During an interview with Hip Hop Motivation, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash spoke on the knowledge he spread to others while at Roc-A-Fella. According to Dame, Jay Z, Kanye West, Cam’ron, and Jim Jones were among the artists he taught the ins and outs of the music industry to.
Despite a handful of falling outs, Dame revealed that he doesn’t hold any resentment towards anyone and instead says that whenever artists like Kanye West or Jay Z succeed, he also succeeds.
“I know what I do,” Dame said. “I make people rich. So, I can’t be down. As long as Jay is rolling how can I be down? As long as Kanye is rolling how can I be down? Nobody beat them yet. I have no reason to come back out of retirement. Just cause they doing it without me that’s still me right there. Every time I see that nigga I’m like ‘Psh. Y’all think I’m mad? I’m happy.’ The bigger he get the bigger I am. Unless my ego would get involved, but that’s fuckin—that’s corny. I don’t have a vagina. You know what I’m saying? I don’t want that nigga to go away. I want that nigga to win. And make me look good. The more he win, the more I look good. That’s my motto…I never locked none of them niggas up like slaves. Right or wrong? They could all walk away, which they all did…Dipset, Cam, Jim, Jay, Kanye, they all living, right? They all eating. I taught em all. All of them how to do it.”
Dame later revealed the reason why he bid adieu to the music industry. He says that he left the industry because he could no longer help it and couldn’t afford to hire his former employees after choosing to go independent.
“What happened was I left an industry because I couldn’t help it no more,” he said. “You understand what I’m saying? All the people that I was employing, I was going independent. So, I was like ‘Yo, I can’t pay y’all out my pocket. Go let them pay you. It’s not they money’…So, I went to go do my own thing and let everybody live. But what I did start to see was people weren’t in a better place. You know, the culture wasn’t better. Hip Hop is suffering on a whole because people aren’t making money like they supposed to because they’re getting robbed.”
A great deal of Dame’s interview was also spent discussing music executive Lyor Cohen. He also addressed Cohen in an interview with Vlad TV, which was published late last month. In his interview with Vlad, Dame named Cohen as the person who ruined Roc-A-Fella Records.
“It was like they have people that their job is to create beef,” Dame said. “So, that they can monetize it. Pause. But they don’t let their culture feel it. But they make money from it. And they can’t make any money or get any respect in their culture. That’s why they’re in our culture. Because the minute that they were allowed to be there, they would go. But they just can’t…Never had a beef with Jay. Always with Lyor and his whole crew. He’s the one that ruined Roc-A-Fella. Lyor Cohen.”