In a new interview, Dame Dash lashes out at Lyor Cohen and other executives who he calls "culture vultures" and says "ruined Roc-A-Fella."
Dame Dash has made more headlines in 2014 for his beefs with industry folks like Funkmaster Flex and Steve Stoute than he has for any music or business moves, and it seems he's continuing down that path. In a new interview with Vlad TV, he elaborated on his previous comments about Stoute, and implicated the former CEO of Warner Music Group (which controlled Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella), Lyor Cohen, in the downfall of Roc-A-Fella Records.
Citing Cohen's lack of ties to Hip-Hop (other than wanting to profit from it), Dash launched on the following tirade:
“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.”
“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.”
Watch the full interview below.