Dame Dash Revisits His Relationship With JAY-Z

In an interview on The Art of Dialogue, Dame Dash spoke on his longtime rift with JAY-Z, claiming that the rapper ‘betrayed’ him for money.

Dame Dash still has a rift with his former friend and Roc-A-Fella Records business partner JAY-Z. The music mogul stopped by podcast The Art of Dialogue to open up about his longtime feud with Hov, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke in 1994. On the podcast, Dash, whose real name is Damon Anthony Dash, was asked if he and Hov “could’ve had more together.”


“Yeah, all that, but we were friends. … Like, how would you feel if your brother just betrayed you for money? Would it hurt?” he responded.


Dash went on to express that Hov’s alleged actions were unsurprising due to the music business, causing the one-time friends to fall out.

“That’s the algorithm. It wasn’t surprising ’cause that’s what always happens,” Dame said. “It was surprising ’cause no one—that’s what it was, we were breaking the algorithm, we were doing it a different way and sticking together, but that’s what always happens. They make one sell out the other, their friend, divide and conquer, that’s a normal story.”

“That was my nigga, like we never argued, nothing,” he added. “That’s why I didn’t know it was coming. …That was some real slick shit. I was like, ‘That nigga’s cold. He’s cold.’’


Last year, Dash was sued by Roc-A-Fella Records for attempting to auction JAY-Z’s 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt as an NFT. In June, both Dash and the label reached a settlement, halting Dash from selling the album as an NFT, as Roc-A-Fella owns all rights to Reasonable Doubt.

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