(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.
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.
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.”
Watch Dame Dash’s interview with VladTV below.