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Hip Hop's Cain and Abel: Damon Dash Says "Jay-Z Stabbed Me In The Back!"

Damon Dash recently gave a revealing interview where he talked about his failed marriage to designer Rachel Roy, his million dollar financial woes and of course the fallout with Jay-Z. Read on for the deets...

 

 

Spotted out walking in Tribeca yesterday, one can see Damon Dash is a changed man. Gone is the arrogant Champagne swilling media hog of the early Roc-A-Fella days.  Nowadays, Dash is focusing on his new Tribeca art gallery DD172 and nurturing new music talent, a new magazine, America Nu, and other artsy projects. 

In a recent Village Voice interview, Dash came clean about the last few years of his life.  He won't discuss their current relationship status but he still refers to Rachel Roy as "my wife."  On his financial woes, he admits he made some bad financial decisions but the recession hit everyone. Even the moguls.

But what was most revealing was why he says he and Jay-Z stopped working together.  Dash says
Jay decided to sever business ties with his fellow founders (Biggs and Dash) and their stake in the company was sold back to Island Def Jam for a reported $10 million. 

Their controlling interests in the remaining clothing, film, and alcohol ventures were sliced up.

 

Jay went on to sign a three-year contract to become president and CEO of Def Jam--a position he would leave in 2008 for Live Nation.

He offered the rights to the name "Roc-a-Fella" to Dash and Biggs in exchange for the recording masters to Reasonable Doubt, but the pair wouldn't make the deal.

We all earned those masters.  The people that I was helping, once they realized their dreams, they did what a criminal would do.  They stabbed you in the back. Think about the frustration of building a brand for years that should be taking care of your family, and then the person that was the closest to you saying, 'Nah, you can't have no parts of it,' and flushing it.

 

Wow...that's how it went down?  I guess business is business. But we see Jay-Z definitely made the choice that was best for him and his family.

But it seems like he is happy in his new space, and peace of mind trumps riches anytime.  So they tell me.
 

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I listen to Marvin Gaye. Who

I listen to Marvin Gaye. Who care what these fools have produced, the money is not the issue. The music is W H A C K.
Old Skook Wolf's picture

please jay is the coolest

please jay is the coolest lame i know he let the wrong people in his ear. They let him crush history Dame made that dude he knocked down doors for the ROC to move in. Jay played himself Dame really the man they would have owned the industry. Dame holla at yo boy ChinnyWest (901)351-8825
chinnywest's picture

first off let me say this.

first off let me say this. dame dash is wrack .. dame dash was always in most of jay z videos trying to dance. trying to be like p. diddy. yes jay and dame were bushiness partners from the start. but dame mess every body on roc-a-fella records over. and jay -z was probably tried of the bull sh.t. anyway that's why jay z keep roc-A-fella and Roc-a-wear. and roc-a-fella records is still a label. and because kanye west is the only artist left on roc-a-fella records. dame dash cairrer is done for. ha ha. please stop crying over Aaliyah and move on with your life. and Jay z didn't stabbed you in the back. he's just a better hustla then you. you are too damn old to be acting like a damn kid. grow up and move on your done for.. that's all I have to say. and I'm out peace.
paul brown's picture

its dum to say that dame is

its dum to say that dame is too damn old...when he just a business man he dont rap u can never get too old in that business he own a business... jay z is too damn old as a rapper talks about shit nothing boring trying to act young dame wasnt like that he made money he had a business and enjoy what it came with old white niggas do that too so age doesnt matter when u a business man jay made the roc wack all jay has is west and dame sign him not jay z ..... good music is even better
Anonymous's picture

What do you mean please stop

What do you mean please stop crying over Aaliyah? Death is hard thing to get over, that's the one aspect I will tolerate with Dame but other than that his current financial state was created by himself.
Tia 's picture

DAME DID ALOT FOR JAY AND JAY

DAME DID ALOT FOR JAY AND JAY DID FOR HIM & BIGG.WHERE I COME FROM REAL NIGGA DO FOR YOU BECAUSE ITS FROM THE HEART AND NO STRINGS ATTACHED.BUSINESS IS BUSINESS AND THAT WHAT THEY HAD WAS A BUSINESS DEAL THAT MADE EVERYBODY INVOLVED MILLONAIRES,NOW JUST LIKE A MARRIAGE GONE BAD.JAY Z WAS BITTER AND WANTED A DIVORCE AND HE DID WHAT ANYBODY WOULD DO WHEN YOU ARE DISRESPECTED BY ANOTHER MUTHA FUCKER AND HE REACTED AND DAME & BIGG GOT THE SHORT END OF THE STICK.IF YOU YOUTUBE OR RESEARCH DAME & BIGG ALWAYS REFERRED TO JAY-Z AS THERE ARTIST AND NOT A BUSINESS PARTNER,THEY HAD ALL THE RIGHTS TO JAY-Z MASTERS AND THEY THOUGHT THEY OWNED JAY-Z,BECAUSE THEY FELT THEY HAD HIM JUST LIKE BABY & SLIMM HAD LIL WAYNE.THEY NEVER THOUGHT JAY-Z COULD PULL FROM UP UNDER THEM AS EASY AS HE DID,WITH SO MUCH CONFIDENCE THAT HE KNEW WHO HAD MADE ROC-A-FELLA AND THEY KNEW THATS WHY THEY STILL HURT TO THIS DAY.DAME & BIGG WISH THEY WOULD HAVE DONE RIGHT WITH JAY-Z AND THEY WOULD STILL BE PARTNER TODAY.BABY & SLIMM FROM CASH MONEY WOULD LIKE TO THANK DAME & BIGG FOR THE BLUE PRINT OF THAT ASS WHIPPING BECAUSE LIL WAYNE COULD HAVE USED THE SAME RECIPE,BUT BABY & SLIMM DECIDED THAT IT WAS BEST TO BREAK BREAD THEN TO GO THUR THE BULLSHIT....DIRTY SOUTH HAS SPOKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!601
TOO BLACK 2 STRONG's picture

blood sacrifice don't make

blood sacrifice don't make sence , im sorry,it is retardet though,how in the hell could jz not like aaliyah,just use her as a sex toy but fight like a dog with his best freind over her,if jz didn't care about aaliyah he would have just let dame do what ever.plus only damn thing that dame meant by i wanna see you was he was horny plus aaliyah had to do a remix of some song with freeway and beenie seigel.,which damon worx for,so he had to remind her of to hurry up.
Anonymous's picture

damon bitch too much, move

damon bitch too much, move on,jz fucked him in the ass with no vaseline,i admit hat was low and fucked up,but could be worst,plus him and jz constantly got in arguements anyway,this situation was obvioulsy goin to come someday.
Anonymous's picture

y'all stupid as hell dame

y'all stupid as hell dame stabbed himself in the back when he was sneakin money out of jz's account and damon know he could have controlled his hormones at least for like one more damn day before he got aaliyah killed in that plane crash,by wantin sex that damn bad like he just heard of it.and the only reason he is broke,he married a golddiggin groupie that he accidentally got pregnant.so everything thats on him,he kinda cauz'd it.and yall stupid for wantin dame to go crazy,old and alone thinkin about his dead fiance. like she is never goin to come back on earth,he cant have any kids by her,he would be insane if he tried then people and his fam would have signed him in koo kooo for koko puffs home he make bad choices in life a lot
Anonymous's picture

I know I am late but as far

I know I am late but as far as I am concern Jay Z and Beyonce must be worshiping the devil. They love money too much. Both of them loosing family and friends to money.
Anonymous's picture

Shut the fuck up you so damn

Shut the fuck up you so damn stupid they just like everybody else in the world... yo ass must worship the devil as well cause yo ass love money to...
Anonymous's picture

No you sound ignorant. Not

No you sound ignorant. Not everybody in the world loves money. You have the nerve to kall someone stupid, when theres parts of the world where people do not even use money. They live simple lives, so do your research before you come off sounding bais.
Anonymous's picture

No you sound ignorant. Not

No you sound ignorant. Not everybody in the world loves money. You have the nerve to kall someone stupid, when theres parts of the world where people do not even use money. They live simple lives, so do your research before you come off sounding bais.
Anonymous's picture

No you sound ignorant. Not

No you sound ignorant. Not everybody in the world loves money. You have the nerve to kall someone stupid, when theres parts of the world where people do not even use money. They live simple lives, so do your research before you come off sounding bais.
Anonymous's picture

No you sound ignorant. Not

No you sound ignorant. Not everybody in the world loves money. You have the nerve to kall someone stupid, when theres parts of the world where people do not even use money. They live simple lives, so do your research before you come off sounding bais.
Anonymous's picture

No sorry I do not love money

No sorry I do not love money I love my wife and I love my life. I love god, I do not love money. You calling me stupid but the way you just came at me. makes you look immature
Anonymous's picture

No sorry I do not love money

No sorry I do not love money I love my wife and I love my life. I love god, I do not love money. You calling me stupid but the way you just came at me. makes you look immature
Anonymous's picture

I know my opinion dosnt

I know my opinion dosnt matter much but for what its worth i know what its like to feel as though the ties are way deeper then business because your experiences and interactions have led you to believe that the relationship with the other party is friendship as appose to being tied together through the money aspect. with that said i also know how it feels when you relize the friendship was only one sided and you wer never as close as you thought you wer. it sucks cuz keep your head up.....Fuck em one less impostor in your circle Sigend Codiene Punchliunes
Cody petrucci's picture

Dash is big in his own

Dash is big in his own rite,half de riches jay has r bcoz of d man.he made sure det indipendnt lables get de respct dey dserv n 4 det I take of my yankee hat 4 him.his name shud b put rite nxt 2 de word hustler
Grey's picture

Dash is big in his own

Dash is big in his own rite,half de riches jay has r bcoz of d man.he made sure det indipendnt lables get de respct dey dserv n 4 det I take of my yankee hat 4 him.his name shud b put rite nxt 2 de word hustler
Grey's picture

Damon Dash should not be

Damon Dash should not be cheating on Aaliyah. Aaliyah would not be happy about that. Aaliyah is the prettest girl in the world and we miss her so much.
Amber's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

huh??? knucklehead. lol

huh??? knucklehead. lol
Anonymous's picture

huh??? knucklehead. lol

huh??? knucklehead. lol
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

Dame is mad at jay for

Dame is mad at jay for snitining on him because he told the illuminati that dame was trying to cut a deal behind they're back. He sacridiced aaliyah for nothing.
Anonymous's picture

i have heard...and i

i have heard...and i believe... that money is a reflection of it's owner... so reflect, reflect.
Anonymous's picture

i have heard...and i

i have heard...and i believe... that money is a reflection of it's owner... so reflect, reflect.
Anonymous's picture

i have heard...and i

i have heard...and i believe... that money is a reflection of it's owner... so reflect, reflect.
Anonymous's picture

i have heard...and i

i have heard...and i believe... that money is a reflection of it's owner... so reflect, reflect.
Anonymous's picture

No Dame. Keep doing you. Dont

No Dame. Keep doing you. Dont ever stop being you. His fall will come, too much bad karma. When he falls and you rise it will be a sight to be seen. To do it twice it will be twice as nice. I'm here in central NJ watching and waiting. When the time comes til then let him build up the karma. Soon Dame, soon.
Anonymous's picture

Pride always come before the

Pride always come before the fall...Jay Z sounds and appears to be a bragart, and very arrogant. In his new "HAM" CD he says something to the effect that he's "sitt'in on a half a billie" Why with that kind of money he can open up a small math school in every hood in America with tutors and mathamatically skilled people to teach our young ADHD people some math that could be applied to every science out there thats called stepping up your game. Com'on son, what have you done with your money to realy help the black community? but brag about the stuff you got? Don't for get (Your Team) What team you really are on... you and your boyz as a collective whole, have enough money to create jobs for black people, and I don't mean jobs in the industry C'mon son... You know you have enough money to invest in your own people but in stead all you care about is getting there little coins and if there not poor there just rich hustlers, pimps and rappers. like Mohamed Ali said to Joe Frazier "Is that all you got?" Or maybe you dont know what team your on Maybe your spirit is forced to be blind....Money aint rich like Confusious says: The man that dies with the most toys......Is still dead. My take on you.. Is that you're not enlightend you have no power and you're sleep with the rest of the nigga's in fact you're so sleep you're snoring! Pride Comes Before the Fall. I know your hands are tied because you're a "Taveling Man" When some body is sitt'in next to me snorring and I nudge them generally they wake up from a very long dream. What is it going to take to nudge you?...
Anonymous's picture

Y'all need to get off jay

Y'all need to get off jay
Anonymous's picture

Most rappers spend too much

Most rappers spend too much money and think like dopeboys,short term planning, never looking at the long term.JayZ is just now starting to grow up, thats why he dropped his boys, they didnt grow up. Take $15 Million, spend $2 Million cash on a house, no mortgage, furnish it for a million cash,spend a Million on cars cash, and take 1 Mil and start a non profit and help the hood.if u are investment stupid, put $10Mil into a mutual that is pretty safe like bonds,and treasury bills,etc. and make like 10% APY, which would pay you a $1M/year for the rest of your life, live off of that as your income and spend your life traveling and beaches,chilling.Welcome to my world muthafucka!!
the profit's picture

and Dame stop dressing like

and Dame stop dressing like 15 yr old with the hat turned sideways and glasses with no lenses and grow up! u are like 40 now man. put on a nice black Italian suit,nice shoes, floss with some Black Croc shoes, french cuff shirt, no jewelry except a watch.u know, look like an adult for once.
the profit's picture

FUCK DAME!! Dam soon as

FUCK DAME!! Dam soon as niggah (Jay-Z) comes up muthafuckers feel like you owe them your life. Shit Jay did what he had to do further his career in the Rap game and he's being doing better without Dame and the rest of the wack as niggahs. Shit get your own shit together. Dame sounds like a fuck niggah. Shit it's Jay fought cause these niggahs aint sucessful, instead sitting around complaining like a bitch, Nigga step your game up and get like Jay show the niggah you dont have to ride his coat tails to be sucessful. Shit B E T gave Dame a reality TV Show a fews year back and that shit was wack and fell off. Hell Tiny/Toya got a second season of their reality TV show and Dame didn't. I'm just sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bitch im me's picture

And another thing, How the

And another thing, How the HELL is it ONE man's job to make sure EVERY nigga get put on! (i.e. beans, peedi, young gunz, and whoever else was on the ROC roster)!? Like did anybody tell Beans to get himself arrested? Did anybody tell any of the other people to not be about their shit? Jay got to where he is by being about his BUSINESS! Point blank, period. Just like Beyonce got to where she is by being about her BUSINESS! Stop blaming these people's drive for success with damaging other people. Everybody has the same oppurtunities, and if in a situation that oppurtunity isn't there, then by all means look out for you and yours and GO GET IT! Period. Whining and blaming others is for p*ssies.
Li Marie's picture

Dame didnt DISCOVER a damn

Dame didnt DISCOVER a damn thing. Jay Z, Dame and Biggs all STARTED ROC-A-FELLA together. Before Dame, Jay was with Jaz-O. SO how can Dame discover something that was already discovered. No, they were business partners, big companies wouldn't sign them so they started their own shit. The masters were equally a thing between all three, so I get that. They split everything else equally why not split that? But in Jay's case, this dude doesnt write his stuff, ITS STRAIGHT OFF THE DOME. So, those songs performed and written and created, should belong to him. If Dame had his mind right and wasn't so busy drinking and being all dumb and flashy, he would have made roc-a-fella something AFTER Jay left. He acts like Jay Z WAS roc-a-fella and that it's just over. Like he tryna bring back early 2000. GET OVER IT, TIME FLEW, THINGS CHANGED. He's a sucker ass, whining. He been whining since news first broke about Jay leaving ROC-A-FELLA. Get over it, you old man. Sounds like he's mentally out of it.
Li Marie's picture

look at teh careers of jayz

look at teh careers of jayz and dame now... jayz has branched out successfully into every industry, including marriage, where dame is BROKE/ DIVORCED/HIGH ALL THE TIME/ LOOSING MONEY/ BROKE/ DIVORCED/UGLY/ OLD/ UNHEALTHY... there really is no comparison there.
dame is a piece of shit's picture

Jay Z fucked this dude,

Jay Z fucked this dude, PERIOD! last year Jay Z did a free concert @ Madison Square Garden for the police family of 9-11 the same organization who've been gunning down brothers from brooklyn and every other Hood in Amerika, this nigga did a free concert for them. then he had Oprah in the projects but didnt donate anything to his Hood and yall support this nigga cuz his music is Hot??? the old dope dealers was doing more for their communities than these wack ass niggaz. if Jay Z opend a business school in Brooklyn it would be over crowded. Smarten up people support people who support you!
real talk's picture

Kudos!!!Brotha Kudos to you.

Kudos!!!Brotha Kudos to you. He wont read it though, he wont hear it, see it, or aknowlege it, because he's sleep he's so sleep he's snorring and if he wakes up his friendly elit will have no more use for him and that will just put him in nightmare mode. He is a very ambitious man with no real philosophy and his only teachers are his new modern 21st century slave owners. He's nothing but a rich "overseer" on this new plantation called: " Make 'one' rapper rich by sending out the subliminal messages that puts nigga's in jail or in the grave trying to be like him. The love of money is the root to all evil. Money is not the root to all evil but the "love" is money is. Why does it feel like Jay-Z "Loves" money? and if he does? He's just another evil person and agent to the negative realem...
Anonymous's picture

What other rappers are doing

What other rappers are doing anything to financially support the hoods of New York or anywhere else for that matter? So if we shouldn't support Jay then who should we support? I'm not trying to knock any other artists that do give back to their cities but damn get off Jay's sack!! This man has given millions to all types of national tragedies including natural disasters (Katrina), 9-11, etc. and you can't fault the entire NY Police Department for a couple of bad apples. There are bad cops everywhere, NY is NOT special so get over it and pull your skirt down!! NOTE: If you say real talk I probably won't trust you! (Andre 3000)
Anonymous's picture

word

word
cantrice's picture

Dame helped mold Jay...are

Dame helped mold Jay...are you kidding me....People mature everyday..They grow, and because those around they are not growing, they are suppose to be stuck...Would you? In almosy every group, or situatuion there is a star....B was suppose to stifle herself because what? Everybody got paid..It's someone elses fault that the spent all their money instead of wisely investing? Get real....all we know is what this idiot is saying....why is he still bitter? He is a grown man...did he really expect to live the rest of his life off of Jay Z's work...How many songs did he write? How many times did he perform? Dame needs to get over it...he has issues within that he needs to pray about. Y'all need to stop blaming these people for other grown folks issue..Is it really Beyonces fault that Kelley and Michelle dont hve "IT"? They are nice girls and cool singers, but they dont have STAR POWER.
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