By now much of the history between Jay Z and Damon Dash has been documented in one form or another. But the two music business veterans will forever be tied together thanks to their former partnership at Roc-A-Fella Records. Jay even reflected on a past moment with Dash during his interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week.
Dash conducted his own Q&A with “Wiretapped”, and Sharon Carpenter asked the Harlem representative if he caught Jay Z telling Kimmel about his first performance at the start of his career. Dame remembered having to rap for Jay that night, because the Brooklyn rhymer forgot his own lyrics.
The conversation with Carpenter then turned to Dame and Jay’s current relationship. Dash expressed he still has an issue with the way the original Roc disbanded.
“Roc-A-Fella was always available for me, but Jay made a point that I shouldn’t have it. I was thinking at the time, it must have been because he wanted it. But it couldn’t have been, because there’s no Roc-A-Fella no more. So what was the purpose of it? I never really understood if Jay was ever really my friend. Why would he do that to his man? He said it was business. But I didn’t see the business in it, because there’s no business of Roc-A-Fella anymore.”
Dame added he only interacted with Jay for business reasons, but he did consider the platinum-selling artist his friend at one point. Dash now believes he was “gaffled,” suggesting Jay used him just to get into a certain position. Dame concluded by stating he could “care less” about a guy, but admitted the situation tested his trust in people.
It should be noted that Kanye West’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’ and ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ albums are listed as Roc-A-Fella Records releases on iTunes. West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ joint project with Jay Z is posted under Roc-A-Fella as well. All three LPs were released after Jay and Dame parted ways.