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Dame Dash: Lyor Cohen Stop Trying To Rape My Culture (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) “My beef was with Lyor [Cohen], because I think he’s a fake CEO. I think he’s fronting on my culture… I’m calling him out publicly,” says veteran entertainment executive Dame Dash. The Roc-A-Fella Records’ co-founder has more words for the former head of Def Jam Recordings and Warner Music Group.

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Dash has been on a month-long mission of naming individuals in the music business he believes have taken advantage of Hip Hop culture. Cohen has been one of his repeated targets.

“I want him to stop trying to rape my culture. Go make some money with some other people,” Dame suggests to Cohen in his latest interview. “Stop having your agenda be Hip Hop.”

According to Dash, Cohen and other label executives purposely fostered beef in Hip Hop for financial gain. He adds that he never had a beef Jay Z. His only issues were with Cohen.

“He’s the one that ruined Roc-A-Fella. Lyor Cohen,” states Dash. “Lyor Cohen, that’s my beef, not Jay.”

Dash also challenges media outlets to reach out to Cohen, Joie Manda, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald, Todd Moscowitz, and other record executives to get them to discuss their roles in the direction Hip Hop culture took and how they got their various positions at major music corporations.

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Duck Down Records’ Buckshot recently addressed Lyor Cohen’s role in changing the landscape of the music business in a recent interview with AllHipHop.com.

“If you sign to a major [label] today you’re done. You might as well put your head on the chopping block, because they got something called a 360 deal. For most record labels right now, especially if you’re major, that’s not even an option. They’re automatically taking 360s,” said Buckshot. “That was set up by Lyor Cohen. Shout out to Lyor. Cool guy, but I would never sign a contract with him as far as that level.”

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Buckshot Discusses Majors vs Indies, Mainstream Radio, & Working With Hip Hop Legends]

Watch Dame Dash’s interview with VladTV below.

  • RapItUp

    Wow.. Interesting.. So Lyor started the 360 deals up.. Dame might be onto something!

  • The only problem with this message is that it’s coming from the wrong person. If Chuck D, or KRS said this it would be better received. But Dame has good points, the message is tainted in the eyes of some of the listeners by Dame’s past. You have to ignore the fact that Dame promoted so many vices in his artists, and to the black community, Dame is not the solution, and it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. The message gets confused when you judge Dame, or look at him as an example. Even if your conclusion is that Dame is no better than Lyor and them, that is still a damning condemnation of these “scaly Israelis”..as the RZA so finely put it.

    • Troll_E_G

      The message is clear n Chuck n Krs been saying this and people ignore it….just seems like u hate Dame….the brother has a message we must take heed to….remember Malcolm was once Detroit Red

      • To point out a mans faults is not to hate him.

  • Picasso Micheaux

    Look past the messenger…open your ears and listen to the message…Dame’s rant was not for the followers or wannabe’s…point blank: Who profits from division?

    • Eli Pinilla

      Jay-Z obviously…..

  • Markus

    I feel Dame doesn’t want to say what’s really in his heart. There’s no way somebody leaves a thriving business unless you were cut out of the picture. Unless it’s been said already I bet if he was pressed he would have some real foul things to say about Jay-Z and why they separated as business partners.

  • Sgt. H. Jennings

    I wouldn’t expect Lyor Cohen or any other record exec to respect or understand my culture if I was an hip-hop artist. From a business standpoint, I need the record company’s money and distribution power. Power as an artist I do not have at the time which is why I’m here. Lyor isn’t a rapper. He isn’t down for the cause. He’s in it to make money off your music. Can’t get mad at him if an artist time and and time again sign deals to these labels that are so-called shady. No one put a gun to your head and said sign here. I tell you what though, someone needs to put a gun to the artist head and say read this contract and all paperwork involved before signing anything. Make sure you understand what’s about to happen and what’s not going to happen. The artist signing these deals are just as much a vulture as Lyor and the other record execs are. Only difference is the side of the table you’re sitting on and more importantly who’s funding the deal. Sure as hell isn’t the artist most of the time.. What about those artist who per what we see aren’t getting rapped. Jay-Z, OutKast, Beyonce, T.I., Eminem and so many others. They all have 50/50 deals, distribution deals with majors. They seem to have it under control. I wonder why.

    • “The artist signing these deals are just as much a vulture as Lyor and the other record execs are.”

      Really? You realize that when you say “just as much” that’s like using the word “equal”? The man who punches someone in the face is not equal with the man who shoots someone in the head. They both deserve blame but they are not equal.

      • Sgt. H. Jennings

        I realize exactly what I said and meant. The artist who on a continuous basis signing deals with these labels should be by now fully aware of what they are getting into. I’m thinking they are chasing the money first and foremost which puts them in the same category as those who are signing the checks who without question is also chasing the money. That’s all I meant bro..

    • Elayorx El

      Dope post, and to your point toward the end, about the established artists, I believe that to be the old, “bait, and switch”. Where they have a few success stories out there for us to see, showing, “it’s all good”, but never shed light on the THOUSANDS, upon thousands of artists that they have SET UP, to be raped, written off, and spit out, making room for the next helping. Those artists can afford NOW to have those types of deals, but what if earlier in their careers? Would we even know most of them later on down the line? I don’t think so, but hey, anything is possible, right? Respect.

  • Killuminati

    well dame should answer questions abt the money he owes currency and beanie…..and stop bitching abt others

    • Glasscut

      Lol i think if that was true currency would be talking about that right now and beanie sigel don’t you think.. ?? Please shut up..

      • Killuminati

        lol….they let their lawyers talk dumb ass…when flex put him on blast for that ish currency acknowledged it on twitter….im sorry that your bf dame is thirsty….maybe u should quench his thirst since u love him so much…foh

      • Glasscut

        Post the twitter link..

      • Killuminati

        type in this in the search “funk flex calls out dame dash for ripping off currency” and the twitter posts are at the bottom of the article…ahh wont let me post the link…..

  • IROC

    More people in the industry need to join Dame Dash , Chuck D said it along time ago that these devil’s have been raping our culture to long , Dame woke up after they kicked him out Big ups for not staying sleep !

  • RichFromBX

    He needs to stop acting like this is just a hip hop thing. This is the music business, it was happening to artist going back to the 40s and 50s. Also, he shouldn’t act like it’s just the white people in the business. Why doesn’t he go after Puffy – he raped and robbed just about every artist that was signed to Bad Boy.

    • Maitreya One

      It’s our culture read The Declaration of Peaceplease bro it will give you insight

    • Glasscut

      This is true those jazz musicians and early signers to motown records and the like got raped hard.. Sad but it’s true.. Slavery is still here but it’s just taken a new face and a new shape.

      • Elayorx El

        Real talk.

      • Killuminati

        its not slavery if ur still gettin paid…they might miss out on money becuz they dont stipulate that in the contract they signed previously….all the sudden cuz someones lawyer doesnt word shit right in the contract they get screwed now its slavery…u sound dumb as hell….lmao

      • Killuminati

        yea u def sound dumb as hell….im not writing a term paper here….is that all u got ? ur just mad cuz im right… u can hang on to that slave shit all u want…just holds u back in the long run…dont try to act smarter than u r my friend…your not above no one talkin bout slavery…i kno u would take the money these so called “slaves” get paid and shut up too lol….

      • Glasscut

        You know i would take the money.. lmao really.. I guess your a soothsayer.. The fact that you can’t formulate a sentence without being disrespectful says a lot about you.. Talks about slavery holding me back hahaahaa okay. But your right i’ve learned not to argue with soothsayers.

      • Killuminati

        yep….i see the future….and its a shame that u resort to calling shit “slavery”…slavery is a restriction of freedom….and last time i checked these artists are still able to do what they want with their money and themselves….lol

      • Killuminati

        and yes i said lawyers wording the contracts wrong….like look at papoose for instance…he signed with jive and the per his contract WRITTEN BY HIS ATTORNEY…if he didnt drop an album by a specific date then they had to release him and the rights to his music and pay him a million….thats an example of an attorney wording the contract in the artists favor DUMB ASS

    • Elayorx El

      Real talk, and I actually think he has circumvented the, “puppets”, and just gone straight to the, “masters”. Image is also important here, which is why I think Dame is steering clear of that route. He mentions, “divide and conquer” also, I believe.

      • RichFromBX

        so is the issue that hip hop artists are being robbed by labels or is he trying to create a new image for himself?

        And is he going after the people robbing artist or white people robbing artists which at that point he’s somewhat excusing the actions of Puff as if to say “Puff is of this culture so if he wants to rob an artist, that’s fine, but you Lyor, you’re not so I have to call you out”

      • Elayorx El

        Those are great questions, and at the end of the day, I don’t disbelieve Dash may be somehow trying to benefit in some way, but the vehicle he is using can’t be denied. Sometimes in order to “get in”, you have to turn a blind eye, only to set things up for later, in order to be able to do what you want. At least that is what someone told me…lol. Puff has handlers, and I would not out my boy, if I had a problem with the way the “handlers” did business, but that’s just me.

  • Mr007

    How is this even relevant? When Dame had money I didn’t hear any of this. I didn’t see him putting his other money mates on the spot getting them to create their own labels…… So why now? All of a sudden everyone did him dirty and it’s a cultural movement. It’s business. If you don’t like the food at Mcdonalds you can’t get mad at their recipe…….you take ya money elsewhere. If everyone hates how these dudes do business……stop feeding them

    • Glasscut

      Lol.. your silly period.. Do you even know what a contract is ?? do you think once you sign you can just walk away ? even if it’s a partnership.. my friend think first before you type.. Lol take your money elsewhere. .You should be glad that Dame is shedding light on this issue.. Most rappers have never seen the kind of money they’re offered and do you think their lawyers are going to really do things to their benefit ?? lawyers have an agenda too..

      I am going to leave it at that from the bit i know about contracts and the music biz.. It might take one a month to breakdown the intricacies on what these contracts fully entail.. Lyor is a culture vulture period, steve stoute is an uncle ruckus of the industry.. I suggest you find and read a record contract before you speak..

      • Mr007

        I’m confused at your writings. You’re suggesting ignorance is the scapegoat? Because Lyor or whoever forced these individuals to sign these documents and purposely made them long so it would take to long to read it??? Dame isn’t shedding light on anything that’s not known. Record contracts for dummy’s maybe? I really don’t understand your point? And I’m continuing to think as I type and I still can’t figure what you were saying relevant to this article or my writing

      • Glasscut

        All i am saying is if they wrote these contracts in a way that these young rap artists would understand and these lawyers or rather individuals have any regard for the culture they wouldn’t use the slight entrapments they call contracts.. At the same time i do believe that some artist are ignorant and have no regard for what the terms are within the contract they’re signing…. At the same time i make the above statements i understand that business is business and honesty is something else..

      • As soon as some of those guys saw a contract it seems that they visualized cars, clothes, champagne, jewelry, girls and what not. I’m sure I would have done the same thing when I was much younger.

        The contracts had legalese, I don’t think many street dudes would find it easy to read. All a street dude would have cared about is how much am I getting paid and when. ………….. Once that signature is on the paper it’s a done deal. True that’s business. A signature means YES I fully understand that legalese. LOL.

        I know this isn’t the ideal comparison, but how many of us read mobile phone ( cell phone) contracts before signing them? If you do, I take my hat off to you and salute you. Imagine there being an unwanted hidden clause after signing it, what do you do?

        As much as I respect Dame, dude condoned that culture too if he kept it hidden / quiet for so long. Maybe he thought they’d call him a snitch LOL.

        I’ve seen videos of him negotiating bigger budgets for artists ,but not confronting anyone about being what he calls ” culture vultures”

        Dame is good with words though and that’s why peeps are afraid to go one on one with him live on air.

      • Glasscut

        Nice comment.. Big up’s

  • Elayorx El

    You know what’s cra? The actual perpetual link to slavery, with the ongoing same game, but just different players involved. Same people benefitting off of the same ignorance, fear, and desperation of another people. Same dodgy, shifty, elusiveness when called to task, on the same behavior. Same snake, continually shedding old skin, donning a, “new look”, for a different time. Dame may have been a former, “overseer”, but even during that period, he was still trying to devise ways to empower the culture, and change things for the betterment of those that came after, more or less, which I think is at the root of the split with Jay. I respect Jay because he rapped about everything he wanted, and made it happen, knowing full well, probably around the RD album, that he would venture off on his own eventually. If Jay stayed with Dame, they would have had continued success, but no where near the level Jay has attained since the split, in all probability. More light, and protection to you Dame, because there are those of us still left that truly love this Hip-Hop culture of ours, and want the exploitation, anguish, and overall poisoning to come to an end, not to mention the “rain” of those that claim themselves to be “chosen”. Considering the last sentence, I’m all in favor of a “drought” right now, allowing the Sun to shine through on us once again. One L….

  • JD

    Damon Dash is an idiot. This guy f’d himself. He had such an ego he was burning bridges and that’s why Jay Z cut him loose.

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  • Sorry Dame but you’re argument would have been great when you was at the top of your game and blowing money fast……Once you sell you’re soul to the devil there is no turning back for a refund.

    • Remember that Malcolm X was once Detroit Red, so the past doesn’t mean shit nigga.

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  • oliguti

    Trying to rape??? funny shit!!! I think he’s 10 or more years too late. The culture of hip hop has been raped long long ago. Put on the radio. No scratching(djs), no mention of b-boys/ b-girls or graffiti, no MCing (just riddling), just the same beat just diff arrangement.

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