Damon Dash, best known for co-founding Roc-A-Fella alongside JAY-Z and Kareem Burke, stopped by Blavity News in June to discuss the relaunch of his streaming app, Damon Dash Studios, his thoughts on hip-hop’s current resurgence of women rappers, DMX’s passing, and how he embodies self-love.
On Women Rappers
It’s no secret that this current revival of the female rap wave has ruffled many feathers, especially in the hip-hop industry but Dash has different thoughts.
“The more women, the better, bro” Dash said. “I think dudes are dumb. I'd rather hear a woman over a guy any day. It makes more sense to be able to really enjoy being a fan of the creativity and power of a woman. They create life, so they’re stronger than any man, period.”
Dash, a proponent of women receiving their due respect, believes that women run the world.
“I love to see women get their flowers,” Dash said. “Women run the world, anyway...I wish there was more women rappers when I was in hip-hop."
On Damon Dash Studios
While the mogul may best be known for co-founding Roc-A-Fella, he’s decided to venture into a new business model, one that capitalizes off of the current era of streaming content. Damon Dash Studios, recently relaunched, includes exclusive original content created by Dash and his team. Dash trekking into the streaming business may be news to most but according to him, this is something that he’s been doing for a while.
“I’ve been doing this for years,” Dash said. “I’ve been opening up art galleries around the world, just aggregating content. I was waiting on the rest of the world to catch up, that’s why I stopped.”
Dash said that this dream of streaming content is something that he’s been able to build upon while quietly waiting on the rest of the world to catch up.
“It was a dream that I had, that people weren’t up on yet,” Dash said. “Because they weren’t, that meant that I didn’t have too much competition, I didn’t have to go raise bread. While I can do it on my own, I’ll build.”
On Calling Out White Public Figures
White supremacy is the catalyst for the current society that we live in that centers whiteness and its blue-eyed gaze. Dash says he has never accepted racism and has routinely called it out, over the course of his life.
“I think the difference between and most is I’ve never had no fear of white people,” Dash said. “If you notice in my career, I’ll call somebody white out, any day.”
On DMX’s Passing
The world collectively mourned, earlier this year, when DMX made his untimely transition. For hip-hop musicians and changemakers alike who actually knew the rapper, such as Dash, that grief was exacerbated.
“That was like my brother,” Dash said. “It’s funny when you know someone and you’re also a fan of them. When people die, that sometimes people love that they’ve never met, I have that and then I also have the actual personal connection that I had with that person.