Dame Dash and JAY Z were once partners-in-crime as the masterminds behind one of hip-hop’s biggest record empires, Roc-A-Fella Records, but a falling out caused a rift between the two over the years and the demise of their business partnership. Despite their history, Dash sat down with Complex to discuss his latest endeavor Dash Diabetes Network and offered up his thoughts on his former partner’s recent album 4:44.
Dash told Complex that while he hasn’t listened to 4:44, he believes the album is a reflection of some of the things he previously taught JAY. “It seems like everything I’m speaking about got reflected in that album. The same way that I’ve been talking about rolling out albums is the way the album got rolled out,” he told Complex. :So I think people have been listening. I think JAY-Z is probably my best student, and I can say that he listens, and that’s what always made him special.”
He later praised his former business partner for “going there” on 4:44, an album lauded for its candor and honesty, and for delivering messages that “really counts.”
“People have to listen to somebody speak, that the person that you’re listening to is saying the right stuff and that’s all that really counts. I think it’s a great thing that he can still rap at this age,” Dash continued. “I think it’s great that at this age he’s saying the things that a man this age should say, because most people his age don’t rap, and if they do they’re usually on some silly shit.”
Read Dame Dash’s full Complex interview here.