It’s hard to imagine that one of the three founding fathers of Roc-A-Fella Records, Damon “Dame” Dash, doesn’t consider himself a hip-hop mogul. Despite his contributions to the label and Rocawear clothing line alongside Jay Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, the self-made businessman says his impact is deeper than rap.
“I never really considered myself super hip-hop, ever in life,” Dame tells VIBE. “I don’t think anything that I’ve done reflects that. I just feel like the biggest thing that I’ve done that’s translated to pop culture on the biggest level has been hip-hop because of Jay and Kanye. But I never was like everyday all day hip-hop guy. I don’t like to be considered a ‘hip-hop mogul’. I don’t know what that means. It’s very rare that a person, especially in his twenties and thirties, can do more than one business and do it well. I don’t know why you would downplay it by saying ‘hip-hop.’ to me that goes into tycoon status.”
In the first installment of VIBE’s My Philosophy, Dame breaks down his business model, capitalizing with his partner Biggs and defines what a boss is. Watch part one of the three-part series above.