History states that hip-hop started in New York in the 1970s. With early acts like DJ Cool, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa, the genre took off and developed despite early critics and skeptics. The persistent will of the people paid off as more rap and hip-hop artists, executives, and producers came onto the scene, providing space for people like the Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, The Lox, Diddy, Wu-Tang Clan — and Damon Dash. Dash is a New York native most known for creating Roc-A-Fella Records alongside partners Jay-Z and Kareem Burke. Officially founded in 1995, according to TIDAL, the label saw some early success by releasing Jay-Z’s debut album, “Reasonable Doubt.” With significant success throughout the ’90s and 2000s, Variety reports that Roc-A-Fella Records became a division of Def Jam, selling 50% of its ownership stake for $1.5 million. Dash would lead the company in signing artists like Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Dipset, and a young Kanye West. via GIPHY...
Mar 6, 2023
One of the most popular conversations across social media platforms involves what-if scenarios. Some of these hypothetical thought starters are rooted in truth, like Will Smith turning down a role in “The Matrix” to be in “Wild Wild West.” As crazy as it may be to ponder, this phenomenon is not uncommon in the entertainment industry. In fact, it occurs with musicians as well, and Lil Wayne is in that number. According to the Louisiana rapper, billionaire Jay Z offered him $175,000 to become a member of the Roc-A-Fella label.
Feb 6, 2023
Dame Dash has come forward with a new claim regarding his previous legal battle with Jay-Z.
Feb 1, 2023
The “Reasonable Doubt” fiasco between Jay-Z and Dame Dash has finally come to an end … for now. Just one year after Roc-A-Fella filed a lawsuit against Dash for his attempt to auction Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed, “Reasonable Doubt” album as a non-fungible token (NFT), the Hip-Hop mogul has reached a settlement with the label. According to TMZ, Dash is now completely banned from selling the 1996 debut album as an NFT because Roc-A-Fella owns all of the rights to the project. “Unless duly authorized by RAF, Inc., no shareholder or member of RAF, Inc. may alter in any way, sell, assign, pledge, encumber, contract with regard to, or in any way dispose of any property interest in ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ including its copyright and including through any means such as auctioning a non-fungible token reflecting, referring, or directing to such interest,” said legal documents from the case.
Jun 14, 2022
Damon Dash has lost the “Dear Frank” lawsuit. According to TMZ, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records has been ordered to pay Josh Webber and Muddy Waters Pictures more than $800,000 to settle the company’s lawsuit for defamation and copyright infringement. “I will get every penny due my clients,” promises Chris Brown, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the matter. According to HipHopDX, though, the two parties weren’t shy about exchanging verbal barbs in the media regarding the matter. Webber went on a tear on Instagram (which has since been deleted) calling Damon Dash a liar and accusing him of everything from the verbal abuse of the staff to being high on the set. For his part, Dash claimed that Webber was a “culture vulture” and was “trying to take credit for a Black man’s work.” It bears noting that while Webber’s rants have been deleted, Dash’s rants have not — and according to legal experts, this may have worked against him in the matter. Molly B. Kenny, who works in divorce...
Mar 31, 2022
Could this be the end of the Roc Boys for good? Jay-Z is suing his former Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, Damon Dash. According to Page Six, Jay-Z’s attorneys are accusing Dash of trying to sell his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” as a non-fungible token (NFT), a new form of currency that’s making waves on the art market. They allege that he is attempting to do so without Jay-Z’s permission. In paperwork filed on Friday in New York’s Southern District Court, Jay-Z’s lawyers issued the following statement: “Dash had planned to sell at a SuperFarm Foundation online auction on Jun. 23…the copyright to Jay-Z’s album ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ recognized as one of the greatest recordings in history.” The documents also further explain that Jay-Z along with his Roc-A-Fella co-founders Dash and Kareem Burke all own one-third of the shares in the record label and in his 1996 album “Reasonable Doubt.” It also explains that the mentioned auction has now been canceled. “That auction was canceled and...
Jun 21, 2021