Dame Dash, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, recently discussed the historic rap feud between JAY-Z and Nas during an appearance on The CEO Show. Dash reflected on the beef and offered insights into his perspective on the iconic rivalry, JAY-Z’s apology, and the role of Irv Gotti.
Speaking on the podcast alongside fashion icon Willie Esco, Dame Dash expressed his admiration for Nas and praised his enduring integrity throughout his three-decade career. He also discussed Nas mentioning him in the classic diss track, “Ether.”
“I was in shock but I was happy. I wasn’t hurt,” Dame Dash revealed about Nas referencing him in “Ether.” He perceived Nas’s move as an attempt to distract from the main issues and considered it “bubblegum shit.”
Furthermore, Dame Dash emphasized his respect for Nas, especially as he has evolved in his career and personal style. He commended Nas’s investments and his unwavering commitment to the authenticity of hip-hop.
However, Dame Dash expressed disappointment in JAY-Z’s decision to apologize to Nas, believing it made Roc-A-Fella Records appear weak. He attributed the apology to Irv Gotti’s influence and playfully blamed him for the situation.
JAY-Z’s apology to Nas came in December 2001 after his mother, Gloria Carter, expressed her disapproval of the explicit content in “Supa Ugly,” JAY-Z’s response to “Ether.” In “Supa Ugly,” JAY-Z made crude references about having intimate relations with Nas’s baby mother, Carmen Bryan, and leaving condoms on a baby seat.
During an earlier interview this year, Dame Dash criticized JAY-Z’s response to Nas’s “Ether,” calling it “terrible” and asserting that Nas emerged as the victor in their feud. He also expressed frustration with Irv Gotti’s involvement in the situation.
Dame Dash’s comments shed light on the complex dynamics of the legendary rap battle and the relationships within the hip-hop industry during that era.