Former Roc-A-Fella Records producer Just Blaze raised some eyebrows this past weekend by revealing how tense his relationship with ex-boss Damon “Dame” Dash once was.
Responding to a Twitter user, Blaze said he previously wanted to fight the music mogul.
Recently, Dash talked about how Jay Z‘s Roc brand fell apart after he stepped away from the company in the mid-2000’s.
“Roc-A-Fella doesn’t exist anymore really and it never did since I left, neither does Rocawear. Actually, name something that I created and left that still exists. No, for real. All of those things. I knew once I walked away from Roc-A-Fella that it wasn’t going to exist no more and Rocawear. I was like y’all head that ship for the next three years and then it’s on a Titanic. They just didn’t want me to have it, they didn’t want us to have it. Roc-A-Fella wasn’t doing bad when it had Kanye, Jay, Cam’ron it had all of those things, right?” (“Dr. Boyce Watkins”)
Dame also talked about his disinterest in following Jay’s music business blueprint.
“It wasn’t about being cool. If he would’ve been cool about me doing my own thing, because I was cool with him doing his own thing. I didn’t want to do that no more. Regardless of what he did, I wasn’t in the Jay Z business no more. I had already moved my sh*t to Rocawear and created Rachel Roy. I was done with hip hop and music. They could have that block. I wanted to sell a whole ‘nother drug. I was bored with it. I was done with it.” (“Dr. Boyce Watkins”)
Last year, Dame weighed-in on Jay using his TIDAL streaming service to fire shots at its competitors.
“I was really happy that the disses are now toward the corporate infrastructure, the machine, the awareness. I’m like that, I know Jay, and you know, as my experience with him, whatever is winning, he’s going to embrace. So if bringing awareness to being robbed as a culture is what’s now in style, and hopefully, that’s what I wanted to happen – if the most commercial person that I know, if the person that is going with [what] the masses are going to go with, is saying that, then that’s where the whole tide is going. Of course the timing of it may make it look like a marketing plan but good. Everything he does is a marketing plan. So if being independent is a marketing plan, then that’s good.” (“Dr. Boyce Watkins”)