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Damon Dash: ‘I’m Taking Back Roc-A-Fella; I Don’t Need No Paperwork’

The co-founder of the famed label that introduced Jay-Z to the world insists he is still the CEO of Roc-A-Fella Inc.

The record label Roc-A-Fella Records has been dormant for many years after the “breakup” of Jay-Z, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, and Damon Dash.

Although all parties have continued with other ventures, the beef Dash has with Jay-Z doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. In a recent interview, the Harlem-bred co-founder insists that although nothing is going on with the label, he is still “the CEO of Roc-A-Fella Inc.”

Dash appeared last week on “The GAUDS Show,” a podcast, and said  he’d like to have a conversation with Jay-Z, but he made it clear where he stood.

“I’m taking back Roc-A-Fella; I don’t need no paperwork,” he said. “Roc-A-Fella never dies. It’s not dead; I just f**kin’ took a vacation. I’m the CEO of Roc-A-Fella Inc. and JAY-Z knows it, and so does Biggs. Not Roc-A-Fella LLC—we sold that; Roc-A-Fella Inc.—I’m still the CEO.”

Dash also firmly believes that if it weren’t for him, there would be no “rapping Jay-Z” and that the “Hard Knock Life” rapper and future billionaire wasn’t concerned about business.

“If I listened to them, there would be no Jay-Z.,” Dash said. “He wasn’t gon’ do it. There would be no rapping Jay-Z if it wasn’t for me 100,000 percent. He wasn’t gonna do what I did to make sure he got heard. He was hustling.

“He wasn’t gonna put a record out by himself and create a record company. He could rap, but he didn’t know business. I taught him business. How to put a record out yourself. How to leverage your celebrity and put it on a product yourself.”

As is his style, Jay-Z has not yet, nor is he expected to, respond to Dash’s comments.

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