Damon Dash

Damon Dash

Born: May 3, 1971
Age: 53
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
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Damon Dash (born May 3, 1971), also known as Dame Dash, is an American entrepreneur, music producer and actor. Dash is best known as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Shawn Carter and Kareem Burke.



Early life

Born in New York City, Dash swept the floors of a local barbershop and sold newspapers in order to buy sneakers and shirts as a teenager. Dash developed his work ethic from the example of his mother, who died of an asthma attack when he was 15. Dash was sent to a private school in order to receive a better education. His success helped him discover the different fields he wanted to branch out into.


Dash served as Jay-Z's former manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records, and in 1999, he organized a tour for Jay-Z which made $19 million. Their relationship soured as a result of two subsequent events. The first was when Roc-A-Fella Records was purchased by Def Jam Recordings (which had previously only owned half of the company) in 2004, after which Jay-Z agreed to take a job as Def Jam's president. Then, in late 2005, Jay-Z bought Dash out of his stake in Rocawear. In April 2014, it was announced that Dash is also involved with Blind Debit, a fingerprint payment application being developed by Dez White.

Personal life

Dash met R&B singer Aaliyah in late-1999 through Dash's accountant in New York and dated her until her death on August 25, 2001 from a plane crash in The Bahamas. Though they were not formally engaged, in interviews given after Aaliyah's death, Dash stated that the couple had planned to marry.

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