Damon Dash says he’s ready to end his 20-year feud with Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, Jay-Z — after the rapper offered an “olive branch” to thank him as he entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The pair turned the music industry on its head in 1995 when they founded the company as Jay-Z struggled to find a place in one of the major labels. But as the “Empire State of Mind” rapper’s career blossomed and the label sold off piece by piece, their friendship crumbled into a bitter feud.
But on Saturday, Jay-Z put their differences aside and thanked Dash in his speech. Shout out to the lady, he said at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, “I know we don’t see eye to eye, but I can never erase your accomplishments. I appreciate and thank you for that.” He also thanked the late rapper Biggie Smalls and said, “I appreciate you guys. Thank you for our trip. Thank you. Thank you for your contribution to this trip.”
“It was beautiful,” Dash told Page Six, admitting he was surprised to hear his once-boyfriend friend mention it. “I’m glad he said it for the culture’s sake. We need to crush everything. So hopefully if that’s an extension [olive branch] I’ll spin again.”
“I don’t have beef with [him] if [he has] He added, “Let’s get the lawyers out of it then. Let’s talk like guys, but I definitely appreciate it.”
The last battle of the rivals was a pair of lawsuits over Dash Trying to sell the first version of Rock-A-Fella – “Reasonable Doubt” by Jay-Z – as NFT. Dash called Hoffa “liar” and “bully” middle of the controversy.
“I never want you to think that we have to go to court to solve anything,” he added, “We can talk about it and the culture needs to see two strong black men working on a problem. Even if they work together, they can go their separate ways, They can still be great.”
He said he always considered the rapper to be a brother. “We shouldn’t swear. We’ve done so much to further it… There’s no way I’d ever do it [not] I recommend [him] Brother – it’s just that we don’t see eye to eye.”
Dash also made his own notes of gratitude.
“That means I’m in the Hall of Fame,” he said, “Whether we’re cool or not, his induction into the Hall of Fame is important. Congratulations to us, congratulations to him and thank you. [to him] To continue working hard to where he got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Anything he can do to make me great, so thank you even for continuing to strive. It keeps my name alive.”