During an interview with Hip Hop Motivation, former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Dame Dash spoke on the knowledge and wisdom he spread to others during his time in the music business. Dash names, Jay Z, Kanye West, Cam’ron, and Jim Jones were among the artists he taught the ins and outs of the music industry to.
Although we are all very aware of Dash’s falling out with Jay Z and Kanye leaving to sign with Jay Z instead of him, 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 also revealed the reason why he decided to leave 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.”