Monday, October 25, 2010

Damon Dash Scrubbed from the Roc-A-Fella History Books

There was an article about Jay Z in the Wall Street Journal last week and it talked all about Jay Z and his business acumen, but when they came to the part about Roc-A-Fella, nary a word about Damon Dash was uttered.

Dame was mentioned but only as a footnote and not by name.

From the WSJ
Jay-Z's music career began in 1996, when no major labels wanted to sign the 26-year-old local rapper. He and two partners formed an independent label, Roc-A-Fella Records, by necessity. That move eventually strengthened his bargaining position. Mr. Liles, who was an executive at the iconic rap label Def Jam, recalls Jay-Z declining an offer of a traditional signing deal. "He looked at me and said 'I own the company I rap for.' " Instead, Roc-A-Fella entered a joint venture with Def Jam.

In 2005, Jay-Z took the job of president and CEO of Def Jam while rival labels courted him. What clinched the deal with the label—by then owned by Universal Music Group—was a contract clause giving the rapper full ownership of his past recordings for Def Jam. These rights revert to him starting in 2014.

"I'm happy about it," he says now. "But when I think about it, it's something I shouldn't even have to ask for. It's mine, I created it."

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

And this is news because??? Dame was a shady egotistical, self -indulged individual who got left on his ass when he was down on his luck. It's called karma baby....let this be a lesson to every man and woman out in the world. U play with fire then u are going to get burned.

Anonymous said...

Dame his rock bottom for real. Good for him...cant' stand him.

Anonymous said...

They also didn't mention Biggs. Biggs rarely gets mentioned when he did more for what he gets credit for.

Anonymous said...

^hit rock bottom

Anonymous said...

He left out Kareem “Biggs” Burke, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, that was a subject of a recent drug bust. Funny how he's disassociating himself with those that have fallen. It's alright to cut folks off that won't do right, but don't act like they never existed.

Anonymous said...

@11:26 I bet Biggs liked it that way ain't no need to be in the limelight stay behind the scene & get ya $$$$.ya heard
Dame should have took notes FAKE AZZ PUFF!!!bet that clown washing socks & white tees now.LOL

Anonymous said...

HaHA i remember when he was on tv talking about he always wear new socks & shirts everyday never wear a pair twice.LOL

Anonymous said...

I know Dame is somewhere feeling some kind of way about this, but I doubt Biggs cares (he's got bigger problems now)...and I highly doubt he cared in the first place. He reminds me of Slim from Cash Money, in the sense that he knows how to lay back and get his money. He knew he wasn't the face of the company, he let Jay do that. I wish Mr. Dash would've followed suit....

Anonymous said...

I'll admit, Dame has always been egostistical, from High School too. I did love the grind that he Jay, and Biggs were on to make it to the top. I was proud of him even though he was an ass...... I was even happy for him when he got with Aaliyah, only because he seemed calmer and more in love and human like. After the fall of the rock and the death of Aaliyah, he is a totally different person. And in person he is completely different!!! Its kind of sad.

Anonymous said...

The article is probably just a ploy to help him sell books.

hoodoo queen said...

Just like Oprah and Tyler Perry, JayZ gone be exposed for the fraud he is and they all are. Just keep watching...

Watch these 3 mofos come tumbling off their fucking pedestals.

The Real Fedup said...
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The Real Fedup said...

SMH....as I said typical negro gigaboo "Jay z" uses people and spits them the fuck out! * file nails*

So stans where is your defense for Jay z now?

I bet you guys Jay z will claim he did ROC A Fella all by himself. Heck you guys will say he was the shit when he did "Hawiian Sophie" too! I agree Dame was a egotiscal SOB too but dam it give that man some credit! WTF!

This is typical Jay z.... everyone who had made him or has put them on ROC A Fella where are they now????????????????????


*CRICKETS* to their career.
Dame Dash
Amil
Beanie Segal
Memphis Bleek
State Property
Young Gunz
Foxy
Tiarra Marie
Dehaven
Jaz O

I can go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It will be the same nonsense with ROCNATION TOO!


This man never seems to have no one outshine his ass. Once they do, his ass eliminate them and they disappear! WHAT A BUSINESS MAN......REMOVE YOUR COMPETITION AND YOU REMAIN ON TOP! I bet that is his motto everyday he looks at his camel face in the mirror.

KARMA IS A BITCH JAY Z!!! WHAT GOES UP WILL GO DOWN TOO!
GREEDY ASS CAMEL

Anonymous said...

All these folks are shady. He talks about how degrading Big Pimping was, but at the end of the day, what is he still doing? It's still business right?

Anonymous said...

um, can y'all name one successful business person who didn't step on or offend some folks to get where they are? Don't worry, I'll wait... Now I'm not saying it's cool, but it IS the nature of the beast... To think you can get to the next plane without some hurt feelings is kinda unrealistic...

Anonymous said...

The article is about Jay-Z. -- BK in Charlotte

ANON1 said...

hurt feelings and cutting throats and hearts out are two separate things.

Success doesn't mean that you have to step on everyone on the way up (or what you perceive to be up). You can also be successful by bringing others along with you and helping them attain.

Anonymous said...

Maybe his misdeeds will come back to haunt him, someday, but at the same time he is not solely to blame for the failure of others. It's not his fault if their music doesn't appeal to the public, but they could have been promoted a little better, though.

Anonymous said...

Its the music biz... just like corporate America... there are no rules of courtesy and ethics basically applies to financial management... stop tryin have the music biz run like a church

Anonymous said...

@Anon1, the very nature of the industry we're speaking of is "cut throat"... Everyone knows that. And didn't he bring his people along with him? Wasn't that Dame throwing champagne on chicks and dropping bottles of Armadale in those videos? How long can you "have someone's back" before you get sick of carryin em?

Bee Gee said...

Please see Industry Rule #4080

Don said...

"Mofo's saying they made Hov. Made Hov say, 'Okay, so, make another Hov."

Anonymous said...

That's all I'm saying - make another HOV Mr. Dash!

DOSbrand said...

I'll stick to the name JESUS.
Because in times of trouble that was the name that delivered me.

There is Power in the name of JESUS.

the devil knows that, jayz knows that, so how come you don't???????

Anonymous said...

Lame Dash
:(

Anonymous said...

Further more all these people are former "thugs" and when have they ever been trustworthy? If its not in your contract...good luck with seeing the money or glory in the end... Every man for himself unfortunately

Bee Gee said...

To make another Hov, you first need to make another 2Pac and Biggie.

Then once the new 2pac and Biggie bring the rap game back to prominence, you need to have them both assassinated by gunmen.

After this, the rap music fan base will remember that it's gangster to sell drugs and get shot the fuck up, and they'll desperately anoint another 2nd tier rapper the new king of rap.

Then the new "king" can present his largely-bitten rhymes as "blueprints" too, and eventually marry a pop queen and become more of a pop artist than a rapper.

Nothin' to it.

Anonymous said...

Industry #4080...

RECORD COMPANY PEOPLE ARE SHADYYYY!!!
(Q-TIP)

Anonymous said...

OOOOHHH!!
NICE BREAKDOWN BeeGee sounds about right.LOLOL!!

Anonymous said...

i'm willing to bet any money that jz still has a small crack empire in brooklyn.

The Real Fedup said...

@320 BeeGee

Child you pretty sum up Jay z's entire career in a nutshell!

Steal Biggie and Tupac rhymes and claim it as his then get gullible fools to drink your camle koolaid who didn't research shit and VOWLA! you got Jay z
.
Yep you pretty much sum this Jimbo two face backstabbin biter camel negro's career up!lol

The Real Fedup said...

LMAO....THE INDUSTRYEXPOSED IS EXPOSING JAY-Z'S ASS AGAIN!

http://www.youtube.com/user/theindustryexposed


Love this site!! This man expose the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And this is news because??? Dame was a shady egotistical, self -indulged individual who got left on his ass when he was down on his luck. It's called karma baby....let this be a lesson to every man and woman out in the world. U play with fire then u are going to get burned.

@ @ 11:25 AM

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And, we can say the same for Bitch Boy Jayz, his day of reckoning is around the corner.

Anonymous said...

Just like Oprah and Tyler Perry, JayZ gone be exposed for the fraud he is and they all are. Just keep watching...

Watch these 3 mofos come tumbling off their fucking pedestals.

@ 12:19 PM

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AGREE!

Anonymous said...

Dame = Persona Non Grata

Anonymous said...

Its an article about Jay-Z... so in order to mention Same & Biggs you need their permission... last I heard Biggs had bigger fish to fry & Dame aint got no phone... NEXT...

all yall do is complain & talk shit about the man.. when Snitch makes a post about him just skip it, damn!

JustMeBA, NC

Anonymous said...

That's bullshit! Dame was a beast to people for a reason! He pulled so many stops for Jay and needs to get his credit! Dame and Biggs went hard for that camel! Jay needs to stop fronting like he did it all alone! He was just a typical NY rapper that no one cared for!

Anonymous said...

Those grown azz people.. Didn't beanie shoot hisself in the head and the bullet hit foxy in the ear.... I mean what the fvck.. Is that list of bums supposed to be credible... can't use that shyt no where Jay would win hands down...

Foxy b. = Stealing weave and glue for a weave store.

Beanie = Shooter

Dame = Poor business sense and bad judgement while turning his back on a friend for a fag...

Amil = NO comment No talent

I can go on too.

Looser

The Real Fedup said...
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The Real Fedup said...

@720
These list of these so call "bums" as you call it was your man's crew!!!!! THAT WAS ROCAFELLA! So isn't the company he keeps is a reflection on his ass? *blink blink*

You just double talk your debate right with your comment.

Wasn't Jay z up on Foxy Brown's pussy to get ahead?

Didn't Jay z dated Amil and toss her to the side later on?

Didn't Jay z sneak around done deals and been a two face to Dame?


As much as you so call Jay z clut fans want to give him all the credit, Jay z did not do all these things by himself. Please go research the facts and see your CAMEL is not all what you guys think he is.

Anonymous said...

Jayz arranged for Beanie Sigel to be in a car accident nevause Beanie was about to out Jayz.

Amil was not down with what went on behind industry and she left.

Dame was used by Jayz and left broke. Even though Dame is stupid it still was not right.

Anonymous said...

typo because

Anonymous said...

Didn't Dame & Jay sell rockafella which was later acquired by Jay? Dame is broke because he was a damn show off with poor mgmt skills. He is a grown man that did himself in. It isn't Jay's job to support these grown as people. The man is a shrewd business man who was always about business. It isn't his fault that people don't know how to keep their business in order. WTF do people think lawyers are for. Protect your won interest in any situation despite who you are dealing with.

Anonymous said...

own*^

Anonymous said...

WTF is Rocafella without Jay. it was built on his back so...what's the problem. The label was built around him as an artist so again wtf is the problem. This man doesn't owe anybody a damn thing. People seem to have fucked up senses of entitlement nowadays.

The Real Fedup said...
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The Real Fedup said...
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The Real Fedup said...

It amazes me out of all the "friends" Jay z was with, it amazes me how he is so innocent in all situations. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM? Typical folks.....blame the victims and turn a blind eye to the truth that is staring you in your face. MAN HAS MONEY BRAINWASH FOLKS COMMON SENSE?

I agree no one should depend on folks to make a living. But dam what ever happen to true friends? Loyality? What happen to that? Since when all of a sudden the motto is USE FOLKS TO YOUR NEEDS AND FUCK THEM AND LEAVE.

It like in every situation Jay z fuck these people raw with no vasaline and then later on he disappears or doesn't acknowledge folks who help him out once upon a time! Talk about an ingreatful son of a bitch. If he could drop his momma, he would do it in an instant if he could.
Jay z was a godfather to one of Dehaven's children and Jay have not even bother to visit. So now Jay z is too better than folks now? SMH.

I could of understood if it was just Dame he cut lose. BUT EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON ROC A FELLA? Where there is smoke, there is fire! Dame was a show off and living off his means. I think personally he was an idiot as well. But he still help put Jay z to where he is at today!We have to give this man some credit.

Every single person who was apart or help Jayz's career mysteriously is toss aside like a pile of shit. I WONDER WHY? Jay z is trying to hiding us from the truth! TELL ME ONE PERSON WHO HE HAS STARTED WITH FROM THE JUMP IS STILL IN GOOD STANDING TODAY??????? All of these people lives are screwed and dismiss as failures because they don't got his money. GTFOH I bet you these people sleep better at night knowing they did not sell their lives for greed and fame.

ROC NATION is another failure that will happen too. WHAT ARTIST BESIDES KANYE (which is hanging by a thread... to fail the route he is going) is successful?

*crickets*

We can not name one artist Jay z have sign on his label which have succeded the same level or close to as him. He uses these folks as smoke and mirrors to fool folks into thinking he is some "GOD" or Saviour for the industry.

He will use Rihanna and turn her out even more into a pile of mess.
Willow's poor career will fail before it begins. He will use a 9 year old and toss her out as well when she don't begin to act like Rihanna.

Jay z is like Diddy with Bad Boy! All of the artists he was with or sign will end up in 5 to 10 years "has beens" and failure. Meanwhile Jay z remains on top with not a dam scratch ====> that is a dam fact. Look at the history with this man and proves us all wrong!

Til then Jay-z fans kick rocks with an open toe shoe!

Anonymous said...

Without Jayz other artists there will be no RoCAFELLA, so do not get iy twisted.

Anonymous said...

@fed up

will you marry me? seriously. if you're gay I'll turn gay for you. if you are single I'll leave my honey for you please just let me know! lololol

The Real Fedup said...

@1122

I am not gay. I am 100% hetrosexual female who loves men! :). lol @ your comment.

Anonymous said...

@fed up 12:42

well in that case, i'm a man and i want to get with you!

Anonymous said...

They made hundreds of millions of dollars together. Jay-Z wrong for this one!

Anonymous said...

when Rocafella was dissolved, all the artists had a choice in whether to stay with Jay or go with Dame and do the State Property thing. They talked about it FOREVER, how it was like "their parents divorcing" and whatnot. Kanye stayed, made his money, and is where he is (now whether that's a good thing is up for speculation, I suppose). Most of the others went w/ Dame, and look where it got em. They made the wrong move.

And for y'all saying "oh he's so wrong for cutting people off"... Aren't y'all the same ones saying cut off family members who "can't get it together"? And they're not even messing w/ your money! Lol... And praying for someone's downfall makes YOU look pathetic, whether you know that person or not. Live your life, do you and let them do them.

Anonymous said...

@Bee Gee

I luv you man!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

10:34am

we'll take your advice when jz and his bimbo wife get over their insecurities and seek help for their obvious inferiority complex!

Anonymous said...

@ 6:42, okay, so they have money, adoring fans, and an obvious influence (whether positive or negative is up for speculation) on pop culture, and YOU'RE on here, with no more influence than I, praying for their downfall, and calling dude's wife a bimbo.. yet THEY'RE the ones with the inferiority complex? You wanna rethink that one? And normally I don't go hard for celebs (Heck, I'm not on their payroll, lol), but that comment was kinda off to me, and plenty contradictory...

Anonymous said...

7:27

i'd feel inferior to someone like barbra striesand, the late mj whitney huston and the late ray charles not some lying cheating back stabbing no talented hater whore (wench) who's married to a murdering ex drug dealer.

and what influence has she had on pop culture? shaking her ass? stealing? sabotage? tell me cuz i'd really like to know!

Anonymous said...

@ wait, there's no need to post the time, we're the only two talkin on here, lol... As i stated before, I don't go hard for celebs, being that I'm not getting a check for it... But come on, sweets, you know just like I do they BOTH have an influence on pop culture today... Let's be real. But when you're praying for someone's "downfall" that means they have to be somewhere up high for them to even have a downfall in the first place. And before you say you never "prayed for their downfall" you spoke up as if you were the spokesperson for the negativity... I just say there's no point in hating someone that you've never even been in the same room with... To me that REEKS of an inferiority complex....

Anonymous said...

to start, you don't know me so therefor you don't know who i've been in the same room with. secondly you have not provided me with any proof as to how she's influenced pop culture. so tell me: what has she done that's changed pop culture forever? what has she done that's innovative, special and completely hers? what will we remember forever? take your time and think about it. and in your answer please leave out ideas and songs that SHE'S STOLEN FROM OTHER PEOPLE!

Anonymous said...

i already told you that I'm not on their payroll, i have no desire to list their accolades, but since you KEEP ASKING:
regardless of whether or not she stole them, she gets credit for em (that damn booty bounce that wouldn't go away, the whole single ladies dancing thing, these sad broads wearing leotards to the clubs, etc.)(hey i never said they were a positive influence, but they were an influence nonetheless)... jay ended the whole autotune movement w/ ONE song, and remember when every man suddenly decided button-ups, jeans and a fitted was the way to go as far as fashion? C'MON SON! you see it, you can act like you don't, but I know you do.
and you're right, I don't know you, but being that you're praying for them to fall off one would think that if you had so much as a bad experience at a meet-n-greet, you'd be willing to tell all. So do you know them personally? Have you met them? Gone head and spill it girl!

Anonymous said...

LOL at people screaming about friends and loyalty. This is the music BUSINESS. Protect your own interest at all times.

Anonymous said...

@11:31, that's what i've been saying!

LovelyLibraDiva said...

"EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHAT MY ACHILLES HEEL IS...LOVE!!....I DON'T GET ENOUGH OF IT, ALL I GET IS THESE VAMPIRES & BLOODSUCKERS!!!!....ALL I GET ARE THESE $€€£%!! I MADE MILLIONAIRES, MILLING AROUND, SPILLING THEIR FEELINGS IN THE AIR!!".......Jay Z from Kanye West's Monster.....

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