The record label Roc-A-Fella Records has been dormant for many years after the “breakup” of JAY-Z, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, and Damon Dash. Although all parties have moved on and continued with other ventures, the lingering “beef” that Dash has with Jay-Z doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. In a recent interview, the Harlem-bred co-founder insists that although nothing is going on with the label he is still “the CEO of Roc-A-Fella Inc.”
In a podcast that Dash appeared in last week, “The GAUDS Show,” on Dec. 20, Dash stated that he’d still like to have a conversation with his former partner, JAY-Z but he also makes it known that he is “taking back Roc-A-Fella.”
“I’m taking back Roc-A-Fella; I don’t need no paperwork,” he said. “Roc-A-Fella never dies. It’s not dead; I just f**kin’ took a vacation. I’m the CEO of Roc-A-Fella Inc. and JAY-Z knows it, and so does Biggs. Not Roc-A-Fella LLC — we sold that; Roc-A-Fella Inc. — I’m still the CEO.”
Dash also firmly believes that if it wasn’t for him, there would be no “rapping JAY-Z” and that the “Hard Knock Life” rapper wasn’t concerned about business. Although the Brooklyn lyricist worked his way up to become the first rapper to officially be labeled a billionaire, according to Dash, without him, he never would have gotten this far.
“If I listened to them, there would be no JAY-Z. He wasn’t gon’ do it. There would be no rapping JAY-Z if it wasn’t for me 100,000 percent. He wasn’t gonna do what I did to make sure he got heard. He was hustling.
“He wasn’t gonna put a record out by himself and create a record company. He could rap but he didn’t know business. I taught him business. How to put a record out yourself. How to leverage your celebrity and put it on a product yourself.”
As is his style, JAY-Z has yet nor is he expected to respond to Dash’s claims and statements.
Damon Dash: ‘I’m Taking Back Roc-A-Fella; I Don’t Need No Paperwork’