Damon "Dame" Dash's fall from financial grace and split with business partner Jay Z, doesn't have the onetime Roc-A-Fella Records leader bitter, he says in the February issue of Details magazine.
In his heyday, Dash was worth a reported $50 million, only to descend so deeply into debt (thanks to back taxes, back rent and other outstanding bills) that it ate away at his multi-million fortune. Today, the New York native is working with Jim Jones, among other ventures, and in excerpts from the interview, posted on Complex.com, Dame broke down why he believes he doesn't deserve any of Hov's funds.
"I'm not counting that man's money. No one's taken anything from me," he asserted, then used an oddly sexual metaphor to further explain his stance. "It's like saying, 'I used to mess with a girl, and before I used to mess with her, she was mediocre.' But because she started messing with me, I taught her things. I dressed her, and then I taught her how to have a career … Does that mean after we break up I'm still supposed to be able to get some a--?"
Dash reportedly laughed at the strange analogy. "I don't feel entitled to that p---y," he continued, bringing his point back around to Jay. "You understand what I'm saying? I don't feel entitled to nothing he's got."
Although the two have had friendly run-ins in recent years (most recently during the Magna Carter World Tour stop in L.A.), financially, they are worlds apart. Jay's net worth is nearing $500 million, and while Dash doesn't have beef with his onetime partner, he's not exactly happy with the people surrounding him. Specifically, Def Jam executives, whom he called "corny" and accused of feeding off Jigga Man's success. "You think I'm rolling to a club with Lyor Cohen or John Meneilly?" Dash added. "No disrespect to Jay — but every single person I see hanging around him is making money off him. They all conform so they can eat off him."
Elsewhere, Dash talks about his work with Jones' Vampire Life brand, his own Lower Eastside art gallery, Poppington, and a partnership with Dusko whiskey.
The magazine hits newsstands Jan. 15.
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