Former Roc-A-Fella mogul Dame Dash has thrown in his views on why Bobby Shmurda has not gotten more help with his legal plight from the very music industry that toasted to him when he was “hot.”
“I think it’s unfortunate when someone is as young as he is and people make money off of him, that no one explains to him exactly what the business is,” Dame Dash told Dr. Boyce Watkins. “And not understanding that when people are making money off you, once they can’t make money off you anymore, they’re not your friends no more. They’re not looking out for you no more. You understand what I’m saying? I know there was an expectation that L.A. Reid should have bailed him out or at least Epic should have bailed him out. And what I was explaining earlier was, number one, when someone in the music business—An artist is always in debt. They’re always giving you an advance against what you’re gonna sell. So, what I can see—And again, I don’t know exactly what it is. But if you were to ask me and I could give you an educated guess…When you give someone an advance. And then you have to put money into selling the record.”
L.A. Reid recently spoke about how he felt on it all, but eluded that the money simply isn’t there to help Shmurda.
“People don’t know anything about my business, right?” L.A. Reid said during a podcast with Rap Radar. “It’s really not their business. That’s the truth about it, right? We’re not elected officials here. And we’re not at liberty to disclose how we do business. It’s fair practice, I can tell you that. But, it’s not the industry that it once was. We seriously don’t make the money we used to make. That’s a fact of life, right?”