Dame Dash On The Power Of Ownership In Web3 — 'We Have To Make Sure We Control The Narrative, Not Them'
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Dame Dash On The Power Of Ownership In Web3 — 'We Have To Make Sure We Control The Narrative, Not Them'

Dame Dash is turning up his mic to encourage the Black community to take ownership.

During an interview with the Earn Your Leisure Network, Dash talks about the growing importance of ownership in the physical and the new landscape found in Web3.

Dash wants to see more of the Black community take root in the Web3 space to ensure our narrative penetrates and has value.

“Shifting into Web3 opens up a whole other door. It’s a whole other piece of land that needs to be colonized. But at this point, we have to make sure we control the narrative, not them, which means we must be literate. So the difference is we are now smarter and we want to be smarter,” Dash said.

According to a survey, based on 1,500 U.S.-based consumers, only 13 percent understood Web3 and 54 percent of people had not been exposed to the term at all.

However, 83 percent of users who are aware of the Web3 space have stated it has improved their lives for the better. More than likely, this is from those who have reaped benefits from the space and few come from the Black community.

“It’s a new world. People are actually getting loans to buy land in Web3. We gotta be the landlords in that world cuz then we can make the rules. You know, only like 12 percent of the world even understands this world. That means there’s eight percent that don’t know. Don’t be the 80 percent that don’t know, be the 12 that do. You gotta be there first. You gotta be an owner so you could be a part of the narrative. And we gotta own our own,” Dash expressed.

Dash is not all talk he is leading by example. During the interview, he previewed his metaverse created in partnership with Netvrk. Dash shares users can purchase apparel, art, and land in the Web3 space.

He looks to the metaverse as a pandemic-proof business, and he argues that the community needs to hone in on more ventures that can “touch the world without touching nobody.”

“The world in Web3 is gonna be as important or more important, and we gotta get there first,” Dash explained. “So that’s me as an avatar. I could change my clothes, you could buy the clothes, you could buy the art, you could do the screenings and any business you in that’s not pandemic-proof is a dumb business, moving forward, just based on how sh*t is going. So you gotta be able to touch the world without touching nobody…and that’s what the metaverse is.”

 

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During the same interview, Dash also shed light on the real estate sector. It emphasizes why the community should want to take control of every avenue because if not, the community can never write the rule book for existing and emerging spaces.

“Most of the time, within our culture, we don’t own nothing so we can’t make the rules. When you own something that means you’re the boss of what you own. That means you make the law within those four walls and those bricks. That’s usually the problem, we fight over sh*t we don’t own. It’s not ours,” Dash said.

He continued: “See, I’ve been kicking it in Florida for a little while and I’m like, damn, it’s racist out here, but the reason why is because they’re not used to seeing a Black boss. And I’m like, cause I don’t really feel racism. I was like looking at the people from my culture and they seem so oppressed and it’s more about survival. And I was like, damn, if my boss was a racist, that would be hell, if I had a boss. But if that boss was racist, he or her controlled my money that would suck. But when you’re the boss, a racist can’t even show you they are racist, they get fired. I don’t have to feel it, I’ll just fire you. And they just not used to it. And what I believe is that, you know, if we are the landlords and once you have ownership, you can make the laws. Then the world would just be a better place because culturally we wouldn’t lead with fear. We would lead with love, but the first step is ownership.”

 

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