Dame Dash, the former executive of Roc-A-Fella Records, recently opened up about the legendary rap beef between Jay-Z and Nas. In a conversation with streetwear fashion guru Willie Esco on the CEO Show, Dash admitted that Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records took a loss when Nas released his iconic diss track "Ether" back in 2001. According to Dash, the track had such an impact that it rattled Jay-Z emotionally, something he hadn't seen happen before.
Dash also shared his personal reaction to hearing his name mentioned in "Ether." He was initially excited but soon realized the gravity of the situation. He described landing in Arizona for a Rocawear campaign and hearing "Ether" on the radio, acknowledging that they had "taken an L" because Nas had successfully gotten into Jay-Z's emotions.
Adding another layer to the story, Dash mentioned that Jay-Z's public apology to Nas made Roc-A-Fella Records look weak. This apology came after Jay-Z's mom disapproved of the lyrics in "Supa Ugly," his own diss track aimed at Nas. Dash was so against the public apology that he tried to get Jay-Z off the radio, fearing it made them look bad.
The conversation also touched on the strained relationship between Jay-Z and Dame Dash, which has been a subject of discussion lately. Irv Gotti, another industry figure, recently credited Jay-Z for the success of Roc-A-Fella Records, implying that Dash was just along for the ride.
In summary, Dame Dash's candid discussion sheds new light on one of the most iconic rap beefs in history, revealing the emotional and reputational stakes that were on the line for everyone involved.