Former Roc-A-Fella Records artist Memphis Bleek did an interview with N.O.R.E.’s Drink Champs podcast. The conversation included the Jay Z associate claiming he tried to warn Damon Dash about the fall of Roc-A-Fella and how the industry would turn its back on him. Dash responded to Bleek’s statements while speaking with Dr. Boyce Watkins.
“It ain’t no try to warn me. Bleek wanted to warn me? That’s how he felt, then he should have said, ‘Dame they’re about to cut you off.’ I never got that from Bleek,” said Dash. “I would have corrected him. I would have been like, ‘Brother, there is no cutting me off. I don’t want to be apart of that. I’m doing my own thing.’”
In addition, Dash expressed his belief that he was purposely kept from keeping control of Roc-A-Fella. While rumors about what caused the collapse of the Roc have circulated for over a decade, the label’s fellow co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke recently told Complex the intent was to sell the company once they raised its value.
“Once we did the deal with Def Jam the plan was to build to sell. There was a formula put in and it was a certain number times net, and probably the only regret was it should’ve been times gross but they weren’t doing any deals like that,” explained Biggs. “We wanted to sell in 2002 but we were having so much success they extended the deal for another three years. They didn’t think Jay was going to last this long.”
Here’s what Memphis Bleek had to say:
This was Damon Dash’s response: