We all know Damon Dash as the often combative and egotistical former part owner of Roc-A-Fella Records. He rose to fame in the 90's through his partnership with Jay-Z. For years we heard stories of Dame's temper and his no nonsense approach to business. We saw him in video's, interviews and anything hip-hop related. At one point wherever you saw Jay-Z, you saw Dame. Jay-Z and Dame Dash were epic and turned the business that is hip-hop upside down on its head. Using the blueprint created by Sean "Puffy" Combs, they expanded the business of music outside of music and made a lot of money together. The two seemed to work well together because they some what balanced each other out. Jay was the calm chess player making conscious and calculative moves, while Dame seemed to be the more aggressive my way or the high way, I'll put my hands on you type who just happened to get shit done. Over the years Dame gave us laughs and a lot of "huh, did he really say that" moments. I'll never forget hearing him describe his relationship with Aaliyah, in which he declared she was just so great so he never had to argue or raise his voice at her. One of my favorites was his "Harlem Makes it, Brooklyn Takes it, the Bronx Fakes it" mantra. I always thought Dame was pure ignorance. He always seemed like a ticking time bomb about to explode. To really understand who Damon Dash and what he is about, just sit back and think -- how was Jay-Z able to walk away with Roc-A-Fella so easily and flip it into the multi-conglomerate that is now RocNation? If you listen to Dame talk and watch him pump his fists about his money, his clout and all that he did, you have to wonder what really went wrong with that relationship.
When Dame made a stop at New York's "Power 105.1's Breakfast Club" morning radio show, not only did Dame show us why his relationship with Jay-Z no longer exists, he threw a whole new stink of ignorance out into the atmosphere and showed us exactly how he conducts business........
There is a lot of buzz going around about this interview and I've personally engaged in about five conversations on it since it aired on Friday morning. There is an interesting split on this interview. There are a group of folks who think that Dame spit some real knowledge and then the other group that thinks that Dame is a complete moron full of ignorance and arrogance.
The interview is well over an hour so here is a quick synopsis in case you don't have time to watch the whole thing.
According to Damon Dash:
- "Jobs are for Suckas!"
- "Real Men Don't Have Bosses."
- "Saving Money is for Suckas!"
- "Jobs are for Lazy People Who Don't Want to Invest in Themselves."
- "You’re only the boss if you put up your own money.
Basically, I'm a lazy loser with no ambition because I get up every morning and work for a corporation between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Never mind the fact that I'm using the money I make at said 9-5 to fuel my dreams.
Damon is a broke has been who didn't know how to properly play the game of business. Despite what he thinks or professes, he operated for today and not for tomorrow. No one wants to work with someone who is unpredictable and unrealistic. Does Damon have a point about placing priority on ownership and minorities sticking together to create something? Absolutely! However, he was able to do so because he engaged in illegal activities and was able to use the money earned through said illegal activities, to start an empire. In my opinion that makes him the sucka, the lazy one, a coward and an EPIC FAILURE!
Watch some of the interview and decide for yourself.