Dame Dash Talks Kanye West, Music Industry and Generational Wealth

Damon Dash has been adamant about being his own boss since a teenager in Harlem.

In the early ’90s, Dash co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records, a label responsible for the careers of Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, State Property, Kanye West and the Diplomats. 

Following the label’s unravelling over a decade ago, Dash began focusing his attention toward ventures outside of music, such as art, fashion, and motor oil. 

In 2015, Dash collaborated with Dr. Boyce Watkins to establish Intelligent Boss Moves, an online business consulting and mentorship program for aspiring business owners .

The two recently sat down to discuss Dash’s past days in the music industry, among other things.

Dash talked about Kanye West’s early years at Roc-A-Fella as a producer and playing a role in West’s subsequent rise as a rapper. Furthermore, he reflected on attending every day of Beanie Sigel’s attempted murder trial, and viewing everyone on the label as family.

Dash also touched on why he is not a fan of the music industry. “It’s not about the quality of the music, it’s about the quality of the person’s celebrity,” Dash stated during the interview.

Other topics explored by Dash were the downsides of obtaining wealth at an early age; how child support can diminish a person’s bank account; and his goal to create generational wealth. 

Check out the interview below. 

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