Dame Dash Claims JAY-Z and R. Kelly's Joint Album Sparked Roc-A-Fella's Demise
"That moment, everything changed because I knew morally we were going different directions."
Over the last three days, dream hampton's Surviving R. Kelly documentary series has forced countless fans and former collaborators to reckon with their vocal and silent support of the damned r&b star.
A new interview with Dame Dash finds the Roc-A-Fella co-founder responding to the documentary's first episode, in which Kelly's predation is detailed through a chronicle of horrific accounts of and from his youngest victims, including Aaliyah, who Dash dated up until her death in 2001. Though he wasn't able to get through much of the premiere, Dash claims it was traumatic for the late singer to discuss her relationship with Kelly when they were together, "I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it and she couldn’t. She would just leave it at 'That dude was a bad man'
He goes on to describe his opposition to the 2002 joint album from Kelly and his label's marquee name, JAY-Z, which arrived only six months after Aaliyah's death, noting The Best of Both Worlds as the precise moment he realized Roc-A-Fella was soon to fold, "I know I'm not fuckin' with that. I knew, morally, we weren't the same," adding "To me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn't fuck with it. It was something that, to me—I don't wanna say 'unforgivable,' but I couldn't understand it."
Dash opted to leave his credits off the record, donating his share of the profit to a breast cancer organization supported by Aaliyah,
You can watch the full interview below.