The breakdown of the original Roc-A-Fella Records, led by Dame Dash, JAY-Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, was a huge moment in hip-hop. For years, fans have begged the three former business partners to set their differences aside for the culture, but recent comments from Dash may have made that proposition even more unrealistic.
Without going into detail about his transgressions, the Harlem native is apologizing to his former partners as well as to others he has disparaged over the years, including Lyor Cohen, Steve Stoute and rapper Jim Jones.
“I don’t have beef with anybody – pause. I’m working past it. So JAY-Z, if I offended you, I apologize. Lyor Cohen, if I offended you, I apologize. Steve Stoute, if I offended you, I apologize. Just ’cause you don’t have the same morals and principles, it’s cool,” Dash said with a straight face. “I’m not angry with you no more. I did what I had to do. I was a little aggravated about Aaliyah, so y’all just caught the brunt end of it. It was therapy.”
During a recent press run, Dash was repeatedly asked about former girlfriend Aaliyah’s relationship with R. Kelly following the release of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. In an interview with Hip-Hop Motivation, Dash said he questioned JAY’s morals for working with the Pied Piper.
“If you remember The Best of Both Worlds, you don’t see my name on that. I never wanted no part of that. I know I’m not f*ckin’ with that… I knew, morally, we weren’t the same,” Dash said referring to JAY. “So, to me, Roc-A-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn’t f*ck with it. It was something that, to me—I don’t wanna say unforgivable— but I couldn’t understand it.”
In part two of his apology, Dash claims, “Aaliyah had me f*cked up,” while extending an olive branch to Hov and to Burke.
“And Jay, you know, the friendship we had was cool, man. I just miss it. But whatever he doin’, I’m cool with it, bro. I’m sorry, man. I wasn’t myself for a minute. Aaliyah had me f*cked up. And Biggs, I’m sorry, bro, if I offended you. Whatever you doin’, I’m with it. I love you, man. I know y’all mad at me, but, whatever. I’m sorry. I can admit it…”
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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.