Back when music videos were vital to album promo, hip-hop visuals were often called out for being overtly sexual and misogynistic in nature. JAY-Z’s hit “Big Pimpin’” definitely fell into that category, featuring Hov, Texas rhymers UGK and Dame Dash living it up while dousing barely dressed women in champagne.
During a recent chat with TMZ, Dash shares that he now regrets how he treated women back in those days, thanking his daughters for the wake-up call.
“When I was young and in hip-hop, I [knew] that with disrespecting women, you got a positive response from it. I look at the things like “Big Pimpin’” and I’m embarrassed by it.”
He continued, “I wouldn’t want my daughter to go through that, and if I ever saw my son Boogie doing that we would have some serious issues,” he said. “When I had daughters, I realized that I wouldn’t never do anything to a girl that I wouldn’t want done to my own daughter.”
This isn’t the first time the music mogul apologized for his reckless behavior, sharing similar sentiments in 2014.
“There’s things that I see that I did on videos when I was younger that I be like, ‘Damn, I was bugging.’ Champagne Dame, that dude, he was bugging. I don’t even know that guy. If my son even did that I would be appalled,” he told Hip Hop Motivation. “I’m sorry to all the girls that I poured champagne … I’m not gonna say … because it was Champagne Dame, but I’m not gonna say that excuses it, but I do apologize. I really do. I wouldn’t do that now.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.