Former Roc-A-Fella artist Young Chris recently reflected on his time under Jay-Z and Damon “Dame” Dash‘s watch and how both estranged friends served as strong mentors to him.

According to Chris, Damon Dash had a heavy impact on his career.

“Dame [Dash] is one of my biggest influences,” Chris revealed. “Jay is too, but Jay probably won’t give you much. You just had to learn and observe. He was one of the greatest mentors and uncles you never had in the game. It’s always good to have that man. I think any inspiring artist would want that from Jay. And I had it since day one up until now. But it’s cool. It’s a blessing. We had the best experience while at Roc-A-Fella. I always refer them to the ’96 Chicago Bulls because that’s how it was. Everyone had rings over there at one point in time. Chopped the head and the body falls, we were left to choose sides. It was tough for us in the beginning. People always point the finger when things go wrong but they don’t give credit when it’s due. And that’s where Dame came at. Great friend. They really cared. It was like a family with them. Choose your friends wisely, man. Watch your leaders. Your circle is only as good as you. Keep that circle, keep that positive energy. You’ll win.” (This Is Hip Hop)

Despite Chris’ positive relationship with Dame, State Property’s Beanie Sigel recently accused the rap mogul of an unpaid debt.

“I ain’t loyal to Dame, Dame owes me some money,” Beanie said in an interview with radio personality Star. “Yeah. Roughly about, my lawyer, my own lawyer found about $11 million that Damon stole from me. Yeah. It’s gone. He filed bankruptcy. I spent a million dollars just to say a person owes me; I have on a piece of paper that say he owe me some money. Who wants to go through that? I haven’t seen or talked to Dame in roughly, about five years. Almost six. [During my court appearances], that was a facade [his show of support.] That was smoke and mirrors. It wasn’t about Beanie Sigel. That was the Jay-Z/Dame Dash breaking up… If you got Roc-A-Fella in the hole and you got Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and then you got Memphis Bleek, State Property, if you couldn’t have Jay-Z, who was the next person you’d have? So, yeah, I seen through that. You can’t pimp me, you pimp a girl…” (“Star & Buc Wild”)

Last February, Chris said Hov was the person who inspired him to go the solo route.

“It’s Now Or Never man, that’s the title of my new album,” Chris revealed in an interview. “One half of the Young Gunz, Young C. Nah, [Neef] ain’t quit, he ain’t quit, never that. Hov came to me with the idea, when we were working on Brothers From Another. He said after this one, do your solo joint so after we finished Brothers From Another, I’ve basically been working on it.” (Choke No Joke)

In the past, Chris credited Jay for helping motivate him.

“The influence he had on me is substantial,” Chris said in an interview. “That man is just the best that ever did it. He’s just inspiration and motivation just to see how he work today. The wealth he at, just lets me know I have to stay at it. It’s a grind, got a long way to go man. That man’s a multi-millionaire and still goes in. Business. [He’ll continue rapping] ’til he drop. Jay got it man, he can do whatever he want man. He runs this town. He’s still got it. He’s still got it man, that’s my boy. You know what it is, he’s the best at it. So the expectations are set high, sometimes you’re set up for failure ’cause people are expecting the best. Then they compare it to the old Jay…He’s seen more, he’s experienced culture. People stuck in time ’cause they don’t go nowhere.” (Rugah TV)

Check out Young Chris’ interview below: