12. Jay and Dame squashed their beef.
No one really knows what ever really happened between Jay-Z and Dame Dash, besides the parties involved in the breakup of Roc-A-Fella Records, but every rap fan felt the same anguished pain when it happened. Two New York City hustlers who started their own record label and made it the world’s strongest force in rap had gone their separate ways as if it was the end of a pick-up game.
All seemed lost between the two – Dame would sound somewhat bitter in resulting interviews, while Jay would always offer up political answers to why the two friends had drifted apart. And that was that. Until August of this year, when a mutual friend, Chaka Pilgrim, threw a birthday party and invited the two of them.
The very next morning, Dame threw up this iconic photo on his Instagram, and instead of sparking rumors, it ignited pure jubilation amongst rap fans who still had their hearts shattered from the break-up. It signified not only a moment of forgiveness, healing and transcendence between old friends, but a passage of time into a new era of hip-hop in 2013.
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