And we was like, ‘Damn, out of left.’ When I had the conversations yeah I wanna look like a boss, I can’t look like a boss around him. I thought that was dirty. The shit he did the Roc with? That was dirty. When he said he wasn’t gonna be a part of it while I was selling it devalued it and then, you know, I stepped away from it because I needed to go do my own thing. And then all of a sudden they go and do a big deal like that? That was dirty.”
Earlier in the interview, Dame also shared his thoughts on Kanye West who he regularly speaks with. He said, “He is a disrupter, a world-shaker, but he’s also respectful to the people that deserve it.”
Take a look at the interview below.
Robyn Mowatt is a staff writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind @robyn_mowatt.