News: Dame Dash Responds To Beanie Sigel "Roc" Accusations, "I Hate To See Anybody Struggle" [Video]
Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 9:02AM
Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon "Dame" Dash has responded to Beanie Sigel's recent claims against his former boss and said he understood the Philadelphia rapper's overall pain.
Saying he still has mutual respect for Jay-Z and Beans, Dame explained his stance on their current dispute.
"I love Jay, I love Beans -- what's the reason for beef?" Dash responded in an interview. "That's stupid. What's the reason for beef? People die, people don't feel good -- I want people to laugh...I was hurt for him, more or less, because I know that ain't him. But I don't want to speak on that. Whatever [Beanie's] going through where he's got to do that...I could understand where he may look at things and feel that way. I can see that. He's probably got a lot of people around him and nobody to really tell him what's going on. It was a different environment for Roc-A-Fella back then. I feel bad for those cats. I love those cats. I hate that they struggle. I hate it. I hate to see anybody struggle. I don't embrace that. I'm not one of those dudes that get happy when I hear something bad about somebody I had a bond with. I really loved those dudes." (MTV)
According to Beans, Dame took a percentage of his State Property profits.
"The issue about the Bentley's, you shot yourself in the foot for that, now let's go to the record label I'm 'supposed' to have," Beans said in an interview. "You didn't give me a record label, all it cost is a couple hundred dollars to search the name, State Property Records, nobody owned it. I think I paid a couple more hundred dollars and I patented the LLC licensing company, so my record [company] cost me like $750 to say on a piece of paper that I owned State Property Records LLC and I did that on my own. You didn't give me that and what artist was on that label? So what did you give me? The clothing line that I had, I had 20 percent of State Property clothing, it's me, Jay, Dame [Dash] and the two other Russians that had the Rocawear owned State Property because I gave them an idea, pitched it to Dame at the time -- [Dame] was taking all the money from Rocawear and putting it into all his little companies, he did the same thing to State Property." (Power 99 FM)
Jay had previously responded to Sigel's claims by pointing out the rapper's achievements while at Roc-A-Fella.
"He has a lot to complain about," Jay jokingly said during a press conference. "Not me. Well Beanie Sigel at the time, and you can look it up if you like, just to be honest, was driving two Bentleys, I don't know how. It's impossible to drive two cars at one time with his mama in the sticks and selling 800,000 records. I don't know what more you can do for somebody at that point. What people choose to do when they attain that type of success, you know, at some point you have to look in the mirror and look at yourself. Beanie Sigel had a record deal, a record label, and a clothing line. And never went platinum, ever. I don't know in the history of rap has anyone done so much with so little. I don't know what more you can do for a person at that point. But a record deal, that's normal. A record label and a clothing line, so, if that's not pushing a person, sh*t. Thank-you." (La Rue Du Hip Hop)
New York radio personality Funkmaster Flex also shared his mixed reaction.
"It's a hard position," Flex said in an interview, "[but] I think Jay should've let Sigel go in the first inkling that he wanted to be someplace else. I do agree with Jay-Z with something. He did allow Sigel every opportunity with the clothing line, record label and his record deal. And I don't think Sigel did anything wrong, but the game changed to where it wasn't profitable anymore with labels. The clothing business wasn't doing what it was doing. I don't know if he didn't do something or if the game just changed, because there were a lot of people with clothing lines. Jay's not gonna respond, he don't have to. He's the richest rapper and he just dropped a hot rock album. Let's keep it 100, T-Pain, I love T-Pain, I love T-Pain. I love Sigel. I love a lot of the artists that are out there and ain't nobody saying this album is wack." (XXL Mag)
Check out Dame Dash speaking on Beanie Sigel below: