Damon Dash to White Music Execs: Go Make Money Off Somebody Else’s Culture

Damon Dash

Damon Dash

Damon Dash was once head of Roc-A-Fella records, and although he says he didn’t have problems with Jay-Z, he openly acknowledges butting heads with white music executives who used divide and conquer strategies to make money off black culture. During an interview with VLAD TV, Dash explains that the main problem with hip-hop is that people who could never be successful in their own culture are allowed to infiltrate black culture, encourage a toxic environment and extract wealth.

Dash clearly believes that black people should control their own work product and that white executives who extract money from black culture and never give anything back are pariahs.  Urban hip hop culture is being managed by white men who don’t know or care about black people, and that’s a recipe for disaster, says Dash.

In his interview, Dash names the worst offenders, calling out CEO of Warner Music Group (which oversaw Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella), Lyor Cohen, among others:

“My beef was with Lyor cause I think he’s a fake CEO. And I think he’s fronting on my culture, but he can’t front on anybody else. And I’m calling him out publicly. And I want him to stop trying to rape my culture. Go make some money with some other people. Like stop having your agenda be Hip Hop…It was like they have people that their job is to create beef. So, that they can monetize it. Pause. But they don’t let their culture feel it. But they make money from it. And they can’t make any money or get any respect in their culture. That’s why they’re in our culture. Because the minute that they were allowed to be there, they would go. But they just can’t…Never had a beef with Jay. Always with Lyor and his whole crew. He’s the one that ruined Roc-A-Fella. Lyor Cohen.”

Dash wonders why black people are taking orders from white executives about the urban culture blacks created:


“Of course you don’t see the puppetmaster,” he said. “So, it’s time to see him. Bring em out. Call out Todd Moscowitz…Ask them why they got their jobs. That’s what I want to see. How did Joie get the job president of urban? And what does that mean? I need to see credentials. And culturally anyone that’s taking orders from that man should be asking ‘Why should I be taking orders from you?’ Period…’I don’t care.’ He said it. Joie said it. ‘I don’t care.’ ‘How you feel about the culture?’ ‘I don’t care.’ ‘How do you feel that someone relevant from the culture thinks you’re robbing it?’ ‘I don’t care.’ And nobody’s gonna question that? Aight. That’s why I’m Dame. I’ll just continue to be Dame. I’mma have fun being Dame…Too much divide and conquer. So, that’s it, man. I’m just saying reverse the prospective. Let’s stop talking about rappers beefing. Let’s start talking about these people and educating the culture.”

You can watch the interview here.

17 comments
JayContreras
JayContreras

This is what built white wealth--exploiting black labor, creativity and genius. If white men give up pimping us, what the hell would they do with their time? Nothing, that's what. We create; they exploit and get rich. It's the white man's way. It's the ONLY way he knows how to make $ and since he's been using this hustle and con so long and doesn't know anything else; he ain't gonna voluntarily give it up. That global low life pimp out there ain't gonna let his bottom b&tch go...unh uh. Ain't gonna happen. She's gonna have to do some Sarah Kruzan sh&t on em. Jus sayin'. The music industry is no different from any other plantation: blacks create the wealth and whites (and a few of their trusted sambos) appropriate it while giving blacks some crumbs and expecting you to be happy with that when they wouldn't have any wealth without you. I remember reading about the heads of several black labels (I think Damon was one,Suge Knight, Irv gotti and some others I can't remember) who were trying to put together a black owned music distribution company and look what happened--like the mob, the entertainment industry doesn't like people muscling in on their 'turf'..they all mysteriously were pursued by the feds..I think it was like 4 or 5 of them and I think most were found not guilty but you know it had to cost them a pretty penny to fight the charges--so even then whites make damn $. Black people better get hip to what's going on in the world and make a decision whether you were put here by our Creator to slave for others or whether you were born free and you mean to die free or die or kill trying. Heed the story on the deacons of defense.

Regrenee
Regrenee

He is so true! White society or culture, workplace would FIRE someone like ME before I would get to that level, but dumb  black people still on the MUSIC  PLANTATION.  Smh!

Obsidian71
Obsidian71

This is nothing new.   Didn't you take heed to Ice Cube's rants about Jerry Heller?  That was 20 years ago.  


There's no need to ask for credentials.   A Jew just points to his Jewish mother.   We have the same power.   When i'm looking for businesses i'm looking for black owned businesses today.  Sadly this wasn't the norm for me when I was younger. 


Jews don't have to be co-erced to do business with their people.  In fact they don't do a lot of talking/telegraphing they just do it. 

david19082
david19082

Dash was one of those people who benefited from crawling into bed with the same type of white people he's now complaining about. That's the price he and other greedy Negros were willing to pay to do business with racist whites.

JaccTrippa
JaccTrippa

Vlad still aint posted that video on his channel for one reason. Dame told him to go after fellow Jews. but if you watch the video, DJVlad usually knows everybody in the world's business but he started playing dumb as hell when Dame started asking him questions about his people.

voiceoftruthusa
voiceoftruthusa

"Dash explains that the main problem with hip-hop is that people who could never be successful in their own culture are allowed to infiltrate black culture, encourage a toxic environment and extract wealth....Dash clearly believes that black people should control their own work product and that white executives who extract money from black culture and never give anything back are pariahs."


Correct. And of course he is dropping clues that may go over some heads, so let's take it to the next level: He's saying what many of us already know, either from being more than passing fans of music or who have been insiders in Hollywood and New York. Certainly powerful Je ws were looking for a deeper way to manipulate black culture for decades leading up to the early 1980s and they found it by first investing in Def Jam and going from there. (They were active in R&B before that, but the street level urban black person was not always in sync with R&B, and they knew that). Once they got a foothold in hip hop early, they went along for the ride and leading black music figures then and till now, including the Dame Dash of the 1990s, allowed the ride to happen. Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor, actually discussed their pattern of taking over the music business as far back as 1908 (do an online search for it) and the same old tricks were applied to hip hop, but because we didn't know the real history of the music business, we totally left ourselves wide open for a takeover. So yes, Dash should have been more vocal about this earlier in his career, but sometimes the Lord has a way of making people "talk" later after they get double crossed by the enemy. So Dash is dropping hints. I took it a step further. Who's listening?

Watchful
Watchful

Funny that he wasn't sayin' all this back when he was on top and makin' all the big bucks. Makes him look kinda hypocritical to me. At any rate, hip hop music and culture was co-opted decades ago, but it didn't seem that many, if any, of our ppl who were prominent in the industry at the time seemed all that concerned with the direction in which it was heading, including Mr.Dash.

TinaSue
TinaSue

The same people who are stealing Black music today are the same ones who stole our music in the past and claimed it as their own, along with all the money. They use one or two "sell out" Blacks to front for them.   When will Black people stop letting all other people take advantage of us?

JayContreras
JayContreras

@voiceoftruthusa  I'm listening but like you indicated, this ain't nothing new. This has been whites m.o. since the transatlantic slave trade or really before...once they got a taste of some of our knowledge in Kemet..they were plotting & scheming on sh&t then..lol..but yeah, it's their game. The same way a pimp preys on young, naive girls with low self esteem and then turns them out..the white man is a classic sociopath..and I mean the archetypal white male..the collective..this is how they operate on people of color..you have no value unless they can exploit and use you for something. And once they have used you up..on to the next ho. And they bring other people into the game. Certain people can get off the boat and not speak a word of english but they know they can come into the black community and get wealthy. We are like a lucky penny for others. Once we come to realize this, we will be unstoppable but we are still like that young brainwashed girl who believes everything 'daddy' tells her and that's some left over slave programming but like I said, this is the game. Once we tire of getting screwed over in the rap game, we, like always, will just go and invent/create something else for them to steal. lol..

Regrenee
Regrenee

@Watchful Hip hop is DEAD!!!  After this , no one may have jobs because the the general public is pretty tired of HEARING CRAP and NEGATIVITY!!  I have relatives , next generation, younger than me including children who HATE RAP and HIP  and they say that paying for music and concerts are a WASTE.  So these Slaves that are in the MUSIC Industry time is getting ready to expire.

JayContreras
JayContreras

@Regrenee @Watchful Music is a universal language so the sharing of music will always be around. The  modern day music 'industry' was created by the same people who created & financed the slave trade. They like pimping us. That's all. They have no other skills. lol..none. Or they would explore them.Oh I forgot--constant wars and killing people. THey are also good at that. lol...but black people are a creative people. We epitomize the saying: making something out of nothing. We are alchemists. Literally. But until we recognize our own worth, there will always be vultures and parasites around to steal whatever they can from us. This is how whites have accumulated wealth around the globe--off our backs, labor and creativity. But again, until we value what we bring to the table and realize what we have innately been given by God, we are going to continue to get used up by any Charlie, Kim Su or Lyor. It's as simple as that.

Watchful
Watchful

@Regrenee 


I agree, hip hop music, as u and I knew it back in its heyday, is indeed dead. The last 'new' hip hop album I purchased was 'Spta' by J-Live back in 2011. I'm sure there's plenty of so-called underground conscious hip hop currently out there, in fact, I've heard some, but u'll never get to hear it on commercial radio stations which, unfortunately, is most likely where the majority of today's hip hop fans listen for the latest musical offerings.


I'm glad to hear that ur young relatives have chosen not to listen to that 'CRAP' that's being passed off as genuine hip hop these days. Unfortunately, I'm doubtful most of the younger members of the general hip hop-listening public r as conscious as ur younger kindred. I hope ur right that this current adaptation of hip hop music and culture's days r numbered, but u'll have to forgive me for being skeptical about that.


 I sometimes listen to a hip hop show called 'DECIPHER'  that airs every Saturday night from 10:00 pm - Midnight on my favorite listener-sponsored, non-commercial radio station located here in my hometown. It'll be on later tonight and they play some old skool and conscious hip hop music and often have discussions on hip hop-related news and culture. Here's a link if u or anyone else is interested in checking them out.


http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/

Watchful
Watchful

@Regrenee 


U're more than welcome, the show just came on and I'm listening right now. :)