In a recent interview with Kenyatta Griggs of Hip-Hop Motivation, Roc-a-Fella co-founder Dame Dash spoke on the Surviving R. Kelly series. Dame revealed that he had a difficult time watching as it brought up memories of Aaliyah not wanting to discuss her time with R. Kelly. The mogul mentioned that the late singer and his former girlfriend had trouble dealing with the trauma Kelly brought upon her.
“I watched some of it yesterday, as much as I could tolerate,” Dash says. “I’m not gonna lie, as a human, I was tight. I was tight about a couple things. Number one: There was a girl when she was even trying to talk about it and she couldn’t, and I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it and she couldn’t. She would just leave it at, ‘That dude was a bad man’.”
Dame went on to mention how he felt about Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s collaborative Best of Both Worlds album. Dash mentions that he strongly opposed the collab, considering Kelly’s alleged abuse of Aaliyah.
“If you remember The Best of Both Worlds, you don’t see my name on that.I never wanted no part of that,” he says.
“I know I’m not fuckin’ with that […] I knew, morally, we weren’t the same,” Dash said, talking about Jay-Z. “So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn’t fuck with it. It was something that, to me—I don’t wanna say ‘unforgivable,’ but I couldn’t understand it.”
Watch the Dame Dash interview below: