Are we seeing the end of the beef?
In a new interview with Us Weekly, Damon Dash revelaed that he misses his formely close relationship with fellow hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. For the unitiated, Jay and Dame Dash started the Roc-A-Fella label together (after Jigga couldn’t get a record deal anywhere else). As the label’s sole artist, Jay brought success to the business that went on to sign acts like The Diplomats and Beanie Sigel.
However, the pair fell out after Jay-Z jumped ship to be the CEO of Def Jam and purchased his former label. Now, over a decade later, Dash says he misses the relationship he had with his one-time close associate.
“I do miss the friendship. We were good friends. On a human level, of course we were friends, you miss the friendship,” he told Us Weekly. “It was a camaraderie, we were both fighting for the same thing. There was ideals. I do miss those ideals – being around people that are honest and, you know, will do anything.”
Dash added that he thinks they would have fallen out anyway as they got older. According to Dame, growing apart is just something that older men do.
“[But as] you evolve, men ain’t supposed to be wanting to hang out with other men as they get older,” he said. “They’re supposed to hang out with their girl and their family, so it has to happen regardless. But you still miss high school, you still miss camp, but I don’t want to go back to it.”
A Noted Improvement
While it’s not much better than the line he’s held for years, it’s a step past an interview he gave to BET. In that 2014 interview, Dash said he could sit down and do business with Jay-Z, but there wasn’t a hint of the friendliness that’s found in this new interview.
“Me, Jay and Cam could sit down and do business at anytime. We’re gentleman, it’s about money. Why [wouldn’t we be able to]?” he asked. “‘Cause we’re black? Anytime people have an opinion about each other in our culture, that means we’re going to fight each other on sight. It’s ’cause we’re black? It’s the most racist sh*t in the world… What’s the beef? There’s no beef. You think I’m going to swing on Jay?”
All in all, Dash seems to have no time for beef. He explained to Us Weekly that he’s been busy raising his children and trying to be an example of a good man to his daughters.
“I raised them thinking that men are supposed to do everything for them because that’s the kind of man I want them to have, so I believe the man you are to your daughters is the man that they’re gonna want, the man they’re gonna end up with, so I gotta be a good dad,” he said. “I have no choice. I have to be that dude. I have to be a gentleman at all times cause I want them to only be used to gentleman.”
Will the beef end?
What do you think? Will we ever see an end to the Cold War between Dame Dash and Jay-Z? Will they ever bury the hatchet and hang out? Or has too much time passed for the pair to ever come back together?
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