Dame Dash Admits Jay-Z Working With R. Kelly Partially Led to Roc-A-Fella’s Demise
Dame Dash and Jay-Z's falling out, which led to the demise of the Roc-A-Fella record label, was at least partially influenced by Hov working with R. Kelly on The Best of Both Worlds album released in 2002.
Dame dated R&B singer Aaliyah from 2000 to 2001, six years after she was infamously married to R. Kelly at the age of 15, so his feelings about Kelly may run deeper than the casual observer. In an interview with Kenyatta Griggs of Hip Hop Motivation posted on Saturday (Jan. 5), the mogul talked about how the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries took an extra toll on him because of his relationship with the late singer, who died in a plane crash in August 2001.
"I watched some of it yesterday, as much as I could tolerate," Dash said around 10 minutes into the talk. "I'm not gonna lie, as a human, I was tight. And I was tight about a couple things. Number one: There was a girl when she was even trying to talk about it and she couldn't, and I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it and she couldn’t. You know, she would just leave it at, 'That dude's a bad man.'"
He added, "I didn’t really want to know what he did, to the extent that I might feel the need to, you know, just deal with it because that's what a man does. But it was so much hurt for her to revisit it. It was like, I wouldn't want to revisit it without a professional. Whatever got done was terrible."
Dame followed up by recalling how Hov working with Kelz after knowing about what happened with Kelly and Aaliyah made him separate himself from the project altogether. The album came out just a month after R. Kelly's "sex tape" with an underage girl leaked.
"To be honest, if you remember The Best of Both Worlds, you don't see my name on that," Dame confirmed. "I never wanted no parts of that."
The disagreement was one of the factors that led to the end of the label.
"The thing I didn't understand is, I was like, I know I'm not fuckin' with that. And because of the moral challenge and him choosing one way, I knew, morally, we weren't the same," Dash said of Jigga's decision. "So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn't fuck with it. It was something that, to me—I don't wanna say 'unforgivable,' but I couldn't understand it."
Check out Dame's entire interview below.
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