Dame Dash deserves to be mic’ed up for a set period of time. Sort of like how athletes wear audio equipment that allows listeners to hear what goes on in the huddles, the sideline, etc., Dame should be tapped to do a similar adventure for Hip-Hop. The end result would probably be a mix of high comedy and honest truth, at least his version of what’s right.
Always loud and brash, Dame doesn’t seem to possess what’s called a filter. See, most people have an imaginary screen located either near the front of their brain or over their mouth that stops their truest thoughts from coming out or it at least strains them in order to take out any negativity in order to end up with words that come off abrasive. Dame doesn’t have one of those.
Much like the previous part of his interview with Hip Hop Motivation where he speaks candidly on Jay Z’s fight with Solange, Dash serves up his opinion on the dysfunctional aspects of Black business, citing one person in specific as a prime example of how brothers don’t look out for one another. That person: Steve Stoute.
For years, Dame’s always blamed Stoute for driving a wedge between the two former Roc execs, a point he reiterates for here.
“You know how many black people I tried to put together to make movies? There always be that one group – or because of Steve Stoute, or somebody that’s a ‘culture robber,’ or doesn’t care about his culture – [that] would break that up.”
“A guy like Steve Stoute would always take the people that are protecting the creative [and] eliminate them, so he could rob the creative. Just so he could get his money. Even if he kills that black man or that person’s brand.”
As his examples, he blames Stoute for “putting Jay’s whole name on a $40 dollar sneaker, just so they could get a check. How he had Jay doing Budweiser [commercials] with a confederate flag for a check.”
Whether Dame’s right or wrong, that’s hard to say without being privy to the dealings that went on around the time of Roc-A-Fella’s final days. But, again, he’s always maintained that Stoute, along with Lyor, was a key figure in nudging him (Dame) out of the way by distracting Jay with dollar signs. Long before he launched his Translation marketing agency, Stoute never hid his drive to create the “tanning” America and rap. Maybe he didn’t make himself as clear to Dame or Dame didn’t see the handwriting on the wall along the way.
Whether he’s right or wrong, people still listen to Dame because he gives an unfiltered look at what sometimes goes on behind closed doors.