Dame Dash Discusses Championing Kanye West
Dame Dash says he helped his artists become famous and rich "by any means necessary."
Dame Dash recently offered praise to Kanye West when asked about the Chicago rapper’s highly popular Air Yeezys, during his interview with Sneaker Watch. Although Dame says he prefers to collect luxury cars and companies, he says it’s dope that Kanye has been able to “touch the world” with his collaboration with Nike.
Additionally, the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder says he helped champion the likes of Kanye and others during his time spent at Roc-A-Fella by making them famous and rich “by any means necessary.”
“That’s dope, man. I probably wouldn’t pay $5,000,” Dame said, when asked about the Air Yeezys. “That’s not me, man. I don’t collect sneakers. I like to collect like Ferraris and like companies. You know what I mean? I don’t really go too far with [designer] sneakers, but I think that it’s dope that Kanye can touch the world like that. If I’m gonna have an opinion of what he’s done. I’m the one who championed everyone, pause. That was my job. To be the champion. That’s why I made them champions. That was my job. I did my job. My job was to make people famous and make them rich. That was my job. That’s what I did. By any means necessary. It wasn’t about being liked. It was about making people famous and making em rich. And that’s what I did.”
Later in the interview, Dash speaks to Kanye West. "I ain't seen you in a minute," he says.
After speaking on putting his artists in the spotlight “by any means necessary,” Dame was later asked if he feels that people in the music industry are scared of him. In response, he said that he’s not concerned with what others think of him unless they’re his family or happen to be close friends of his.
“You can’t make history without a struggle,” he said. “History’s not worth it if there’s no fights. So, I like the fight. I box. I used to box for recreation. You understand what I’m saying? So, it’s the person I am. I don’t care if I’m liked or not. I don’t care about none of that. I’m caring about whether or not my family’s provided for. Ask me if I care if my kids like me then I’ll tell you ‘Yes, my kids love me.’ And I’m very happy to tell you about that…And that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”
Dame being questioned about his likeability in the industry, comes days after the entrepreneur called out Lyor Cohen, Joie Manda, and other music executives, during an interview with Vlad TV.
“Of course you don’t see the puppetmaster,” Dame said during the interview, which was published last month. “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.”